In 2012 we built the first 23'9" CLC Team Dory with a group of volunteers from the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia. Several more have been built and tested extensively, and the feedback has been uniformly positive. The report and a design discussion are here; you can watch a time-lapse of the build here.
There are a number of multi-oared training craft designs out there, and they continue to gain in popularity with youth and adult rowing programs. Less skill is required to row a wherry-type hull like this compared to a narrow rowing shell, and you may safely venture into cold and even rough water.
The problem with most of this ilk is that they are difficult and expensive to build.
We think we've fixed that. The CLC Team Dory is suitable for amateurs. A team of volunteers can build the hull in about 50 hours, plus another two or three weeks of part-time sanding and finishing. Total build time is 120-150 hours. The ease of construction and complete kit cost of $2999 is a low barrier to entry. It would be plausible to build one of these a month and have a fleet of them very quickly, ready for competition, training, or adventure. Epoxy coating, strategically reinforced with fiberglass, keeps maintenance near zero.
The Team Dory enjoys all of the refinements that make its smaller sister, the Northeaster Dory, so easy to build. All of the parts are cut on our computer, the hull is assembled with our exclusive LapStitch method, bulkheads are mortised in place, and stitching holes are pre-drilled by the computer. The tight kit combined with stitch-and-glue construction makes this kit uniquely accessible to amateur teams and youth groups.
There are four sweeps, plus room astern for a coxswain. As you can see in the video, the boat's fast and stable. The interior layout allows a very wide range of crew height and weight, from about 5'6" to 6'6". Integral flotation chambers allow the boat to be recovered and bailed unassisted, but from all the testing the boat seems to have excellent manners in waves and is a good match for conditions on rivers, bays, and alongshore. Speeds range from 5-8 knots depending on crew skill and conditions. After some experimentation, 10'6" sweeps seem like the best fit for the boat. The kit includes full-sized patterns and instructions for building your own, or you can repurpose sweeps or sculls from rowing shells.
The hull weighs about 210 pounds, an easy carry for the crew of five. It could be cartopped on a heavy truck, but the lightest of trailers is sufficient. The payload is about 1000lbs.
Plans for scratch-builders will be ready soon.