How to Build a Dog House

Easy Build Dog House Plans

Building a dog house all by yourself is not only a really easy thing to accomplish, it is a lot of fun and a great investment. It doesn't take a lot of knowledge of construction and building to learn how to build a great and well-insulated dog house, and this guide is the perfect thing to teach you how to make the dog house that your dog wants and needs. Most of the time when you buy a dog house from the store they just jack up the prices, so you're actually saving a lot of money when you choose to make a doghouse yourself instead of buying one. You don't need any special tools, you don't need construction knowledge; you just need a few basic tools like a hammer and saw, and the easy plans in the guidebook and you're set to build your dog a doghouse that it will love! Continue reading...

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Pretty masthead sloop by Philip Rhodes

Phillip Rhodes Sailboats

Doghouse help to allay any crew claustrophobia despite the narrow confines of the cabin. Worst features The optional Kermath 10 hp Sea Twin inboard was mounted so low in the bilge that servicing (especially oil change) was extra difficult, and any casual bilge water that collects can corrode the crankcase and engine block. Also, the icebox sits immediately above the engine. As a consequence, despite three inches of insulation, the icebox's efficiency is badly compromised.

Lookalike Nordica or Halman

Nordica Headroom

The Nordica 20 is close enough in appearance to the Halman 20 (page 100) that even some owners wonder which brand they have. Still, there are differences, small though they might be. For example, the keel on the Nordica is swept back more than the Halman, is 5 deeper, and the Halman features a small knuckle at the front end, which the Nordica does not. The windows in the Nordica's doghouse are bigger, and the doghouse itself is about six inches lower, decreasing headroom a bit. The Nordica offered an optional inboard engine of about 7 hp, whereas the Halman did not, and the interior

Basic sailboat transportation at a low price

Low Price Yacht

The emphasis on this design appears to be to provide basic sailboat transportation at a low price. Beauty is not a selling point her appearance is too slab-sided and top-heavy to qualify her as pretty. Best features The raised poptop can be fitted with snap-on weather curtains and vinyl windows to make a serviceable convertible doghouse underway. Between the poptop hatch and a good-sized ventilation hatch forward, there should be plenty of air below. Worst features The Grampian 23 is the slowest of her comps (despite her relatively long waterline), with a significantly higher PHRF rating. Construction is not

Is she a sloop or a cutter

Long Sailboat Plan

A syndicate in Annapolis, MD, calling themselves Blue Water Boats, commissioned Thomas Gillmer to design this perky small cruiser back in 1961, when they announced the boat would be supplied with mildew-proofed Egyptian cotton working sails. Ah, how times have changed The rig, incidently, shows a big masthead genoa as well as a 3 4 fractional rig with a diamond strut that looks as though it could poke a hole in the genny if it were trimmed in tight. It's not clear whether a buyer had to choose one sail or the other. In other words, is she a sloop or a cutter The prominent doghouse provides clear headroom of 5' 7 under its roof, and 8 inches less forward under the trunk cabin. Best features The broad bowsprit with a pulpit extended over it gives good purchase for dealing with an anchor. We also like the big portlights in the doghouse, the better to check out one's neighbors in a cozy anchorage. Worst features Among her comps, she has the lowest Space Index, though 418 is still a...

Custombuilt cruiser for offshore use

Traditional bronze or modern stainless steel hardware, and so on. An All Weather model (see inset in sailplan) raises the boom a bit to sneak a doghouse underneath it, adding a little to the masthead bridge clearance and 300 pounds to the displacement, but changing little else. Best features If you're not quite ready to do a circumnavigation, but want to sail, say, regularly from Maine to Florida and back, this may be a better choice than the more purpose-built Vertue or Fisher. Worst features The cabin house appears to be high enough to obstruct a clear view from the helmsman's position when seated.

