Monthly Archives: April 2012


I’m having Gambell and Hunter from Camden Maine make the sail. 

OK, So I’m pretty much over constructing a barking furnace, or making sails for that matter. At least for the time being. I did contact John Harris at CLC regarding a larger sail plan.  He said “a Laser dinghy has a sail area/displacement ratio of 46.76, whereas the Northeaster Dory Lug’s SA/D is 43.21.  By the numbers, more
horsepower than a Laser!  ..’having sailed a lot in both, the Northeaster Dory is a lot more comfortable though.  It just kinda feels right, not under-rigged or over-rigged.  I think people fixate on the Dory’s 17-foot length, without considering that it’s 20 pounds lighter than a Laser and at least as easily-driven.” 

As far as traditional sails go, Gambell and Hunter from Camden Maine provided a reasonable quote, and in an acceptable timeframe. 

Now on to building….I head to the MacBeaths for 2 sheets of hydro-tek 9mm plywood. I’m going to scarf the plywood for the dory bottom, bulkheads, daggerboard, transom, and rudder. The hull panels are cut from 6mm ply. $145 -6mm, $220

Oars – Van Fancy Paddles and Oars $100 for 9′ and less that $50 to ship to CA. Varnish and Leathers, rubbers and buttons are extra!  I have leathers that I purchased at Grapeview Point Boat Works, Tom Regan teaches a class in Leathering Oars which I might take. 

The Epoxy is from Progressive Epoxy Polymers was less $250.





Before taking up the matter of knots and splices in detail it may be well to give attention to cordage in general. Cordage, in its broadest sense, includes all forms and kinds of rope, string, twine, cable, etc., formed of braided or twisted strands.In making a rope or line the fibres ( A , Fig. 1) of hemp, jute, cotton, or other material are loosely twisted together to form what is technically known as a “yarn” ( B , Fig. 1). When two or more yarns are twisted together they form a “strand” ( C , Fig. 1). Three or more strands form a rope ( D , Fig. 1), and three ropes form a cable ( E , Fig. 1). To form a strand the yarns are twisted together in the opposite direction from that in which the original fibres were twisted; to form a rope the strands are twisted in the opposite direction from the yarns of the strands, and to form a cable each rope is twisted opposite from the twist of the strands. In this way the natural tendency for each yarn, strand, or rope to untwist serves to bind or hold the whole firmly together (Fig. 1).

inspiration for my paint scheme

Gig Harbor Boat Shop swampscott dory

Van Fancy oars from Nova Scotia

Gota’ have some colors!

Oarlocks and sockets – from Grapeview Point Boat Works

barking and burning!