All images courtesy Svenson's
Michael Bogoger, aka DoryMan, and I seem to have overlapping predilections in boats. He's avidly posting at his weblog DoryMan and I am really enjoying his subject matter. I thought of him soon after running across this old Howard Chapelle design, for which the plans are free as a download from Svenson's. They publish plans from older magazines of the Popular Mechanics type like "Science and Mechanics" and "Boatbuilder Handbook" which were published with the homebuilder in mind. Don't let that put you off, there are some very nice things here. While I don't know what Michael will think, I'll say that I think this is a sweet and compelling little minicruiser, a 'dory/sharpie' with an unusual sail plan, which might lend itself to junk rig or batwing type sails in addition to the configuration shown. There's also a gunter rig included with the plans. Take a look at the Svenson's site for a lot of older designs available free or you can get a CD of all the designs for a nominal fee. If anyone has built one of the Chapelle boats, please send me some photo's!