Boatwright Series: Building a classic Chaisson 10’ Dory
Instructor: Bruce Campbell
January through April 17, 2016
The dory chosen for a glued lap construction using the Thomas Hill glued lap method, was originally built by George L. Chaisson of Swampscott Massachussets circa 1916. The round hull, multi-plank design is often referred to as a “Swampscott Dory.” The round hull is a more efficient displacement hull design than, for example, the simpler flat planked “Grand Banks Dory.” Examples of both are laid out by John Gardner in “The Dory Book,” 1987. The class relied on Gardner’s illustrations, measurements, and table of offsets to recreate the craft.
Classes included “Lofting,” or drawing full sized plans, constructing a mold from the lofted design, laminating the stem, fashioning a transom, attaching them to the bottom, planking the hull, and fitting outwale, inwale, and seat frames.