It suddenly dawned on me one bright October morn that barring miracles or extraordinary effort there would be no Christmas cruise that year. What eventuated was a plywood dory with a tombstone transom (it's not really a dory otherwise); a nicely curved stem to force some shape into the sides forward, a strong sheer kicking up aft to a high stern (thoughts of going surfing) with the maximum beam (further aft than is traditional to make the boat run straight in heavy following seas). Building the boat did not take long, a few hours here and there over a couple of weeks saw her ready to paint and the total cost of about $250 did not hurt the pocket too badly. I can carry the boat on my own, essential for a boat that will be used almost entirely single handed – she weighed in at 42kg dry.
She rows extremely easily, better loaded than light because of the heavily rockered bottom. Like most fine ended boats she is pretty sensitive to trim, if I find she needs to be a little bow down to stop her blowing around broadside on while I try to row her to windward, or conversely, stern down for downwind I have a ten litre plastic container of water on a light line and toss it to the appropriate end of the boat The line is so I can retrieve it without moving from my secure seat amidships. A full load of camping gear and provisions makes things easy, the boat rides better down on her lines a little, and she is much more stable. The Light Dory has proven to be not only great for recreational rowing but ideal for its intended job, a long trip under oars. The Northeaster uses Chesapeake Light Craft's patented LapStitch™ process, in which pre-cut planking is assembled quickly with wire "stitches" and nothing more than a pair of ordinary sawhorses.
A popular option, the Northeaster Dory's lug rig can be added to a hull built for rowing, or retrofitted to a boat that already has the sloop rig. We had an opportunity to build a single Northeaster Dory in a private class in November 2012. At 3.6 metres long it is not so Dinky but a much larger version is currently being developed.
Originally designed as a fishing boat for easy beach launching this version makes an excellent recreational boat that can be carried on a roof rack. The kit is for a rowing version although it is possible to fit a mast and rudder as can be seen in some of the photographs.
Despite the complex look of the boat it can be assembled in about 40 hours from the kit using very few tools and basic woodworking skills. If, later, you decide to purchase the kit the cost of this printed manual will be deducted from the kit price. This manual does not contain the plans of the panels with the cutting instructions so it is not possible to build the boat from scratch using only this manual. An electronic, non paper, version of the study manual above that can be viewed only using Adobe Reader.
After credit card authorisation the file will be sent to the email address put on the order form. Welcome to Fyne Boat Kits, makers and suppliers of wooden boat kits, boat plans and boating equipment. We also offer supervised boat-building and surfboard-building courses and we have workshop space available to hire. Building a boat is made stress-free by our step-by-step manuals and free expert support by phone and email. We use only the highest-quality materials, so that your boat will last decades, not just years. A dory is a lot of boat for the money, which explains the enduring popularity of the type going back 150 years or more. Not just a recreational boat, the Northeaster Dory is a proven competitive racing boat for fixed-seat rowing.
The history of the dory is somewhat obscure but the most famous are the Banks dories, used for longline cod-fishing on the Grand Banks. Pleasure-boaters adopted the general type, however, and refinements include the Swampscott Dory and Nahant Dory. The Northeaster uses Chesapeake Light Craft's patented LapStitch™ process, in which pre-cut planking is assembled quickly with wire stitches and nothing more than a pair of ordinary sawhorses.


