V-Bottom Carolina Dory Boats

Drawing of a dory boat

V-Bottom Carolina Dory Boats

Dory boats have been a favorite of fisherman for many years. They are economical yet trustworthy in restless seas. They are simple in design, yet they are great for even long range fishing trips. Another reason the dories are preferred by many fisherman is that they are so simply built that even an amateur can do it easily with a kit. Also, the kits for dories are relatively inexpensive.

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Dory boats have been used by fisherman off the coast of the Carolinas for over 100 years. Both sport and commercial fisherman love this versatile, safe little vessel. The v-bottom Carolina dory boat is a variation of the original Grand Banks dory. Like classic Carolina dories, the v-bottom Carolina dory boat has the traditional dory shape, but lacks the rocker bottom. The rocker on the bottom limited the speed of the dory when motors were added. The v-bottom of the dory means that it will keep the pounding of the sea down, which means a better performance by the Carolina dory boat in a chop.

The v-bottom Carolina dory boat is a bit more complicated to build than the traditional Carolina dory, but is still doable by even an amateur boat builder. Many dories are made of milled construction lumber which is then covered with grade plywood. However, when a builder adds epoxy and fiberglass to the outside of the dory, it becomes a much more rugged boat that will last for years and require little maintenance. To make the v-bottom Carolina dory boats faster, you can add a 9.9 horsepower motor. You can add a motor with more horsepower, for example, a 20 horsepower motor will bet the dory up on a plane. But, you don't want to go above 40 horsepower.

One type of v-bottom Carolina dory boat is the hatteras. The hatteras is strong and often used as a workboat. It can handle rough seas, but the v-bottom takes off some of the choppiness that you might experience otherwise with a dory. A hatteras is often built from mahogany, fir, or oak to create a hardier hull that is still lightweight.

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