Started on a GC Dory from Andy H. plans (18x54) some time ago and decided to post a few images from the build. The plans were put in CAD and cut on a CNC router so there are puzzle joints on large panels. A few modifications from the original design include laminated bow and stern posts and laminated gunwales. It has been a fun build and I am currently fiddling with gutters and hatches. See how this works and I will post more images.


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The boat is done and ready for some water. Displayed it at the Wooden Boat Show at Mystic Seaport this weekend. There are a lot of dory lovers out there! George Kirby spotted his orange and ivory paint and came over for a photo. He is just as high quality of a person as his paint products. Thanks to Andy at High Desert Dories for all of his help and guidance. 

See you on the water,



Hi Dave. That boat looks awesome. Excellent craftsmanship. 

Very nicely done, Dave.

You clearly have the art and the science of wood/composite construction figured out.  Looking forward to finished/launch photos.

I have to agree wholeheartedly that your boat is both beautiful and appears to be well designed and engineered!

Rick Newman


Just saw this posting for the first time.  I'm impressed in your workmanship.  You have a beautiful wooden boat!  I suppose your aiming to take this baby down through the Grand Canyon.  It should make you proud, as I seems to be built to withstand a 7.0 earthquake.


phil w

Thank you for the compliments everyone. That boat gets a lot of attention on and off the water. The BRIGGS lines are amazingly beautiful, powerful, and elegant. I stopped by Kirby Paint today for a few sample colors and enjoyed his natural gas meter artwork. I will post some river photos of Pacific in the Spring. Currently working on a 23 feet Panga.



Last row before the ice shows up.


Dave, what kind of speed do you maintain when flatwater rowing?  I did 2mi in 1hr with headwinds/waves one way over Thanksgiving weekend...wondering if no wind speed is any better?

Using a GPS I could hold 4 mph for a minute or 2 and was able to briefly hit 5 mph for a momentary sprint.  Long distance would be much slower of course.  If I'm drag racing a raft I will implode before I would let them win !

I had a Tatman 17.5, 54 inch bottom that I would row across Skilak lake into the Kenai river in Alaska and that rowed really well. I would guess 5mph. That boat was not as wide at the bow or stern though.The Briggs pushes a lot more water and is certainly not as fast as that, but the Tatman was 300 pounds and the Briggs is probably 550 to 600 pounds and I am twice as old. I think 3mph sounds about right for the Briggs but I will check mine out in the Spring. A 28 mile row sounds like a great adventure. Pace yourself and you should have a nice time. Enjoy!

10 miles a day on flatwater sounds easy enough , any day on your boat is better than a day off

I have been playing with a mini Dory design and came up with a double ender that I like. 
11 feet 4 inches long, 47 inch bottom width, 74 inch beam, 23 inch side height at the oarlocks.



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