Stretch gunning dory–fast, and fast to build

A few shots of Don Betts’ new Chamberlain Gunning Dory, based on plans by the late John Gardner but stretched from 18 to 25 feet in order to accommodate four rowers. This is essentially the same boat as the Sound School’s ‘First Constitution.’ Very light (less than 250 pounds?), very fast, and very easy to get in and out of the water. Also very traditional, in that its basic shape harks back to the ‘bateaux’ of the French and Indian wars. Those boats were sometimes built in a day; Don figures that with a bit of organization, this one could be built in two.

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