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self bailing on decked dories?

Started Aug 5, 2010

self bailing on decked dories?

Started Aug 5, 2010

self bailing on decked dories?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Tommy Fuller Oct 21, 2011.


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New Hampshire, Portsmouth
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I'm building a Rogue River Dory without the reverse sheer. I'm interested in class 4-5 whitewater mostly out west, but I will make some test runs here in New Hampshire and Maine.

I'm a very low budget guy! I plan on completing my dory for 450 dollars total. I used fir for the frames from 2x4's that I ripped. Standard A/C 3/8 inch plywood =22 dollars a sheet. The only epoxy I will use will be to seal the edges of the plywood and the water proof the chines.

I think I'll have to make my own oars. Maybe I will get one old alumium shaft and cut it to make 'take-apart' sections.

I appreciate all input. Email is not my strong suit so phone calls are even better 603-431-7957. I will return all phone calls on my nickel.

Whitewater raft guide on Maine rivers and primary boatman through Grand Canyon in 1991. WW Kayaker etc
Boats I own:
Sea kayak; self built "sequin" -plans from wooden boat magazine. I also built a dogsled of white ash

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At 7:55am on August 24, 2010, Jim Rubino said…
If you look at the photo of the red McKenzie boat you'll notice that it's not completely decked over like the other Briggs Dory - there's more open space for fishermen/storage, etc.

At 3:14pm on May 24, 2009, Andy Hutchinson said…
Hi Den,
In regards to the Little North Fork dory in Moab, I don't know too much of her history. I believe she mostly ran trips on the Salmon R. for Northwest Dories in the Martin Litton years and (now) O.A.R.S., probably "put out to pasture" (w/the Oosta Lake), to beat around Canyonlands on the occasional raft trip when they run a dory or two on their trips there. She was made in the Eastside Boatshop, by one of the Lavier Brothers, probably in the mid-80's or so. Little North Fork (guessing) is probably a tributary to the Salmon in Idaho, but not sure there.
The other boatshop (of the Lavier Brothers) was/is called Lavro, know for mass-producing fishing, (and the occasional, whitewater/decked boats made entirely out of fiberglass (roven woven material) and gel-coated. An inexpensive hard-hull, that I'm sure has delivered a lot of joy to fly fishermen out there.
I'm not sure about the Eastside boat designs, but guessing they are similar to the Lavro which are basically, low-sided McKenzies.
Most of my boats are marine ply, sheathed w/ West systems epoxy and e-glass. I've never built an entire boat out of fiberglass, though I have built several, airex, p.v.c.-foam core boats.
Thanks for the questions/thoughts and best of luck in your dory romance!

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