I chose the Spira International Tillamook Pacific City dory design for my first build. Aside from the remarkable feeling of splashing a boat built with your own hands, this boat is a deeply personal accomplishment for me. One of my ancestors, Capt. Joseph Bernard, was an Arctic explorer (and boatbuilder) who spent ten years wintered over between Nome, Alaska, and Victoria Island in the Canadian Arctic in his little gas schooner TEDDY BEAR at a time when much of the region remained uncharted.
Well, it's been about two years since I started working on the boat. Like most of my projects, it sat idle in the garage while priorities shifted and free time vanished. She's finally done, though, and we launched her at a nearby lake last weekend.
Jeff Spira of Spira International wrote in to say that, "Mike Spiridonov just completed this 7'6" pram to fish the many lakes he has up in his neighborhood. It was built using the stitch-and-glue technique [with] 1/4" plywood, somewhat thicker than the plans originally called for. The design is a Spira Back Bay pram, available from Spira International, Inc., P.O. Box 2155, Huntington Beach, CA 92647, www.spirainternational.com.
Jeff Spira of Spira International wrote, "Gabriele Di Marzio of Abruzzo, Italy built this 14' dory with his two sons. The modified Spira Juneau Grand Banks dory design was built with hardwood frames and covered with 5 mm beech plywood on the sides and 10 mm on the bottom. Gabriele enlarged the hull a bit from the plans and added more rocker than originally called for. The completed hull is still light enough to cartop yet holds three people with two rowing stations. The design is available from Spira International, Inc., P.O.