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Boat Reviews By Owners

2000 -- 15' 6" GIG HARBOR BOATS

Model: Swampscott Dory

Cockpit: Great boat for fishing. Holds 3 people and gear in rough water, 4 on a lake and 5 if 3 are kids on a pond. I use it for day trips fishing in Puget Sound and Lake Washington. For sailing, its 3 people max, otherwise you get too much in the way when you tack.

Cabin: No cabin, this is an open boat. There are two storage lockers, one in the bow and one in the stern to keep your gear dry.

Construction: Very well built. Attention to details is very apparent. The builder has been extremly helpful with the minor modifications I made to the boat. The fact the the middle seat becomes a "sliding" version makes it very easy to eat up the miles while rowing.

Handling: Swampscott dories were used to fish off the shore in New England, as such she's a very seaworthy boat. The more the load the more stable it becomes. With the flat bottom it can be launched and retrieved through the surf. Out in the sound the waves just roll under the boat. The design of dories with the long overhang on the bow and the stern allow the waves to get under the boat before it starts to lift it. The curve of the hull keeps the boat upright as it rises and the wave "rolls" under the boat. Its a very safe feeling. Sailing, dories like to sail on their ear which makes it very exciting for beginners. This is because they have no ballast, and are very narrow boats, so until you bury the upper boards the boat has a tendency to heel. Once the upper boards are in the water the reserve bouyance takes over and its very difficult to get it to heel any farther. (Only spray came in the boat) As an expert sailor though I find it easy to rig, and sail. Any intermediate sailor would be able to rig and sail this boat easily.

Engine Room: Engine, use a 2hp LS or a 74 thrust lb electric for best performance. This is a displacement hull so more than this is overkill. (The bow rises and the stern squats.)

General Comments: I love this boat. Its been an excellent fishing/rowing boat and a good sail boat for me to teach the kids. For fishing we often motor to near the "hot" spot and then row to troll. It's easy to keep it moving fast enough even with a downrigger in the water. I've got two sets of oars so that a row home is pretty easy as well if we run the battery down on the electric.

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Date Submitted: 2004-02-16

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