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I couldn’t be happier with my Briggs – Style Dory from High Desert Dories. Andy’s attention to detail is unparalleled, and as the years and trips go by I continue to notice small features that make the boat perfect. My young kids love the flush decks and seats, and I love how the light boat handles.
Recently, on a boat ramp, someone came to look at Andy’s handiwork on the interior of my hatches. He’s trying to prevent his hatches from coming unglued where they’re stepped on, and showed me how the ingenious supports under each hatch on my foam – core Dory shed water and support jumping boatmen. It’s apparent this design came from decades of trial and error. The custom outfitting also makes the boat dreamy. Andy helped me engineer a transom cutout for a small motor, since Cataract Canyon is my backyard run, and I frequently push across the reservoir. I also valued his opinion when I’d throw out an idea and he’d politely tell me why it stunk. Months later I’d realize he was right. He’s already thought out (or endured) many of the potential problems one might encounter, so I didn’t have to repeat them. I thought about dories and plans for years before hiring Andy, but nothing came to fruition. My only regret is that I didn’t do it ten years earlier.

Tim Payne
16’9″ Briggs-style foam core “Unless”


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  1. This last winter I broke my leg and have been seriously looking into building my own whitewater river dory. I have been reading Roger Fletcher’s book and built one of his models of the Mckenzie with transom using the standard “old school” rib design. He actually mentioned you as a good contact for questions and help along the way for when I decided to tackle the full size project. I have noticed that you do a different method without using ribs and am very curious on how everything hangs together. I see that you use a foam core material too. I live in Aspen colorado and plan on starting this project sometime this summer. Of corse I want to get a trailer first and potentially come to Dolores and see how your boats differ from the briggs style dory explained in his book. Thank you so much for your time and i look forward to seeing a HD dory in person. take care Andy.


    • Hi Casey, I’m sorry to have just caught this message…4 years late! :( Word Press my web server fails to notify me about in coming messages…At any rate I hope you figured out a river vessel and enjoying it on the water? Certainly a good year upcoming. To answer the question about my designs, yes they are Briggs Shaped, and though I have built some with a foam core, I mainly use Marine Plywood as core in the Stitch and Glue method of construction. Thanks again for the inquiry Casey. Stop by if you’re passing through Dolores. Cheers, Andy

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