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I recently sent this letter to Jeff Spira or to express my appreciation for providing plans on his 20ft Carolina Hatters V Hull dory that my father and I spent the last 9 months building...the boat is built better than most anything from a factory and rides only the way a wooden boat can...

Here are some more photos of her…

I may not have mentioned but this was a father son project and I have named it after my 6 year old daughter, Laura Dawn’s LegaSea…

Again I cannot thank you enough for offering such a product for folks like us to build…I have shared priceless time with my Father and learned skills that you just don’t see in practice very often anymore. My 71 year old father is a very successful business man but grew up in a home with my grandfather who was a carpenter/contractor at a time when you did not go to Home Depot for moldings you made them from raw stock with a plane and chisel… In a twist of faith we were able to use some of my Grandfathers tools in this build and I think it shows in the finished product…

Everyone looks at our boat in amazement with comments like, “Where did you buy that it looks amazing”, I cannot believe the finish it’s perfect…Wow a V hull Dory I have never seen anything like that, how did you bend the plywood…

This will be a family heirloom for generations to come sharing precious family time on the water in something we built together…

Thanks again…

Jason MacDougall

LOA (feet):
Beam (feet):
2012 90hp Evinrude E Tec
Home Port:
Stanley Bridge Prince Edward Island Canada
Designer Name:
Jeff Spira
Builder Name:
Gordon and Jason MacDougall
Launching Date:
June 01, 2012


Submitted by Jeff Spira on

Excellent workmanship Jason! I bet it really turns heads.

- Jeff