Help Me Choose a Design!

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saltpine
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Help Me Choose a Design!

Postby saltpine » Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:48 am

Hello all,

After some lurking on general boating forums as well as here, I have decided to take the plunge! I've been looking at Glen L as their full size plans are appealing for a boating and boat building newcomer; however I am having difficulty choosing a plan. I asked in the new members introduction section, but maybe I will have better feedback here.

I live in midcoast Maine, so we get pretty large seas, even in the inner harbors. I'm an avid fisherman, and the boat will be used most frequently to that end (stripers, recreational lobster traps, and occaisionally bluewater tuna). I would like the peace of mind that comes with a vessel capable of getting caught out in 6-8 foot seas and still making it back to shore (I realize this would still be terrifying). Trailerable crafts are preferred, but there are enough moorings available to me that this is not a showstopper.

Knowing the above use cases, I was looking at the Hunky Dory, Chunky Dory, V-Dory, as well as the Key West and Double Eagle. Regardless of the hull choice, I am planning a very simple yet functional plywood build featuring a self bailing flat deck with a small center console (no awning or enclosed cabins). Really like the feel of a wide open boat, and trying to keep the expense of outfitting to a minimum. Perhaps a few seats bow side for being able to take out friends to catch a sunset over the harbor would be nice. As a novice boat builder, I was leaning outboard for power plant but this is not a foregone conclusion.

I would love to hear any feedback regarding boat choice... I am done preparing the shop and extra garage bay (heated! woot), only thing to do now is to order the plans and start on the framing! Bring on the project.... winters are long up here. Anybody have thoughts?

Hunky Dory (Pacific Dory)
http://www.glen-l.com/designs/workboat/hunkydory.html

Chunky Dory (V-hull hybrid Pacific Dory)
http://glen-l.com/designs/hankinson/chunkydory.html

V Dory (V-hull hybrid Pacific Dory)
https://www.glen-l.com/designs/workboat/vdory.html

Key West (Traditional Sportfisher)
https://www.glen-l.com/designs/workboat/keywest.html

Double Eagle (Modified Downeast Lobster Boat)
https://www.glen-l.com/designs/workboat/doubleeagle.html

Best,
Salt Pine

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Re: Help Me Choose a Design!

Postby DrBryanJ » Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:14 am

Hi Salt: Welcome to the forum. I don't know much about the different designs, so I can't really help you decide. I know Kens has a double eagle that I believe he uses in the Atlantic off the Carolinas. ( I might be 100% wrong about it thought :oops: ) If you don't get any replies, maybe you could private message him for some info on his boat.


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Re: Help Me Choose a Design!

Postby saltpine » Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:20 am

Thanks Bryan! I have stalked the *crap* out of kens' post history... his double eagle build is very inspiring. If I were to tackle a double eagle, I would similarly build it out to be as utilitarian and minimal as possible (no cabins!)

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Re: Help Me Choose a Design!

Postby Bill Edmundson » Fri Jun 16, 2017 7:48 am

Salt

This is a great example of the V-dory. It goes out in the Atlantic often also. http://boatbuilders.glen-l.com/v-dory-d ... am-machala

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Re: Help Me Choose a Design!

Postby saltpine » Fri Jun 16, 2017 9:23 am

Salt

This is a great example of the V-dory. It goes out in the Atlantic often also. http://boatbuilders.glen-l.com/v-dory-d ... am-machala

Bill


I was leaning Dory to begin with, but either V- or Chunky to smooth out riding through chop. I like the idea of a well mounted inboard; economical to get into the hobby and provides the same utilitarian advantages of a central inboard whilst fishing.

I have read a thread about V-* or Chunky and the remark was that they are extraordinarily similar boats. Any viable advantage of one vs. the other, particularly construction effort?

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Re: Help Me Choose a Design!

Postby saltpine » Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:42 am

Also, the dory plans do not mention if the cockpits are self-bailing. Are they?


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