Plans to build the 18' [5.5 M] Carolinian Carolina Dory

This is a classic Carolina style dory, in about the same size has have been used in the Carolinas for over 100 years by both commercial and sport fishermen. With a dory shape but a rockerless bottom, they really move out well with moderate power and handle the rough stuff with ease. You see several boats of this type out here in Southern California making the passage out to Santa Catalina Island, 26 miles across some fairly open sea. These are great, inexpensive projects to build and lots of fun to operate. It'll move out smartly with a 9.9 hp motor but really cooks with 30 hp, about all you want to put on a boat like this. It is detailed for both a transom mount and a well mounted outboard engine.

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About Carolina Dories

The Carolina Dory is a specialized type of craft derived from the original Grand Banks styles after the advent of power. It was quickly learned that the built-in rocker on the bottoms of traditional dories was fine for the very limited speeds possible with oar or sail power, but only held the boats back once gasoline and diesel engines became available. As a result, builders straightened out the bottoms to allow the boat to plane, and the Carolina Dory was born. These sturdy craft were originally used as commercial fishing boats in the mid-Atlantic states, especially in the inland and nearshore waters around the Carolinas. Unlike modern power boats, Carolina Dories don't require lots of power to move along at quite a good clip. They're economical and exhibit their traditional dory heritage by performing quite well and safely in choppy conditions.



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