I am currently building a 16,9 briggs dory from plans I acquired from Andy. I was curious if any one could provide me with pics of dory with a fully covered back deck. I am looking for ideas on how to finish out the back of the boat. I don't really want to have the back passenger well as I don't intend on it to haul for people. Pros? Cons? If I do stick with the traditional design and have no rear passengers how do you bail? Has anyone ever experimented with a rear passenger well that has a removable cover deck which as I see it would have southco latches probably 4 of them and could be put over the rear seating with maybe even a hatch. This would be probably a semi dry hatch, but would also help shed the large shots of water.
Chris, got pics?
Chris, How far along are you in your dory build? I have just got my boat formed up. Next is chine fillets and inside floor glass layups. I have a little while before decking. I would love to see pics as well.
Marc, Thanks for sharing the picture!
Jeff, Does each one of your rear hatches have its own bulk head to divide the space? Do you have any pics after your conversion? Thanks Derek
I build a similar boat, about a foot shorter, last year. I did a half-depth well in the back with a forward facing seat. It has weep-holes on both sides and drains very quickly. I also have an 18' aluminum briggs boat with the full-size rear well, and really don't like having it fill with water in bit water. Having the front well full of water helps to punch through waves. The half-depth well was a good solution and is great for fishing. It leaves enough room for a 6' sleeping deck in the middle of the boat, as well as additional storage. The light mark on the left side of the boat is the weep hole at the bottom of the rear well. The rear passenger can sit with their back against the transom. The boat balances best with 1 passenger in the front. Happy to send more photos or details in you're interested.
Ben, I would love more pictures and details. I like the size of that boat. Bottom width? Thanks Derek