How to Build Dorothy--An Economical 24 ft Cruiser


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by John G. Hanna

Here is a little cruiser that incorporates utmost simplicity and economy in building, yet is a real 100 per cent boat, able to go safely anywhere within reason regardless of the fact that the weather is usually bad on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays.  Designed after the famous dory craft such as used by the fishermen of the Grand Banks, Dorothy is the limit of simplicity, yet one of the ablest sea boats ever built.  All difficulties which might otherwise mar the craft’s perfection have been eliminated giving her fair rocker to the keel, a moderate amount of V-bottom, a stern broad enough to prevent squatting, yet retaining graceful lines all around. Though this boat may look wide on deck, notice that the great flare of the sides reduces the beam at the waterline to less than 6 feet, making for easy driving with moderate power.  At the same time, an ingenious form of construction makes the boat as easy to build as a flat-bottom skiff, for the “V” is worked out of one wide bottom member. The frames can be made in one-half the time required for true V-bottom types.  Dorothy is not the real V-bottom model, this being probably the most difficult of all types to build, but along the lines of the old “diamond bottom skiff” which eliminates all twist in the bottom planking; and nearly all in the sides, permitting it to be planked as easily as a "flattie".

(Publisher's Note: Dorothy originally appeard in a 1933 edition of How to Build 20 Boats. We have located a copy of that magazine and include the original plans in this booklet as well. The sails shown in the illustration are meant primarily as auxiliary propulsion.)


24 pages, 5 plate(s)


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