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Dory Skiff Plans


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There's an interesting back story to the Dory Skiff. She was originally sketched out by an undergraduate at M.I.T. by the name of Herreshoff for his roommate and friend Albert Hoedke. Albert was an architect here in town, and one day showed up at our shop to see whether we would build a dory skiff for his lady friend (Albert was well into his 80s at the time.). The original drawing had long since disappeared but he stood there at the bench and sketched her out to the best of his recollection. That sketch eventually led to the set of plans we are offering here. With that provenance, you'd expect her to be a lovely boat, and she is that.

Her hull dimensions are: LOA=9'-0" Beam=3'-10" Depth Amidships=1'-4". She weighs approximately 70 lbs when built according to plan specifications. It's important to note that this is not a typical skiff. Instead of being flat sided, this one is actually round sided. She's a pretty little thing, but more work to build than a usual skiff because her planks have to be sawn to shape. That's not a big deal, because the second page of the plans contains all the plank dimensions you'll need. It's drawn to 1-1/2" scale so that you can see their shapes, with a table of dimensions imediately below them so that you will be able to size them accurately.



She can be built as plain or as fancy as you wish, but you had better allow for about 80 hours building time.

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