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Philip Bolger Edy & Duff 1976-1983 143 sq. ft. portable portable

Approx. trailering wgt.: 1,100 lbs.

Like her comps, Dovekie is basically a decked-over open boat. Bolger's design is unusual (some would say radical) with a dead-flat bottom (no rocker, no deadrise), leeboards, a tiny bow centerboard for working to weather in shallows, and oar ports so she can be used without resorting to outboard power (though a side-mounted outboard bracket is a popular option). Best features: Dovekie feels like a big skiff under sail, and is fairly stable both underway and at anchor, especially considering her light, unballasted hull. But her best features are (A) ease of towing behind a small car, (B) ease of launching and hauling at ramps, (C) ease of striking the mast (six-foot clearance under bridges), (D) ease of rigging and unrigging, and (E) the ability to cruise camper-style in very shallow water. With a boards-up draft of four inches, she can easily be beached for lunch and a swim. Worst features: Rowing power or a 2-hp outboard will only move her at about 2 to 3 knots. Accommodations are minimal, though no worse than her comps. Be prepared to rough it.

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  1. A truly unique design from Phil Bolger

    Philip Bolger Edy & Duff 1976-1983 143 sq. ft. portable portable. Approx. trailering wgt.: 1,100 lbs. Like her comps, Dovekie is basically a decked-over open boat. Bolger's design is unusual (some would say radical) with a dead-flat bottom (no rocker, no deadrise), leeboards, a tiny bow centerboard for working to weather in shallows, and oar ...

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  3. Autumn Leaves: A Simple Plywood Canoe Yawl

    Dovekie, Birdwatcher, and Anhinga are some examples. ... Builders undertaking Autumn Leaves should be comfortable reading traditional boat plans, and have at their disposal stationary tools such as a tablesaw and a bandsaw. The neatly proportioned coach roof, hatches, and cockpit will require a bit of patient boat carpentry. ...

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    I also want a boat slightly shorter than the Dovekie so it will fit comfortably in a 20' garage. - Boat and trailer 20' or less overall, so perhaps an 18' boat. - Slot-top to allow walking upright from cockpit to bow. - Enough flotation areas to allow self-rescuing. - enough ballast for single-handing, but without water ballast.

  5. PDF OWNER'SMANUAL

    B. DOVEKIE is incredibly tough, so you can afford to be a bit relaxed about piloting. But KEEP AN EYE ON THE WEATHER. DOVEKIE is a very stable, seaworthy boat but she has limitations. Asking her to do more than she can is rather unprofitable. Excesses will almost invariably be a result of inattention to the weather.

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    The Dovekie is a recreational sailboat, built predominantly of fiberglass over an Airex foam core. It has a catboat rig with an aft-raked mast and a wishbone boom. The hull is flat-bottomed, with a raked stem, a canoe stern, a spade-type rudder controlled by a tiller and dual retractable leeboards, with a retractable bow centerboard.

  7. DOVEKIE

    DOVEKIE is a double-ended catamaran with leeboards, designed by Phil Bolger and built by Edey & Duff. Find out its hull type, rigging type, LOA, LWL, beam, displacement, draft, sail area, comfort ratio, capsize screening, hull speed and more.

  8. Dovekie

    Dovekie is a 21′ 5″ / 6.6 m monohull sailboat designed by Phil Bolger and built by Edey & Duff between 1978 and 1998. ... The lower a boat's ratio is, the less power it takes to drive the boat to its nominal hull speed or beyond. Read more. Formula. D/L = (D ÷ 2240) ÷ (0.01 x LWL)³ D: Displacement of the boat in pounds. LWL: Waterline ...

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    Bolger was the author of a number of books and hundreds of articles on small boat design. Suggest Improvements Source: sailboatdata.com / CC BY. Advertisement. 3 Sailboats designed by Phil Bolger. ... Edey & Duff Shearwater 28. 1984 • 28 ′ 2 ″ / 8.6 m Sailboat. Dovekie.

  10. Dovekie

    The Dovekie is a 21.42ft cat (marconi) designed by Phil Bolger and built in fiberglass by Edey & Duff (USA) between 1978 and 1998. The Dovekie is an ultralight sailboat which is a very high performer. It is reasonably stable / stiff and has a low righting capability if capsized. It is best suited as a racing boat.

  11. Modifications and Projects

    8.4.1 Dovekie Suppliers Dovekie owners please supply info Canvas Here is a portion of an email from Bill Haberer (one of those who worked at Edey and Duff building Dovekies) Concerning the canvas which is a big part of Dovekie. Back when I was there a gal that we sold a Fatty Knees dinghy to has a good sized canvas business in Hampton, VA.

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  13. 1984 Dovekie, by Edey & Duff

    Dovekie, built by Edey & Duff- Totally restored 2013 Located: Vero Beach, Florida. Description: One of the best shallow water sailboats ever designed by Phil Bolger LOA 21 ft 5 inches LWL 19 ft Beam 6ft 8 inches Draft minimum 4 inches Draft maximum 2 ft 6 inches 2 Lee Boards Sail Area 143 SQ Ft. Weight empty 600 lbs.

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    Philip C. Bolger (December 3, 1927 - May 24, 2009) was a prolific American boat designer, who was born and lived in Gloucester, Massachusetts.He began work full-time as a draftsman for boat designers Lindsay Lord and then John Hacker in the early 1950s.. The Gloucester Light Dory, one of Bolger's better-known designs. Bolger's first boat design was a 32-foot (9.75 m) sportfisherman published ...

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    February 2022. "Ollie," a neo-classical canoe yawl. 24'4" x 6'0". 7.42m x 1.83m. Draft 7-1/2" boards up, 29" boards down. Displacement 2704lbs (1227kg) I've written often of my lifelong vice of daydreaming, to the detriment of school grades, deadlines, paying work, and in general being present in the world. My 6th-grade math teacher in my home ...

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    Go to Sailing Texas classifieds for current sailboats for sale 3/3/23, Dovekie 21 Project boat , central Florida panhandle, $1,200 5/20/21, 1981 Dovekie 21 , Highland Lakes, New Jersey, $2,200

  21. 1987 Edey & Duff Dovekie

    Edey & Duff Dovekie, 1987 Western Massachusetts $4500. Phil Bolger designed 21' double-ened leeboard sharpie Aluminum spars All factory updates including bow centerboard Fiberglass over Airex construction, no wood core 2018 Harding sail with Sunbrella luff New forestay and shrouds Original Sail in usable condition, but sun-bleached along the ...

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  23. Edey & Duff

    Fatty Knees. 2000 • 2.7 m. Founded by Mait Edey and Peter Duff and located in Massachusetts, USA. The yard specialized in FG version of traditional designs. These included the Sakonnet 23, Doughdish (FG vers. of the Herreshoff 12 1/2), Stone Horse 23, Stuart Knockabout, Fatty Knees dinghy, as well as a number of Hunt desig...