The Echo Bay Dory Skiff Kit Status: Complete Kits Ready to Cut & Deliver
LOA 11'8" Beam 4'1"
Weighs 90 Lbs Sail Area 45 SF Sprit
The EBDS is a small rowboat and great, cartopping, sailing dinghy in a very easy-to-build package. Unlike most skiffs I have rowed, the Echo Bay (and her larger sister, Caravelle) do not have the slapping or pounding so common in many rowing skiffs and, with the transom well out of the water when loaded, she slips along easily and quietly. She is a spirited sailboat that will teach a yougster or adult alike the finer points of sailing a lug or sprit rig. The EBDS makes for a very light (90lbs), cartoppable boat, and is pretty as can be. I have built at least a dozen of these boats for or with people who just love them. Many have been built by kids and families at festivals and boat shows as well as by kids and adults in their garages as first time projects. The hull is built without a strongback or building set up and can be assembled within 3 days! The EBDS is not stitch & glue, but a much kinder more enjoyable form of boatbuilding I call screw & glue. The planks are 6mm Okoume and solid wood is a blend of soft and hardwood (e.g., cedar for the chine logs that form the joint between sides and bottom; no fillets and fiberglass!). The EBDS continues to be a fabulous first boatbuilding project.
See the EBDS being built as part of Family Boatbuilding. Built and launched in 3 days!
Click here on my Flickr site.