19 foot Offshore Power Dory Build #10: Completing the Cabin and Building Pilot House

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Blog entry by English posted 04-10-2015 12:57 AM 6096 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 9: Building a Cabin Part 10 of 19 foot Offshore Power Dory Build series Part 11: Closing up the decks, Getting the Rigging Ready. »

I am at 324 Hours on this build and the boat weighs 1150 lbs.

I have made good progress the last few weeks. I will say again this is much harder that building furniture. Every piece that goes on the Boat is either curved or at a compound angle. Each piece has to be hand fit. Many trips into the boat and back to the saws.

All of the cabin roof supports are installed and the interior cabin wall is in.

All of the interior cabin walls are in and wiring for the cabin lights is installed.

Insulation has been installed.

Time to install the cabin side walls and the pilot house sides.

Framing is added to the sides.

The side is routed to the frame.

Both cabin / pilot house sides are in.

The windshield is added. This gave me a fit. I did this twice. My first attempt failed and I contacted a friend in Louisiana, He graciously sent me step by step instructions with pictures and 6 hours later success. Thanks Herman.

The rear support is added . I transferred the Arc from the back support of the pilot house to the windshield with a 6’ level.

Here the windshield arc has been cut. I did this with a side grinder with 36 grit sand paper.

Next I added rafters and permanent supports for the rear roof support. Maintaining the 83 degree angle of the sides.

A lot of work was done between the last two pictures. I added the side ends for the pilot house and installed the roof. The clamps show adding thickness to the pilot house roof and the visor. The side windows were added. They are in the curve of the bow so the glass will have to bend about 3/4” in 24”. The guy at the glass shop said it would not be a problem.

Here I am adding thickness to the visor..

I have filled in the front of the visor with solid wood. I will fill in the gaps with thickened epoxy later.

The starboard dash is built.

Both starboard and port dash framed.

Conduit is run through the deck are back to the batteries and the bilge pumps. The tees are for some down shining deck lights.

I’m almost finished with the conduit. Hope to have the wire pulled by the weekend.

I pick up my rigging from marine dealer tomorrow So I should be able to get the wiring finished in a few days.

Thanks for looking.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#1 posted 04-10-2015 02:09 AM

Coming right along John.
Funny, I find straight lines and square corners a challenge…... :-)
It all gets easier the more of them you build.

She’s going to be a fine vessel!

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#2 posted 04-10-2015 02:57 AM

Lots of progress! Its been fun to watch this build – thanks for sharing.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 04-10-2015 03:27 AM


That’s really getting to be quite a boat! Too bad you don’t live in our neck of the woods so we could go fishing with you!


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#4 posted 04-10-2015 08:57 PM

Great lines John, I particularly like the visor. You are really closing in on this project.
Keep up the blog it’s great reading.

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#5 posted 04-10-2015 09:10 PM

That pilot house looks pretty tall. Will it fit through the overhead door?

-- PER Larry

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#6 posted 04-10-2015 09:36 PM


The top of the pilot house is 7’ 2” off the floor and the garage door is 8’ 5”. So no problem getting it through the door, but getting it on the trailer will be another story.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#7 posted 07-13-2017 01:44 AM

I Love your boat do you still have the plan on how to make a cabin [email protected] 407 497-3670

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#8 posted 07-13-2017 12:07 PM


Thanks for the comment. I didn’t have any plans for the cabin. I just new how I wanted it to look and I started putting wood on the boat. I just started by determining the height I needed in my cabin. I put in the front wall and the rear bulkhead. Then added the framing, just like the blog shows. I was always conscious of the lines and the appearance. I would be happy to answer any questions you have if you build one.


-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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