Ted Hood design for a Nova Scotia builder

Foot Paceship Sailboat

High ballast weight compared to the Westwind's comps, and her high D L ratio, both of which should give her extra stability.) The hull depth also permits a lower cabin sole, which together with a doghouse in the cabintop yields the most headroom compared to her comps. Best features In general, owners seem quite satisfied with their choice of boat. Worst features Despite her good headroom, plus cabin sides which are very close to the gunwales (leaving very little room to walk forward), the boat has a lower Space Index than any of her comps.

The AC or Amphibious Controversy class

Doghouse is a unique feature, enabling the main cabin to be bathed in sun and fresh air in good weather, and to be fully enclosed in canvas when the weather turns nasty. A well in the lazarette for an outboard engine installation will appeal to those who find inboard engines too hard to deal with. Worst features Among her comps, the A C 25 is the lightest boat with the least ballast and close to the highest SA D ratio, indicating that she will be among the liveliest in light air, but with her relatively low Motion Index, will tend to be jumpy in a seaway. We recall spending some time on one of these boats with another couple, and we found it to be comfortable, light, and airy.

Early design by Ted Irwin

Min Boat Drawings

As the Morgan's she has many similarities below the waterline, including a high aspect ratio centerboard. Her Space Index is slightly greater, her headroom gains an inch due to her doghouse, and her PHRF is a scant three seconds per mile higher. She was available as a keel centerboarder (as shown here) or with a full keel (4' 0 draft, 1825 lbs. ballast). She had a choice of layouts settee berths and a portside quarter berth (as shown here) or a dinette arrangement. Best features None notable. Worst features Centerboards and pendants on these boats are prone to problems.

Early British entry in the glass sweepstakes

Hurley 1962

Built by Hurley Marine and later by Russell Marine in Essex, England, and imported by Wells Yachts starting in the early 1960s, the Vivacity 20 was a popular early fiberglass micro-cruiser. Like her predecessor, the Alacrity 19 (page 19), she features twin bilge keels and a low profile doghouse. About 600 Alacritys and Vivacitys were imported into the United States, and over 1,200 Vivacitys were sold in total throughout the world. The boat was available as a kit, so there are numerous variations in finish and details. Note based on measurement of the boat's drawings, it appears that this boat's marketers used hull length (20' 0 ) rather than LOD

Folkboat design imported from Hong Kong

Yacht Plans

Cheoy Lee Shipyard of Hong Kong built various versions of this Folkboat-type hull (note similarities to the Contessa 26 on page 337) between 1957 and 1970, some in wood, others in fiberglass. The Mk III vessel pictured here was available either with a teak hull and teak superstructure, or with a fiberglass hull and teak decks and cabinhouse. The Mk III is distinct from the Mk I and Mk II mainly because of her doghouse cabin, which was possibly the idea of British designer Arthur Robb, though Tord Sunden is

Wayfarer also enters the fray in the early s

Sloop Mast And Sail Rigging

Although the facts are somewhat murky, it seems likely that the Islander 24 and the Islander Bahama 24, two vessels with lapstrakes molded into their identical hulls but different deck layouts (one a trunk cabin with a doghouse, the other with a raised deck), were marketed first by McGlasson Marine, then by Wayfarer Yacht Corporation, and then by Islander Yachts, before the designs were taken over and marketed in slightly different form by Columbia Yachts. Except for the lapstrakes and a few other details, the Islander 24 is said to be almost an exact copy of the Columbia Contender 24 (page 283), and the Islander Bahama 24 is almost an exact copy of the Columbia Challenger 24 (above). Best features See the notes for the Challenger 24. Worst features Same comment.

George B Walton markets a Folkboat design

Folkboat Designer

Looks small we assume it was similar to the Contessa's, maybe a 7 hp Vire, 6.6 hp Petter, 7 hp Faryman, or even a 9 hp Yanmar. We wish we had more information on this boat. Best features Like other Folkboat designs, she is probably a good sea boat, has good tracking ability, and good pointing ability, and looks pretty. Her doghouse cabin gives good headroom for a 25-footer. Worst features Low coach roof and narrow beam give the cabin a closed-in feeling. Low freeboard relative to comps may give a wet ride in rough conditions.

