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    Default Gardner's 14' semi dory

    I'm thinking about building Gardner's 14' semi dory but I'm not liking the the foredeck so I'm thinking about leaving the bow open. I'm not going to sail her just fish out of it in lakes and streams. So is this going to make the boat to flexible in the bow even if I enlarge the breasthook somewhat? I'm also considering his Lowell dory skiff which my be a better fit.

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    Default Re: Gardner's 14' semi dory

    Tell us more: size of motor, desired speed, how many crew, what size lakes and what weather, etc? Why leave the bow open? I'd also worry about not having that foredeck, more for seaworthiness and dealing with boat wakes and swell than structure.
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    Doctor Jacquin to Lieutenant D'Hubert, in Ridley Scott's first major film _The Duellists_.

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    Default Re: Gardner's 14' semi dory

    Thorne, except on rare occasions it will only be me. Probably not more then 10hpi don't need to get anywhere fast. The lakes here are large and choppy from all the speedboats racing up and down. Open in the front to make it easier to get in and out at the shoreline, bad knees.

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