S/V Downeast Thunder will be a 28’ LOD sailing dory. It will feature a 10’ beam and 4’ draft. This vessel shall be fast and easy to build, plus inexpensive (relatively speaking of course). This week’s video will reveal a rendering of the vessel, show you some of the reclaimed wood I’ve collected so far, and the build site where I intend to start building the boat.

This large sailing dory design was heavily influenced by the late John Gardner and the St. Pierre Dory, plus Jay Benford’s portfolio of large sailing dory designs. Annie Hall’s book “Voyaging on a Small Income” is quite convincing and influential as she describes her experience with the Jay Benford designed, 34’ sailing dory, “Badger.”

The final construction drawings will be made available at a later date.

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