Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Free Spira International Boat Plans Info

I have been getting a lot of questions about Spira International boat plans.Jeff Spira is a great guy to work with.He will even design a boat for you IF you are serious about buying a set of plans.I am only familiar with the plans I have.If you want to see more boats and builds,it is seriously worth it to join Spira's Facebook Page. You can also connect with other builders and speak to Jeff there.He is usually quick to respond,but he does have a life outside of facebook.There is also a lot of good and FREE info on the Spira International website.Read and re read the PDF manuals he produces on boat building.These are free,UTILIZE THEM.Then get a set of plans and build that boat you always wanted.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

My Boat Has Been Built.Well,kind of.

Jeff Spira posted a pic on his facebook page of a 27 foot Sitka.It's almost exactly what I had in mind for my build.I am wanting a slightly forward raked windshield and I will build mine to 30 feet with the Vee entry bow.I plan to stay out without needing a trip to shore for at least one full week.I also plan to do the Great Loop with the boat.

Here I am going to quote Jeff Spira's post on his Facebook page.

A 27' Sitka Pacific Power Dory was recently completed in Minnesota by Raymond Pollock.

According to Ray, it was started in January 2012 and was in the water in the end of October, working mostly alone and taking 6 weeks off in the middle. It features V-Berths, 30 gallons of fresh water, a water heater for the shower, 28 gallon septic tank and 55 gallons for fuel. It also has a full galley and cabin heater.

With the ETEC 115 horse engine, the top speed is 34 mph (according to the GPS) and will cruise over 30, but runs all day and very economically at 22. It maneuvers and handles very well, and doesn't pound when crossing even large boat wakes. It only draws 7-1/2 inches of water with full fuel tanks, two people and a 2 large dogs. For a 27 footer, it tows very easily also.

I do have a message for Mr.Pollock.

 Way to go.Your version of Sitka is top notch.I am jealous.I hope my boat turns out have as good.Looks real professionally done.You're my hero.

 Here is Mr.Pollock's boat.Sweet ride,eh?Click pics for larger view.

Even Mr.Pollock's lovely mother took a turn at the helm.Way to go,I say.