Building a 2nd "South Bay Dory," my modification of a slab-sided Banker Dory that will replicate Bolger's "Gloucester Gull" except it will be built traditionally out of solid pine and cypress. QUESTIONS for this build from you old hands:
Like my last South Bay Dory, this will be trailered and live much of its life on the trailer.
I intend to bevel deep, flush laps with CLENCH NAILS every 4 inches along the lap (per McMullen). The last one employed s/s screws, which I've been informed may not be best.
I'm thinking about putting a TINY BEAD of BOSTIK 920 inside the laps, unless you all think I ought to use Interlux Seam Sealer?
My knees & ribs will be mesquite, so you yankees north of the Nueces River will need to Google that hardwood, which is one of the most dimensionally stable, crooked woods in the world. More stable than teak, and endlessly available in Texas. I alternate my time between sheltered waters and the family's large Texas cattle ranch which is overrun with Prosopis glandulosa, Honey Mesquite.
I MAY rig this one out to sail with a loose-footed dinghy sail which I already have in the shed. I'll offer the leech and luff in a while, but the mast is 16' tall.
Unlike my last South Bay Dory, I will curve the apron & stem on the lines of the Gloucester Gull.
I need advice on fastening the thwarts and whether or not to case the sheer like my last build (which I like because it offers a lot of grab-and-carry surface).
This is gonna be fun! After this, my last slab-sided dory, I intend to build Clint Chase's latest iteration of the Deblois Street Dory when he has the updated plans out in the Fall... Cheers!
The South Bay Dory, for reference: