Lucky Pierre

$15.00 - $875.00
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a 26' St. Pierre dory

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Evolution is responsible for many of the most versatile and respected boats, and the Grand Banks dory as exemplified by the famous St. Pierre type is a perfect example. For over 100 years these seaworthy craft have been carrying their crews of two or three fishermen to the fishing grounds off Newfoundland with incredible reliability, safety, and economy. Returning with a ton or two of fish in any sea condition is nothing unusual. While the first craft used sails, most switched to power generations ago. In the event of a power failure, the boats could be rowed home. Because of limited mooring facilities, the fishermen pulled the boats up on shore, made easy by the flat bottom. To make this practical with an engine, however, a haul-up shaft and propeller arrangement was incorporated which has become a traditional arrangement.

Our LUCKY PIERRE carries the evolution of the St. Pierre dory several steps further. Not only is the traditional haul-up shaft version detailed on the plans, but also a well-mounted outboard version that can be tilted up free of the bottom for easy beaching and shoal draft operation. Or for those who want a conventional diesel or gasoline inboard, this version is included too.

Most important with our LUCKY PIERRE is the greatly simplified form of construction. Traditional St. Pierre dories are not really suitable for most amateurs, but we've changed all that. The flat bottom and straight flaring topsides readily adapt to simple and economical sheet plywood construction. By careful design including the use of full size patterns, framing up for the LUCKY PIERRE is quick and easy, even for the rank amateur. No difficult joints or steam bending is required. To hold down costs, there's a minimum of outfitting required because of such things as built-in mooring bitts and steering provided by a simple, reliable tiller connected to a retractable transom-mounted rudder.

The excellent qualities of the St. Pierre dory should not be restricted to the Grand Banks, and that's why we kept the beam of our LUCKY PIERRE under 8'. You can trailer the boat anywhere, launching wherever there's a place to slide the craft into the water. A cabin with full sitting headroom and long settee-berths plus optional head means that two can lay over if need be. Of course, for those who do not want the cabin, it can be omitted for even more room. All in all, the LUCKY PIERRE is hard to beat where a really low cost, seaworthy, simple powerboat is required. Our easy-to-follow plans and instructions will show you how to have your own for less work and money than you might think.

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Length overall:
7'-11 1/2"
Bottom width (max.):
Hull weight (approx.):
1000 lbs.
Hull depth (max.):
Hull depth midships:
Bottom width:
Height overall:
Cockpit size:
10'-0" x 7' max.
Cockpit depth:
30" to 39"
Cabin headroom (max.):
Fuel capacity:
20 gals.
Sleeping accommodations:
Hull type:
Flat bottom St. Pierre type dory hull with flaring topsides, developed for sheet plywood planking; two layers of 1/2"on the bottom, one 3/8" or 1/2" layer on topsides.
Single well-mounted outboard, conventional gasoline or diesel powered inboard, or traditional dory-type haul-up shaft inboard power with retractable shaft and propeller. Recommended horsepower from 5 to 30 depending on engine type.
Approx. operating speeds:
6 to 10 knots, depending on loading, weight, power, and propeller used.
Can the hull be extended or shortened?:
Yes. Up to 10% by re-spacing the frames from the aft end of the stem to the transom a proportional amount. We do not recommend increasing the beam.
Designed for use with Glen-L Series 3800 boat trailer plans.