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Saturday September 18, 2021

Christoffer Thesslund Launches his 19' [5.8 M] Hatteras V-Bottom Dory in Finland

Christoffer Thesslund sent me these pictures and comments. He did a great job!

Hi Jeff,
Today I splashed my Hatteras here in Lovisa Finland. What a feeling! Too bad the fall is here, it is going to be a long winter to wait for boating weathers.

Best regards
Tosca

Hatteras V-Bottom Dory Wood Boat Plans

Hatteras V-Bottom Dory Wooden Boat Plans

More information and free study prints may be found at: 19' [5.8 M] Hatteras V-Bottom Dory Boat Plans

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Tuesday September 14, 2021

Jack Manson Launches his Walden Skiff in British Columbia, Canada

Jack Manson just sent me these pictures and note. Nice job, especially for a 14 year old!

Hi Jeff,
I am 14 years old and in October I ordered your Walden Skiff plans and recently completed it in June. It's been great fun over the summer. It was launched and now lives at Kootenay Lake, BC, Canada.

Thank you!!
Jack.

Walden Row/Power Skiff Wood Boat Plans

Walden Row/Power Skiff Wooden Boat Plans

Walden Row/Power Skiff Plyood Boat Plans

Walden Row/Power Skiff Easy Boat Plans

More information and free study prints may be found at: 13' [4.1 M] Walden Row/Power Skiff Boat Plans

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Monday September 13, 2021

Lewis McKenzie Launches His San Miguel Displacement Cruiser in New Zealand

Lewis McKenzie from New Zealand launches his San Miguel displacement cruiser in New Zealand. I think he has been working on it for three years or so. I know he's planning on doing some offshore cruising around his country.

San Miguel Displacement Cruiser Wood Boat Plans

San Miguel Displacement Cruiser Wooden Boat Plans

More information and free study prints may be found at: 27' [8.2 M] San Miguel Displacement Cruiser Boat Plans

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Sunday September 12, 2021

Free Business Cards for Your Inquirers

If you have built one of my boats, I'm sure you have been asked, where did you find plans for that boat? Well, I'll be happy to give you some of my basic cards to hand out when people ask. Just drop me an email and give me your address, and I'll get some off to you so you can hand them out, when people ask. It's info@spirainternational.com.

East to Build Wooden Boat Plans

The picture on this card is a Yukon Drift boat, more information and free study prints may be found at: 16' [4.9 M] Yukon Midwestern Drift Boat Plans

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Saturday September 4, 2021

Jeff Crippen's Rogue Power Drifter Nearly Complete in Oregon

Jeff Crippen, a pastor in Oregon, has built three of my designs so far. This is his latest, a 16' Rogue Power Drifter. It looks like he is doing another bang-up job on it. I'm eager to see it when he gets it in the water.

Rogue Power Drifter Wood Boat Plans

Rogue Power Drifter Wooden Boat Plans

More information and free study prints may be found at: 16' [4.9 M] Rogue Power Drifter Boat Plans

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Thursday September 2, 2021

Ron Jansen Finishes His Carolinian Dory in Michigan

Ron Jansen sent me these pictures and this note about finishing his Carolinian dory and how he plans to use it.

Hi Jeff,
Here are some pictures of my mostly finished Carolina Dory, the "Jacht". My friend Tim started this project 5 or 7 years ago (depending on whether you ask him or his wife). He had the frame completed and we took it to my barn this winter to finish the plywood and fiberglass.

We took it out last night for the maiden voyage and were pleased to find out it floats and didn't leak at all. It's far from perfect but we're excited to use it for walleye fishing and duck hunting this fall.

Thanks for convincing us it could be done!
Ron Jansen

Looking good! Hope you enjoy your walleye fishing and duck hunting. Outside of Arctic Char, Walleye is probably my favorite North American freshwater fish to eat.

Carolinian Dory Wood Boat Plans

Carolinian Dory Wooden Boat Plans

Carolinian Dory plywood Boat Plans

More information and free study prints may be found at: 18' [5.5 M] Carolinian Dory Boat Plans

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Tuesday August 31, 2021

Steve Hapanowicz Launches His Carolinian Dory in Ohio

Steve Hapanowicz sent me these pictures and this note about his recent launch.

