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  1. J

    Shouldered Flare

    Shouldered flair is a great design. My preference is for a narrower bottom, less overall side flair and lower sides. It amounts to about the same ease of reach when paddling but with a lower seat height and a little less initial stability....... trade-offs that I'm willing to make to have a...
  2. J

    Bayou Dorcheat Pirogue #4

    Bee, that looks like it should work well. Only so much you can do with a short boat. The bow looks much sleeker, too.
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    Grand Banks Dory

    Aside from the paddling backwards thing, a dory would make a good all-around boat. Some of the modern ones have a motor well a foot or two from the stern and can accept up to 8 hp or so. They move right along with the traditional oars. You are using the power of both legs, both arms and your...
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    Build design thoughts?

    OK, let me try to reverse engineer a design. What are the specs of the best of the two boats you've built? Pros and cons of the design? Where do you think it fell short? What did you like about it? Preferred seat height? Preferred weight range......... 55-60 lbs is pretty doable with big...
  5. J

    Grand Banks Dory

    A flat bottom and two angled sides is a pretty good formula for a lot of different uses.
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    Grand Banks Dory

    I've been interested in learning more about the common dory. Many versions are out there, but the Grand Banks Dory seems to be the classic style. A typical one would be 19 1/2 feet long and 5 foot 7" max beam..........a pretty formidable boat. VERY stout construction. Bottoms were 1" to 1...
  7. J

    Build design thoughts?

    If I do build another one, cedar SS&G will probably be my choice.
  8. J

    Build design thoughts?

    I've built one boat with luan, and probably wouldn't use it again. Mine was a kayak glassed inside and out. I would consider it border line effective. Basically, you will probably save only 8-10 lbs by going with glassed luan. Pine ply is much more robust and easier to work with. You can...
  9. J

    Build design thoughts?

    Chuck, that seems to have been a common design in the days of cod fishing with long lines. It seems to a be a pretty seaworthy boat. Technically a flat bottom but I'll bet it doesn't act like one.
  10. J

    Build design thoughts?

    Check out this video. He's building a quick "dory" type of boat. It's basically a pirogue with a narrow bottom and very high sides which allows it to ride deeper in the water. Supposedly, it's a very stable and seaworthy design. May have too much draft for shallow waters, but maybe that's...
  11. J

    fiberglass or wood handle axe?

    I like wood. If you happen to break a wood handle, you could probably cobble one up on site. If you break a fiberglass handle ( that's a BIG if) I don't know that you could easily get the remnants out of the head. I have a feeling they're epoxied in. You might dull a knife several times to...
  12. J

    Bayou Dorcheat Pirogue #3

    I'd say you have the design about perfected. IF you wanted to pick the stern up some, you could make it wider and/or add more flair behind center. That may create a bit more resistance, but there are almost no free lunches in boat design.
  13. J

    Bayou Dorcheat Pirogue #3

    It should work fine.
  14. J

    Bayou Dorcheat Pirogue #3

    Thanks. Let us know how it trims out.
  15. J

    Bayou Dorcheat Pirogue #3

    Looking sharp, Bee. Just don't be fishing in any boiling water! How far behind center in the widest part of the bottom?
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    Bayou Dorcheat Pirogue # 2

    Good fix, Bee. I've got a bubble on the bottom of mine too. I'll probably do the same.
  17. J

    How Often/How Long?

    I only use my pirogue once or twice a month lately. I normally go on 2 to 4 mile easy cruises with almost no added weight. If I fish, I'll have a lightweight fly fishing outfit, a few flies, a 3 lb anchor and a plastic bucket for the fish. Add a water bottle and it's less than 10 lbs. By...
  18. J

    Trim/Rocker

    I wouldn't think rocker makes much of a difference in buoyancy of a certain area of the boat. Probably better to concentrate on width in the area you want to carry more weight. Use rocker to tune the handling characteristics of the boat.
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    Trim/Rocker

    I measure mine by sitting the boat on a flat surface with the gunnels as level as I can get them. With a pirogue with a hard angle from the stems to the bottom, you can get a pretty accurate measurement. With a a canoe or kayak with curving lines at the stems, I tend to measure from a place...
  20. J

    Sampan or plank pirogue

    That's for sure.