In March of 2008 I completed construction of a prototype, single frame, light dory of my own design. It was my intention that this boat would be light enough to car top and at the same time capable of handling choppy waters. When I launched it in April I learned that I needed to lower the rowing thwart to pull the center of gravity down a wee bit. It was more tender than I’d anticipated. While the initial stability made it feel tippy, I determined through experimentation (elbow on the sheer along with some rocking in the shallows) that the final stability was safe.