Doris is a 16 ft plywood dory with built-in buoyancy and a slightly wider waterline beam and removable under-thwart sand or gravel ballast in bin-liner style bags. The waterline and ballast combine to make the boat a little steadier on the water, which many people will appreciate.
Existing Light Dories are more than capable of scaring youngsters and beginners at rowing, but with her ballast in place Doris will frighten nobody. Of course, for a livelier ride, a competent boat user will be happy to work without the ballast.
Doris is constructed quickly and easily using the stitch and glue method and takes just three and a half sheets of 1/4in 48 by 96in ply.