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    Default Sampan dory

    Just saw an interesting little boat at Lowells Boat Shop. They usually only make dorys, but this was evidently a custom order from someone in Asia. At first it looked like a pram but then I noticed the radius-bottom in the bow as opposed to a pram bow. It is is so handsome that I don't know why more prams don't go for a sampan bow (I know, then they wouldn't be prams!). Perhaps some lost buouyancy but a gain in hydrodymanic efficiency? It seemed to be a plywood bottom braced with a small 'strip keep', and it had lapstrake sides, no center thwart (but perhaps removed for the painting going on), and but an aft thwart (U-shaped, tyoical of aft thwarts on Lowell dorys that have transoms), and hoisting eyes. Have photos but no way to post here without uploading elsewhere first, and I don't have that elsewhere. -- Wade

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    Default Re: Sampan dory

    Of course praams have round sections, they were clinker built. It was that Herreshoff fellow (the young one not the Captain) who published plans for flat bottomed prams.
    Pretty aren't they
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    I hope you'll post them. I was looking at a photo of that boat (I'm pretty sure it's the same one) online yesterday. It's Pete Culler's Sampan. See here: http://www.lowellsboatshop.com/pages/projects.html


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    Default Re: Sampan dory

    Quote Originally Posted by Peerie Maa View Post
    Of course praams have round sections, they were clinker built. It was that Herreshoff fellow (the young one not the Captain) who published plans for flat bottomed prams.
    Pretty aren't they
    --- Yes, pretty! The sampan type of bow I saw does get more displacement (it would seem) for its short hull, though, but avoids the sudden angle of the flat bottomed pram, which is more what i was thinking of but saying vaguely. -- Wade

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