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Andy and his wife, Kate, live and work in the tiny, rustic town of Dolores, Colorado.  They both run dory boat trips throughout the Colorado River and Green River systems, as well as on their home-town river, the beautiful Dolores River.

 

 

 

 

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    • Hi Garret,
      Yes, I’m still offering plans that are full, paper patterns of side and floor, with a 25 page booklet describing the “stitch and glue” process of construction. I you could e-mail me that is best to help discuss details and I can send you pics as well. Or, give me a phone shout.
      andyhddory@animas.net
      970-882-3448

  1. I understand that West System epoxy does not hold up well under sunlight. How do you prevent deterioration? I know prices vary but what is the approximate cost of materials to build my own double ended Grand Canyon Dory?

    • Hi Skip.
      West Systems does deteriorate with ultra violet exposure. You need to sand and paint it with a polyurethane enamel, or comparable oil-based enamel, or go with U.V. resistant varnish ore Bristol t.m. finish (for a natural looking hull).
      Approx cost of building your own (finished) dory…varies. It depends if you wish to go with the rib/frame style of construction (with little or no fiberglass). Way cheaper, or Stitch/Glue style, which is the way I’ve build most of my hulls over the years. This style with my plans runs in the neighborhood of around $9,000.00. The frame-style runs around $5,000.00. Stitch and glue style hulls are a fair-bit stronger than the plywood on frame style. One can always build frame style and add fiberglass/epoxy latter. Hope this helps.

  2. Andy, I have a Derald Stewart 16′ double ender that needs some minor fiberglass scratches fixed and then refinished. I am hoping to do all the prep work before I have a professional spray the final coat. I don’t have a garage and am wondering if you have any unique ways for me to flip the boat so I can work on the bottom, This understand that this boat is the only boat Derald made completely out of fiberglass, it ways approx. 400 lbs empty. Any Ideas will help. thanks

    • Hi Nils, Good to hear from you. The means for rolling a boat over “safely” and manually is to use boat “seat cushions” (You’ll need at least 4-6 of them, or a sufficient padding) to lay under the chine when rolling. Invite several of your friends (3-4+ people) over (having a 12 pack/beer helps entice). Slide at least-2 pads under the chine at center of boat (under the oarlocks area) and then 2 or 3 folks will lift and tilt the boat up on to chine edge and bring it to vertical onto gunnel edge. You’ll want 1 or 2 helpers (on other side) to catch the boat or hold it at vertical while the lifters from other side walk around and help rotate/lower the hull down to land upside-down onto top of bow and stem posts with pads being placed under the post tops. (before the now, upside down vessel “settles” on top of them. At this juncture, one can raise-up the height boat for more working ease, by laying crates (or 20 ml ammo cans) with padding on top of them under the gunnels on all four corners, just behind stern and stem posts. One can use one side as fulcrum , while sliding opposite-sides forward (or back) towards stem and stern posts on all “4” corners, doing one corner at a time. This should raise the bottom of where the posts are resting, off the pads and floor.
      The “re-inversion” process pretty much goes in the opposite order here. The more pads and help the better, to a degree..
      Or using a front-end loader, bob-cat, winch, or hoist if available…Good planing is fairly key to safety and success, like running a rapid.
      Best of luck and send pics of your boat sometime.
      Thanks again, Nils
      Andy

  3. Andy
    I’ve been reading up on dories and had planned on building a smaller version for fishing east cost rivers. After being coaxed to finally apply for a grand canyon permit I was fortunate to win a permit for July 2016. Now the thought of building a fishing boat has shifted to building a decked dory for my first trip down the Colorado.
    I saw a page where someone was building a boat from plans he purchased from you and was wondering if these plans are available.
    Please let me know if you like do sell plans.
    Thanks,
    Brian

    • Hi Brian.
      I apologize for this response taking so long. (My Website mails don’t get to me all that often and I’m currently having it re-done).
      Thanks for your questions about plans to build a Grand Canyon Dory. Yes, I do still make plans for folks for the classic GCD transom model (16′-9″) or a double ender (17′-9″).
      They are for stitch and glue style construction and include a full paper pattern for the side/s and floor, along with 25 pages of recommended assembly. I include e-mail consulting and a list of recommended suppliers for materials. They sell for $390.00. Best to contact me via. my main e-mail: (andyhddory@animas.net) or give me a call: (970-882-3448). The plans take me a few days to make-up and produce, and I’ve sold a # of these to folks over the years with great reported success.
      Thanks again Brian,
      Andy

  4. I would like to build my own dory, and I understand that you have resources available – such as plans, instructions, even pre-made parts. I am interested in exploring any options and/or resources you may have available. Please get in touch. I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks!

  5. I got some good photos of two people in the Oljeto Wash on April 30, 2014 on the Colorado. Would be happy to share.
    Elaine

  6. I’m thinking about selling all of my rafting gear and purchasing one “do it all” dory boat. I have no idea what they cost. I run most rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and now in Montana and Idaho. I do fly fish but my passion is just being on the water. Can you send me some information regarding your boats?
    Thanks,
    Mike Reddy

  7. Hey Andy,
    I would like to chat with you. I’ve tried the email on the webpage, but it comes back “undeliverable”. Could you post a corrected email, or just drop me a note? Thanks!
    Steve

    • Hey Buck, Thanks for the note to my website. I’ll keep my eyes/ears open for 9.5′ Smokers. (Used-?). Otherwise, I’ll be placeing an order in Jan. for up-coming season, and I’d be happy to order you some. Let Me know. The price is in the $265.00 realm, but I’ll let you know when I get the 2013 price-list from them.
      Cheers, Andy

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