Key Largo Carolina Dory Build #1: Design and getting started

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Blog entry by ccarrington posted 08-14-2017 05:38 PM 1561 reads 1 time favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This will be a build log of my Spira designed Carolina style dory. I am building it in my back yard with my brother Scott. It is a flat bottom outboard power dory. It was designed to be 24 feet long but i will be stretching it to 26 feet, adding a wooden engine bracket to the back, plywood floors, and a doghouse/pilot house in the very front of the boat.
The first step was seting up a jig and starting to cut out my ribs.

l built the jig on a 4×8 sheet of plywood with a 2×3 for the base and 1×2 pieces on the sides and outlining the center line from which everything i measured off of. It holds everything in place very nicely while you glue and screw the ribs together. I am using gorilla glue for the entire project. I just overlapped the pieces of 2×4 and then cut the overlap, the top edges, and the notches for keelston, chine log, and sheer clamp with a jig saw after the glue had cured.

Laying out all the ribs like this helped me catch one that I cut wrong. Then i just remade that one and I was good to go.
The last piece i made was the transom. It called for but joints with 2×4s but I made mine with 1×4s overlapping with every joint glued on every edge and screwed together.
Just like the ribs, as soon as the glue was cured, I just trimmed off the overlapping pieces with my jig saw.

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