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Deblois Street Dory
A CLASSIC SWAMPSCOTT | MODERN SAIL & OAR | UNIQUE DORY KIT
LOA 18' 8"
LWL 14' 7"
Beam 4' 10"
Draft (board up/down) 5"/27"
Depth amidships 18 3/8"
Sail Area from 76sf (sprit) 89sf (lug)
I have spent so many hours pouring over Sam Manning's drawings in the Dory Book by J. Gardner. Initially, I had no plans to design a dory, but I found the dory form so elemental, practical, and beautiful. And I loved the versatility and seaworthiness they offered on the water, especially the Swampscotts. The dory represents the ultimate marriage of form and function. After my first design/build project -- the Drake 17 -- I had to have more. I could no longer suppress the urge to draw my own dory. The presentation drawing you see was the result of the first version of the DSD. I very much aimed to design a true dory. A true dory is built on by erecting the stem, frames, and transom on a precut bottom and flipping the whole assembly over onto a strongback cut with the intended rocker of the boat. With all the components shored and braced, planks can be bent. A true dory is cut with dory laps -- a bevel on the underlying and overlying planks. Hull #1 was built from these first hand-drawn plans by Shane Hall and he did a stellar job, especially given that the plans were drawn to quarter scale; he did not have to loft the boat. Version two of the dory was the first kit version of the boat. There were no changes to the design. After a few years of building from kits, a lot had been learned and I applied these lessons to the DSD Mk2. This second generation DSD hull was re-faired to better support the sailing capabilities of the boat and to make it even easier to build than previous versions by eliminating the sometimes confusing dory lap and introducing a precut strongback. However...
This is still the one and only TRUE DORY kit available on the market, anywhere. The others are messy stitch & glue construction or go together unlike a real dory.
The DSD is what I consider the ideal sail & oar boat. This is a craft that will bring utter joy under oars or sail. Too often you hear sail & oar boaters lament how much they wish they did not have to take their oars out to row. Or the other way, I hear them wish that their boat was not so tippy under sail. The D-Street is a joy to sail and row. I fondly recall my first row in hull #1. I was worried that I had drawn too much boat to enjoy rowing solo. Boy was I wrong. With my 9-foot, spoon-blade oars we just flew along and it tracked great. These are the reports I receive from all the other DSD builders since hull #1. The performance of the DSD can be summed up by a memory from one of my Shop Talk & Messabouts. Three dories were out sailing off East End, Portland: a DSD, a Swampscott dory out of Gardner's Dory Book, and another unknown Swampscott dory. I had 5 people on board as we passed by one of them: "Why is your dory so fast!" one of them exclaimed. While speed is definitely not the point of a dory, it was still quite a compliment and a testament to the abilities of the D-Street Dory under sail and oar.