Need help picking a boat design

Discussion in 'Wooden Boat Building and Restoration' started by JonnyBoat, Sep 13, 2020.

  1. JonnyBoat
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    JonnyBoat Junior Member

    I'm looking for a design thats good for 4 people but occasionally 6 on calm days, 16'-18', less than 800 lbs with deck and center console. I'd like to power it with something around a 40 hp and will handle well in the bays and rivers of midcoast Maine. Preferably plywood construction. I can handle complex but would just assume it was a simple build. I like the lines of skiffs and dorys with high bows and lots of freeboard. Mostly a family (me, wife and two young kids) cruising boat but will probably haul a few lobster traps from time to time.

    I bought plans for a Spira international dory but began to wonder if there might be better designs out there.

    Thanks!
    John
     
  2. fallguy
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    Bateau c19 comes to mind.
     
  3. JonnyBoat
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    Thanks for pointing me to Bateau. The c19 might be a bit more boat than I want but the Fast skiff 17 might fit the bill. I have a 3 and 5 axis wood router CNC at work so I'm liking the way they are built.
     
  4. JonnyBoat
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    Looks like seating might be tight with a center console but maybe some kind of configuration in the bow might get me 4?
     
  5. fallguy
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    4 in a 17 is a realistic max for fishing; you can probably get 6 or 7 on the rating plate
     
  6. JonnyBoat
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    That sounds about perfect. If I ever had more that 4 it would just be for a scenic ride on the lake. I think it will fit on the trailer I already own so that is a big plus.
     
  7. Mr Efficiency
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    Is the boat you have bought plans for, flat-bottomed ? Such boats are more of a punishment, than a pleasure, in anything other than a dead calm, there is a case to be made for flat bottom rowing, or slow speed dories, but in planing boats, should be banned by law ! They are simply, not sea-kindly, and especially for women and children. Here's one that I have posted before, and incidentally have no connection with, or any financial interest in promoting, but it would be a universe apart from flat-bottom horrors. I'm not even sure the plans are still available, but can find out fairly easily.
    BlisscraftOceaneer_Lines_LRG.jpg
     
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  8. JonnyBoat
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    The plans I bought are for a flat bottom dory. I had planned to power it with my 15 hp and upgrade to a bigger motor later but I've decided I'd rather build something with some v in it and get a bigger motor.

    What size motor would be needed to power that boat?
     
  9. Mr Efficiency
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    40 hp would be OK, but 70 would be better. They used to run with old 40's decades ago, and the modern 40 has more power, being prop rated. They are only a moderate vee, about 14 degrees, so don't need big HP.
     

  10. fallguy
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    fs17 - 25hp min

    she has 25 dr at the cut and 3.5 at the tr
     
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