Hi Jeff,
Finally, 14 months after starting, I launched the "Metanoia."

It glides smooth as silk through the water and has room on the inside for all our gear.

Could not find 10 oars for less than $600.00 and so made those too. I had always planned to paint the oars, but they turned out so good looking that that left them in clear coat. The cooler serves as a live well, rowing seat and foot rest when you want to put your feet up.

Thanks answering all of my questions along the way - it has been an adventure.

Steve.

Nice job! I love seeing everyone's results.

Carolinian Dory Wood Boat Plans

Carolinian Dory Wooden Boat Plans

Carolinian Dory plywood Boat Plans

Carolinian Dory easy Boat Plans

Carolinian Dory homebuilt Boat Plans

More information and free study prints may be found at: 18' [5.5 M] Carolinian Dory Boat Plans

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Wednesday August 25, 2021

Arlyn Anderson's Wilamette River Kayak

Arlyn Anderson sent me these pictures and note:

Hi Jeff,
My son and I built this Willamette River Kayak over the winter. I was concerned about knocking our knuckles on the gunwales so I lowered the sheer about 1-1/2" and raised the stems a couple inches because I liked how it looked. We've been paddling and fishing with it and it works great. We just used marine paint over the plywood but will fiberglass the bottom this winter. It needs the protection because we have learned that we don't baby it.

Thanks for the plans. It is getting used by the whole family.

It came out beautifully. This boat comes in this 15' one holer design and an 18' two holer, both options on the plans.

Wilamette River Kayak Wood Boat Plans

Wilamette River Kayak Wooden Boat Plans

More information and free study prints may be found at: 15'/18' [4.6/5.5 M] Wilamette River Kayak Boat Plans

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Sunday August 22, 2021

Thomas Flaherty' Homebuilt 19' [5.8 M] Anacapa Offshore Power Dory

Thomas Flaherty flips over her Anacapa he's building in Ireland.

Anacapa Offshore Power Dory Wood Boat Plans

Anacapa Offshore Power Dory Wooden Boat Plans

Anacapa Offshore Power Dory Plywood Boat Plans

Anacapa Offshore Power Dory Easy Boat Plans

More information and free study prints may be found at: 19' [5.8 M] Anacapa Offshore Power Dory Boat Plans

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Monday August 18, 2021

Pete Woodward's 14' [4.3 M] Nola Garvey Dory Project

Pete Woodward is getting near to completing his Nola Garvey Dory. He says he's ready for the outboard. This is its first time on the trailer.

Nola Garvey Dory Wood Boat Plans

More information and free study prints may be found at: 14' [4.3 M] Nola Garvey Dory Boat Plans

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Saturday August 14, 2021

Al Triolo's 7th Season In His 14' [4.3 M] Seneca Pacific Power Dory

Al Triolo just sent me these pictures of his Seneca Pacific Power dory from Virginia. He is an example of how many home builders look at their boats and make ongoing changes to them. He said that he finally got the outside done to his liking, and next winter he plans on adding a remote steering console. Ongoing adaptations and changes are one of the fun things about building your own.

14' [4.3 M] Seneca Pacific Power Dory Wood Boat Plans

14' [4.3 M] Seneca Pacific Power Dory Plywood Boat Plans

More information and free study prints may be found at: 14' [4.3 M] Seneca Pacific Power Dory Boat Plans

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Thursday August 12, 2021

Danny Kobold Fishing in His 13' Mackinaw Mckenzie River Drift Boat

Danny Kobold has been spending this summer fishing in his 13' Mackinaw Drift Boat, in this shot with his brother.

Mackinaw Mckenzie River Drift Boat Wood Boat Plans

More information and free study prints may be found at: 13' [3.9 M] Mackinaw Mckenzie River Drift Boat Plans

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Jeff Spira, Naval Architect, marine engineer and boat designer

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Please don't be embarrassed to send in photos of your projects. I get a lot of emails from people who tell me about their build but never send any pictures. I'd love to see them, as would all of the other people who are either building a boat or thinking about it. They need all the encouragement they can get.