Economical boat from the early s

Omega Rysunki

The Challenger was Columbia's economy model, with essentially the same hull and sail plan as the Columbia Contender 24 (page 283), but instead of a trunk cabin with doghouse, the Challenger has a raised deck. Back in 1963, she was 1,000 less expensive than the doghouse version due to substantial savings in production cost, according to an ad of the time. In the early days, a company called Glas Laminates built not only the Contender 24 and Challenger 24 for Columbia Yachts, but also molded the hulls for the Wayfarer Yacht Corporation's Islander 24 and Islander Bahama 24 (shown below), two boats with amazingly similar dimensions and appearance to their Columbia Yachts counterparts. The most significant difference would appear to be the lapstrake topsides molded into the Wayfarer products, missing on the Columbia boats. Best features When she was first introduced, this economical and relatively roomy 24-footer would be hard to beat for value. Worst features The 4-berth layout is similar...

An ocean sailer that exudes tradition

Boats in this guide. (The Fisher 25 is second highest.) Tall circumnavigators will like her 6' 2 standing headroom under the doghouse. Bossoms Boatyard, a quaint, cozy yard along the Thames only a couple of miles from Oxford, England, has the molds and, when we last checked, will furnish her either as a finished boat or as a kit for home completion by the customer. Worst features If you want to trailer the Vertue, you'll need a huge truck to do the hauling with trailer and stores she'll weigh about 14,400 pounds.

A footer with two names

The Columbia Contender 24 shown here started out in 1963 as the Columbia 24, one of two 24-foot Columbia designs, the plain 24 having a trunk cabin with doghouse, and the other, the Challenger 24 (page 316), having a raised deck. In the table of comparable designs, there is a four-inch difference in LOD, a two-inch difference in beam, a one-inch difference in draft, and a 330-pound difference in displacement between the two Columbia 24 models, even though it is said that they shared the same hull made out of the same mold, and even though they are reported to have identical waterline lengths. We can't explain these

Masthead Yawl

Indeed, Wanderer was designed for just that. There is a coffee-grinder winch located on the after deck, plus a pair of sheet winches on each side of the cockpit coaming. The life raft has its own locker under the seat across the after end of the cockpit. The doghouse roof extends aft over the forward cockpit seats, giving protection from wind and weather, and the slanted main bulkhead provides a comfortable backrest. I can't imagine a nicer spot to enjoy the scenery, or a good book, than the forward corner of this cockpit, protected by the doghouse roof and side glass, yet available instantly to trim a sheet or spot a buoy. Because of the center island, however, this giant cockpit conforms to CCA volume requirements for offshore boats. There is an incredible amount of walking-around floor space. The cabin sole is all on one level, which is certainly preferable to the split-level ranch-style arrangements often seen with doghouses. The cook has a truly bounteous U-shaped galley to port,...

Design Dynamics

Although few manufacturers and designers have attempted to build open bridgedeck catamarans for cruising, only the most die-hard campers will find them useful for liveaboard applications. Typical examples are the older MacGregor 36, Stiletto 27 and 30, the French KL27 and Corneel designs, which could be sailed hard by lifting a hull (something that you try to avoid when cruising with a fully decked-out boat). Some of these vessels even featured a tiny removable doghouse which provided some shelter for the crew. On smaller open bridgedeck multihulls the only living quarters are found in the confines of the hulls. Even on larger types, they are cramped and not conducive to long-term cruising. The advantages of these sporty vessels,

How To Build A Dog House

How To Build A Dog House

Providing Comfort for Your Outdoorsy Dog. There's no question that everybody needs a place of hisher own, and canines are not any exception. The value of your dog having a comfy quality dog house can't be overestimated. Defense against weather and elements assist to prolong and boost the quality of life for outdoor dogs.

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