View Full Version : 27' St Pierre Dory Day Cruiser "Melanie" Initial Performance

Baja Mike
09-07-2012, 06:10 AM
I have just finished building my 27' St Pierre Dory "Melanie" (built from Nexus Marine plans) and have done first sea trials. She has a 60hp Yamaha power stroke in a stern-through transom-well. I have read very negative stories of dory design performance and was expecting the worst. Wasn't to be. In a moderate Pacific chop in 20 knt winds off of Ensenada (Baja California) she performed beautifully. In flat water we got her up to 17.5 knts, but cruised most comfortably at 12-14. Before adding 300 lbs of balast to bow she would pound slightly straight into the wind. With the added ballast and speeds of 12-14 knts, no pounding at all. Almost no roll at all in side-seas. On anchor in the lea of an island, with 15 knt wind she held straight and steady with none of the swaying and discomfort I read about regarding dory design. We will see later how she performs in more adverse conditions.

Click on link below to see photos and a short video ..... the video was before the added 300 lbs of ballast.



09-07-2012, 06:57 AM
Very nice! It looks like she rides very nicely, but I could see where you would want to bring her bow down a bit.