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Following are the stock plans available for the various types of boats, separated into the different categories. Many, like the Carolina dory, Midwestern drift boat or Pacific power dory are named after the areas where they were first developed. This doesn't mean that they are useful for only that area. On the contrary, each has its plusses and minuses for all types of use and in many different conditions. I try to describe these in the right sidebar headers. If you have any questions about this at all, please just drop me an email and ask. The email link is above.

Pacific Power Dories

Offshore Power Dories

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12' Cheyenne
14' Seneca
17' Tillamook
19' Albion
23' Winchester

14' Kootenay
17' Courtenay
19' Anacapa
23' Farallon
27' Sitka
32' Kodiak

Carolina Dories

V-Bottom Dories

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14' Pescadero
16' Oysterman
18' Carolinian
20' Caladesi
22' Sanibel
24' Key Largo
27' Bahaman
30' Key West
55' Tanuki

15' Alamitos
17' Kachemak
19' Hatteras
22' Norfolk
24' Chesapeke
24' Clemente Pocket Cruiser


Row/Power & Rowing Skiffs

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12' Bahia Mini Panga
14' Ensenada Mini Panga
16' Robalo Junior Panga
18' Veracruz Panga
19' Quintana Wide Panga
21' Tiburon Panga
23' Ixtapa Super Panga
26' Manzanillo Ultra Panga

11' Champlain Row/Power Skiff
13' Walden Row/Power Skiff
15' Hudson Row/Power Skiff
18' Kennebeck Row/Power Skiff
13' Bay Matagorda Rowing Skiff
15' Cape Cod Rowing Skiff

Grand Banks Style Dories

Garvey Dories

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11' Otters Point
13' Juneau
16' Nova Scotian w/ Sail Option
17' Texan w/ Outboard Well
19' Alaskan w/ Sail Option
24' Labrador w/ Sail Option

12' Avila Garvey Dory
14' Nola Garvey Dory
16' Wye River Garvey Dory
19' Galveston Garvey Dory
24' Puchie Special Garvey Dory
27' Mobile Garvey Dory
28' Folkboat Cajun Folkboat Garvey

Flats and Bayou Boats

Power Drift Boats & Surf Crashers

Easy To Build Flats and Bayou Boat Wood Boat Plans Easy To Build Power Drift Boat Wood Boat Plans

14' Chalmette Micro-Skiff
16' Rail Bird Poling Skiff
16' Endurance Fly-Fishing Flats Boat
18' Ka-Joe Quiet Bayou Boat
18' Bayou Jubilee Flats Boat
15-1/2 - 19' Sabine Flats Boat
24' Matagorda Flats Catamaran

16' Rogue Power Drifter
17' Haystack Beach Surf Dory
19' Outer Banks Surf/Power Drifter
24' Glacier Bay Power Drifter
27' Valdez Power Drifter

Western Style Drift Boats

Midwestern Style Drift Boats

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13' Mackinaw
14' Riverman
17' Chinook
17' Grander

13' Ozark Fisherman
14' Canadian
15' Pactola
16' Yukon

Other Small Boats

Ultralight Stitch & Glue Boats

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12' Bolsa Chica Stand-Up Paddleboard
13' Fiesta Bay Speed Boat
14' Crawdad Jon Boat
16' Oscoda Mini Tug Boat

7' Mini Miss Skiff
8' Back Bay Pram
11' Mission Bay Skiff
14' Minuteman Row Boat
14' Maxi Miss Skiff
15' Glousterman Rowing Dory
20' Puget Challenge Offshore Rowing Dory

Skipjacks and Chesapeake Deadrises

Bass and Dive Boats

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17' Ablemarle Power Skipjack
24' Pokomoke Chesapeake Deadrise
27' Tangier Chesapeake Deadrise

16' Skeeter Bass Boat
19' Okeechobee Bass/Dive Boat
22' Bird Rock Bass/Dive Boat

Larger Stitch & Glue Boats

Duck Hunting Boats

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16' Newporter
18' San Diegan
20' Californian

13' Marsh Rat Mini Duck Boat
16' Rail Bird Poling Skiff
18' Capybara Duck Boat



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16' Eloi Cajun Canoe
17' Scanoe Power Cajun Canoe
11' Current River Youth Canoe
15' St. Croix Traditional Canoe

12' Huntington Harbor (FREE!)
14' Arrow Point Stitch and Glue
15' Greenlander Stitch and Glue
15' / 18' Wilamette River

Mullet Skiffs

St. Pierre Dories

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19' Tortuga
24' La Paz
27' Chubasco

27' Newfie
32' Baffin Bay
34' Lone Star

Hawaiian Sampans

Sharpie Sailing Dories

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22' Pohoiki
25' Kona
31' Hilo
37' Fiji
40' Midway

14' Inagua
24' Andros
27' Eleuthera

Larger Cruisers

Other Sailboats

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27' Cane River Semi Displacement Cruiser
32' Zuider Zee Semi Displacement Cruiser

26' San Juan Double End Cruiser
28' San Miguel Full Displacement Cruiser

Easy To Build Sailboat Wood Boat Plans

14' Aransas Rosslyn Sharpie
20' Centennial II Offshore Sailing Dory
25' Skipjack Gaff Skipjack Sailor


About Dories

Naval Architect and Boat Designer Jeff Spira

Dories are one of the few hundreds of year old boat designs to have survived into the 21st century, and for good reason. Their sea keeping abilities, slippery shapes, extreme versatility, and ease of construction make them one of the best choices for a first-time or veteran boat builder looking for a great boat able to be built on a budget.

Dories began appearing over 200 years ago as small, light, versatile work boats ideal for fishing. They were easy to construct, easy to launch from the beach, easy to row or sail, and could haul a huge load of gear and fish. No one knows exactly where the design came from but many builders started constructing these boats on both sides of the Atlantic. In Europe dories were popular in Portugal, and in North America, Nova Scotia was the center of dory construction. Dories were used extensively to fish the Grand Banks, one of the most important cod fishing locales in the world at that time.

In 1876 a man named Alfred Johnson took a dare in a Gloucester, Massachusetts bar to single handedly sail across the Atlantic in an open dory. He chose a 20 foot dory which he named Centennial to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the United States that year. He fitted with sails and a centerboard, and on June 15th set off from Gloucester for England. He arrived in Liverpool on August 21st 1876 after crossing one of the most treacherous stretches of water in the world, the North Atlantic. He survived a major gale and some horrid seas in a flat bottomed, open boat with no flotation or self bailing decks!


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