Moby Dick


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  • Pub No.: 5258
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Designed by William Jackson

Besides being inexpensive and easy to build she’s a flexible craft that can be used for rowing, sailing and as a powered dory.

Webster defines a dory as being a flat-bottom boat with flaring sides, and a whaleboat as being a long, narrow rowboat that is sharp and raking at both ends. Our "Moby" has the characteristics of both the dory and whaleboat. Its narrow bottom makes it drive very easily under oars or sail, although, of course, it is tender. This is not really objectionable, however, because when rowing or sailing you will remain seated and your weight will hold it steady. Due to the ample flare in the sides, as it rolls it begins to “stiffen up”-—have more resistance to rolling farther-—and is quite hard to capsize fully. The flare gives it great reserve buoyancy and "Moby" is fully capable of dealing with quite rough water. She can be built in about twenty hours. If quarter-inch thick plywood is used on the sides and 3/s-inch on the bottom, weight will be 125 lbs.-—one man can beach her easily and two can get her onto a car top without trouble. Built heavier for hard service with 3/8-inch sides and 1/2-inch bottom, weight will be 160 lbs.-—all right for beaching but very heavy for cartop use. "Moby" is strong, agile, versatile, durable and rows like a feather. She’s basically an old type brought up to date with plywood and fiberglass, the latter being used in tape form over her seams.

12 pages, 3 plate(s)


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