In Reply to: Dory Advice posted by MrBill on October 7, 2004 at 07:40:34:
Hello Mr. Bill
Rowing dories, so many -- so little timeâ€¦ Of course you have John Gardnerâ€™s The Dory Book a definitive on the history, building and designs of dories.
What first comes to mind is Paul Butlerâ€™s â€˜Alaska Doryâ€™ designed in the 80â€™s or 90â€™s for "Outdoor Life". She is a big double ender almost 20 feet in length with a 5â€™ 7â€ beam, weighing in at about 325 lbs. Based on an expanded version of John Gardnerâ€™s Gunning Dory she can carry an immense load, is built of plywood, but is not a speedy rower.
Next is the Hammond 16-foot Swampscott Dory from John Gardnerâ€™s Book. This design has a lot of the â€˜right stuffâ€™ and is an excellent rower. A couple of dories based on this design have rowed from Seattle to Alaska (look for the book "Row to Alaska by Wind and Oar" by Pete & Nancy Ashenfelter) One could expand the stations by a few inches each and stretch the length to about 18â€™ and actually gain some boat speed.
The Surf Dory type may not be the best choice for a rowing vessel. Though it has the looks and can carry a large load, it does not have enough carry between strokes especially into a breeze with those high endsâ€¦ Itâ€™s a burdensome boat, not as svelte as needed for a rowing vessel.
A compromise to all this might be the design above â€œYoukou-Liliâ€ from the French designer Francois Vivier. Here is a sweet small boat inspired by the double ended faerings of Norway and the American Swampscott dory. Her narrow bottom and rounded sides giving a fine sea boat for rowing. I would build it with the centerboard and the rudder saving the mast and sail for last. With the rudder, a person can captain the boat while a pair row. If a breeze springs up pushing one off course the centerboard can be dropped a bit to help keep the boat from drifting to much to leeward. She is built of plywood. Her Specs: LOA 18â€™ 5â€, Beam at Sheer 4â€™ 8â€. More info: www.francois.vivier.info
Anybody know of any Dory Kits out there?
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