Rowers looking for a high-performance dimension may add a sliding seat without modifying the interior. A daggerboard simplifies construction and a yoke-and-draglink tiller arrangement (familiar from our Skerry design) gives the crew better seating options under sail.
The Northeaster Dory is designed along traditional lines and as such does not have built-in buoyant tanks.
A sailing option can be retrospectively fitted to the Northeaster Dory rowing hull to turn it into an able sailing boat. The simpler balanced lug rig is quicker to set up, easier to handle and can be reefed or stowed more easily while out on the water. Although it takes more work to build, a kick-up rudder makes beaching a little easier and will provide improved handling in very light or very heavy air. Broken inwales add elegance to any boat by mimicking the ends of the ribs in traditional frame-built boats.
These plans and manual contain sufficient information on the cutting of the panels to make it possible to build the boat from scratch. There is also a supplemental set of plans for building the Northeaster Dory over a strongback (an internal mould).
This option includes a mould diagram and full-sized patterns for the forms, stem and transom.
This does not contain the plans of the panels with the cutting instructions so it is not possible to build the boat from scratch using only this.
After credit card authorisation the plans will be sent to the email address put on the order form. When you have studied the plans, your next step might be to order the printed instruction manual, which will walk you through the project step-by-step. A stable and fast team rowing boat for competition and expedition rowing with a low barrier to entry.
A wooden racing boat for six-oared team rowing that is quick to build and as elegantly proportioned as the traditional Cornish Pilot Gig hulls.
I had reservations about the shapes of some craft, the construction method or costs of others and concerns about the seaworthiness of most so design it yourself seemed to be the order of the day.
Added to this is a big skeg for directional stability and to balance the windage, buoyancy tanks under the seats and a sculling notch in the transom and the boat is looking very much the part.
Basically flat panels are cut to shape and then joined along the edges giving the desired shape, some minimal framing carried the loads from the rowlocks and the seats and the seats formed buoyancy tanks in case of a major disaster. In this case I built the model over solid station frames and when finished wrapped light card around the boat, traced around the edges, cut the shape out and transferred it to graph paper making scaling up an easy Job. It cannot be driven past hull speed even by a very strong person but is wonderful for eating up the miles at a moderate pace. This boat is built using CLC's patented LapStitch™ joints which means that the result is a remarkably stiff and strong hull that has the appearance of traditional lapstrake or clinker planking.
Our range of recreational and performance watercraft includes rowing, sailing and motor boats, canoes and kayaks as well as surfboards and paddleboards. We make some of the most advanced kits available, with pre-cut joints and pre-drilled tie holes. The Whitby Fisherman's Amateur Rowing Club won the four-oared category of the 2014 Great River Race in their Northeaster Dory, built from our standard rowing kit.
Graceful round-sided lapstrake dories like this 17-footer were once the primary recreational craft on the New England coast.
Hull planking is 6 mm okoume; the bottom is 9 mm, fibreglassed on both sides and up onto the side planking.
In the stock rowing version, a drop-in sliding seat unit requires minutes to install so you can switch between fixed- and sliding-seat modes quickly. It's not quite as fast as the sloop rig, but it might win if you count setup time on the beach.


The sloop rig rope package includes sail lacing, main sheet, main halyard, jib sheet and jib halyard.
Broken inwales take longer to install because each block has to be carefully positioned and glued in place. This allows glued-lap construction in plywood or even riveted solid planking instead of using the modern stitch-and-glue method.
You will still need the standard plans for interior fit-out, proper thwart placement, sailing rig and other details. One of the considerations of course was time, the way to build boats really quickly is not to work like lightning, it is to build boats that are very simple and relatively small!
The motion of the boat is very easy, especially in a beam sea when the rowers position right on the centre of motion about which the boat pitches so the oarsman doesn't get thrown about in a seaway. They will help you decide whether or not you can build the boat but do not provide sufficient information to actually do so. The lug rig is quicker to set up, easier to handle, and can be reefed or stowed more easily while out on the water (reef point standard with the lug rig, Nov 2015). All our boat designs are proven by a series of prototypes – the kits go together well and the boats perform well. The narrow waterline results in a fast hull under sail or oars, but the flared topsides provide ample reserve stability.
Our range of fixed-seat team rowing boats provide a low barrier to entry for clubs wanting to build race-winning boats. There wasn't much point in doing a new dory design unless we offered something fresh and different.
With a sliding seat, the Northeaster Dory is fast and dry and would be a safe and fast open water racing boat. Given the narrow waterline, the hull is extremely easily driven and jumps up to speed in light air – the acceleration is really noticeable. Either sailing rig can be added to the Dory at any time, even years after the rowing version is complete. The manual does not include instructions for this type of construction, so this option is for people with traditional boatbuilding experience only. I carry about 30 litres of water in plastic jerry cans which improves her stability and also helps the boat carry its way. It is amazing to watch as great foaming crests disappear under the gunwale without any fuss. It describes all of the techniques that will be used during the building and also a step by step guide to construction. I wanted a dory that was easier to build, doesn't need a ladder-frame mould during construction, and that can carry more than one or two adults”.
A sliding seat may be added to the sailing version as well, but requires minor modifications. Dory sailors comment on the surprising absence of wake, visible evidence of a low-resistance hull.
We recommend reading the installation instructions before deciding to install broken inwales. But like all dories, the hull flares rapidly above the water, so stability comes on strong as the boat heels under sail. It's small enough to be rowed by one person, but big enough for tandem rowing with two adults.



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