Power Dory seaworthiness

Discussion in 'Boat Design' started by makobuilders, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. Mr Efficiency
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    Mr Efficiency Senior Member

    Sounds right to me, an el cheapo solution to building a boat, what else can be built from just three panels, that floats ? And of course they row fairly well, but the comfort and safety is not that great. More of a romantic illusion than anything else.
  2. makobuilders
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    A dory is probably one of the fastest and cheapest means of building a hull. Gets you out on the water faster. Nothing wrong with that. After all, isn't the definition of a successful boat being that which brings the most enjoyment?

    That being said, there's much to be said to the origami hull folding methodology that Brent Swaim has developed. Anything that can speed up the building process is a plus.

    "Romantic illusion". Quite possibly.

    Regarding Tad's comment "Carrying a bunch of ballast is inefficient", that may be true and it burns more fuel, but I've never found the cost of fuel for my displacement trawlers to be a significant cost of ownership.
  3. tom28571
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    All true if your main purpose is to get on the water. Most people here on this "design" forum do not have that inclination. I think most of us are interested in how a boat performs and how to get the most out of it so we have a different perspective. No doubt that a dory is about the simplest boat to build. I like the design and building process as well as the using of a boat. Have the same attitude toward a flat bottom boat. Except for some limited special purposes I'd never have one of them. I may be wrong in speaking for most others on this forum but I don't think so.
  4. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    A Flatiron skiff model would be a better choice than a dory, still having the simplicity of the flat bottom, but enough bottom width, particularly aft to offer better stability, similar dory looks and more accommodations. Dave Geer has done one quite sizable cruiser like this (60' I think).

  5. pdwiley
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    pdwiley Senior Member

    He's still alive, or implemented a really good email AI before departing the scene...

    Not very active any more, though. He might sell you a standard set of plans for a boat, might not, I don't know. Easy enough to ask him.

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