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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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!