A truly unique design from Phil Bolger

Row Boat Plans Sail Outboard

Min./max. draft: Bridge clearance: Power: B/D ratio:

21' 5" 21' 5" 19' 0" 0' 4"/2' 6" 24' 0"

outboard 2 hp

Designer: Builder:

Years produced: Sail area: Fuel tankage: Water tankage:

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.

Avg.

Max.

Motion

Space

No. of

Head-

Comps

LOD

Beam

MinDr Displ

Bllst

SA/D

D/L

PHRF

Speed

Index

Index

Berths

room

Sea Pearl 21

21' 0"

5' 6"

0' 6" 550

0

32.9

36

NA

5.8

4.4

147

2

3' 6"

Dovekie 21

21' 5"

6' 8"

0' 4" 600

0

32.9

39

NA

5.8

3.7

181

2

3' 0"

Bay Hen 21

21' 0"

6' 3"

0' 9" 900

0

30.0

66

NA

5.7

6.3

158

2

3' 3"

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  • sami pennanen
    Where to buy the plans for a dovekie sailboat?
    3 months ago

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