Gloucester Light Dory
Editors note: Harry James
is building 3 Dorys. You
can read more about them in Harold
Fritz and Mary Ann
That's Fritz and Mary Ann talking
at the back of her boat. Check out the lumber on the flat bed
in the back, I have some 20 ft lengths of clear 2x12 spruce back
there-$2.00 a foot green and rough, plus yellow cedar of varying
grades. I sure like messing with it. Bingo the boatyard dog shows
that there are many uses for a Gull.
The plan is to camp out of
the Gulls; we have a lot of little islands close to shore locally
and I think that the Gulls are safer than Kayaks. I don't think
my wife can get back into a Kayak after a wet exit, and I know
I can get her back into a second dory. You can put 100lbs of camping
gear into a Dory without changing its handling; that's an excessive
load in a Kayak. I like my folding chairs and other luxury goods.
The Eagles were not distant but
very loud in the trees behind the launching picture, 5-6 of them
chirping loudly (they don't really screech),and waiting for the
salmon in the creek beyond the trees. The creek, appropriately
named Salmon Creek, is one of a couple of hundred in Alaska.
We built a mold and pulled three
hulls off in fairly quick order. We put a stem in one, and stitch
and glued the others. We used the side panel lay out that comes
with the plans, and it came close to the mold. We made a cheap
pattern out of underlayment and routered the sides with a pattern
bit. Dave Ryan stitch and glued his sides; I think that the design
should be built with chines in it. Getting the chines in place
took some time, but they completely change the curve of the plywood
at the bow. It is much sharper with the chines in.
It is not an instant boat,
though with some experience it wouldn't be that difficult. The
time sink was in the finishing. The green boat has cheap plywood
and latex paint. The red one has fiberglassed sides and system
three paint, plus Mary Ann took great pains with the interior.
I would guess 40 hrs in the Green one, 200 plus in the red. We
could have put another 25-40 hrs on the red boat's sides and bottom
for perfection. Headquarters told me to put down the sander, summer
was going by and there is a lot of yard work to be done.
check those reflections
One more to go, awaiting
the paint to come in the mail, system three bright yellow. How
do you like the finish on Mary Ann's (red one)? I didn't get the
1 foot finish, but we got close.