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Old 11-14-2017   #1
 
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Looking for info about a small dory

Does anyone have info on who may have designed or built this small dory? I have lost track of where I found this photo.

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Old 11-14-2017   #2
 
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Hmm. I'll try that again. THIS dory.
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That looks like a 14' McKenzie witch is 12'9" long
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Awesome! Thanks for the heads up!

I have built a 10 foot dory (54" beam) and would like to hear from other people who have built or rowed sub-12 foot dories about their experiences. I very much made the build up as I went, so I have some modifications I need to make. I need to move my seat back, and possibly lower it. To move the seat back, I need to cut into a bulkhead, and possibly cut out a substantial portion of the deck. I am considering lowering my seat while I am at it.

I am most interested in knowing how high people sit. My seat is currently 12 inches off the bottom of the boat.


Here are some pictures of the Lil Bastard, one of her sitting on top of my Hyside Mini-Me, the other from her maiden voyage.
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Don't know about that particular boat pictured, but here is a link where you can get plans for a 15ft (stem to stern) decked dory. Not sure why you'd want to go smaller. The model name is the 'Hunky Dory" Small and maneuverable enough for northwest rivers and stable enough for Cataract, Grand, High water Main Salmon.
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Not sure why you'd want to go smaller.
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I am looking for a small boat that can make it through Lochsa Falls at high-ish flows. I have fairly conclusively established the Mini-Me cannot make it at 15k cfs:

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I've never run Lochsa falls but I have rowed a mini-me down the Grand and part of it was during the high flows ( 40,000 cfs ). I think a little weight in the front would help. As far as a small boat i've just put some row frames on the Hyside paddle cat and it's impressive what it will go through. It would be a lot softer when you flip and it lands on your head. Enjoyed your video.
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I've seen two dories on the lochsa in high water 7+ at 3 river bridge. Both sunk!
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The Mini-Me, as I understand it, is one of the least stable crafts you can take down a river. They are a hoot and tons of fun, but very prone to tipping over. I haven't tried any of these small craft but I've been around them some, and the general consensus I've heard is that the paddle cat variants are quite stable for their size and less prone to flippage compared to a boat like the Mini-Me. I've been considering an Aire Sabertooth lately, but having been a kayaker in years past I'm up in the air on whether I want to get one of those or just get back into one of the kayaks I have hanging up in the Garage. Good reasons for both ways though and I wouldn't be surprised to see a paddle cat style boat in my quiver in the next couple years.

My estimation of using a Dory is they are great for big water where hitting rocks is less of a problem, but even the decked ones are prone to filling up with water(even if its just the captains and passenger footwells). Definitely ways to mitigate this, but I'm told they become quite hard to manuever when they are full of water. They look like a hoot and I'd love to row one down one of the higher volume desert rivers some time, but not sure I'd be pushing my limits on stuff like the Lochsa in one.
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I'd agree with the consensus that a small Cat would be about the most stable for high water in a little boat. 11' Culebra has surprised me a few times, think I would have flipped in anything else that length, except maybe another small cat.
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