HANDCRAFTED WOODEN RECREATIONAL ROWING SHELLS, AND FLY FISHING DORIES

I BUILD STRIP PLANKED RECREATIONAL ROWING SHELLS. THE DESIGN IS A MATHEMATICAL ALTERATION OF A VERY SEAWORTHY HULL. THE CROSS SECTION WAS REDUCED WHILE KEEPING THE LENGTH TRUE. BEFORE BUILDING, THE OFFSETS WERE PLOTTED AND LOFTED FULL SIZE. I WANTED A BOAT THAT COULD HANDLE ROUGHER CONDITIONS (CHOP AND POWER BOAT WAKES) THAN A RACING OR TRAINING SHELL MIGHT ENCOUNTER. THIS BOAT IS SEAWORTHY, BUT I HAVE FOUND THAT ROWING BECOMES TOO TEDIOUS LONG BEFORE I FEEL I AM IN DANGER.

Viva #1

$4800

Viva #1 is the first boat in a series of  3 hulls of the same shape. The hull is cedar strip with redwood decks and douglas fir trim. She is 19′ 7” LOA. LWL is variable depending on weigh of rower. This boat has a lot of rocker and rides up and over most waves. This boat has large decks covering lots of foam, and a 1″ coaming.  I rarely take on any water in these boats. This boat weighs an estimated 43-45 Lbs, not including the Piantedosi rigger and oars. This boat can be rigged with a device to lock the oars, blades flat, so that the shell can be used for fly fishing.

Viva #2

$2800

Viva #2 is the second boat in a series of  3 hulls of the same shape. The hull is cedar strip with redwood decks and douglas fir trim. She is 19′ 7” LOA. LWL is variable depending on weigh of rower. This boat has a lot of rocker and rides up and over most waves. I rarely take on any water in these boats. The rigging in this boat is one inch higher than Viva #1. The stability was not impaired, and there is some additional oar clearance in chop. This boat weighs an estimated 35-37 Lbs, not including the Piantedosi rigger and oars. This boat has less flotation and much less deck than Viva #1. This boat can be rigged with a device to lock the oar blades flat on water to provide stability for fly fishing.

Viva #3

$4400

Viva #3 is the third boat in a series of 3 hulls of the same shape. The hull is cedar strip but glassed on the outside with an epoxy mixture containing graphite powder. The graphite adds abrasion resistance. The hull when sanded will have a dark gray matte finish. The inside is finished bright. She is 19′ 7” LOA. LWL is variable depending on weigh of rower. This boat has a lot of rocker and rides up and over most waves. I rarely take on any water in these boats. This boat is unfinished . I intend to finish this boat like VIVA 1. The decks will be full. Trim will be douglas fir. Without flotation or decks this boat weighs an estimated 24 Lbs. I intend to use a Piantedosi RoWing rigger and Piantedosi oars. This boat can also be rigged with a device to lock the oar blades flat on the water to provide stability for fly fishing.

Fly fishing dory

The fly fishing dory is a modification of a proven design. This boat was originally designed for open ocean use.  This boat started out as a  multiple-chined dory, the chines were” faired out” during the lofting process. The result is a round- sided flat bottomed dory. For a big boat, with 3 passengers, this dory is fast.  I have rowed this boat with 6 passengers plus myself.  For fly fishing I take 2 fisherman. There is enough capacity to take 3 people, plus their gear for extended trips. The width allows the use of standard length (9’9″) oars. This dory uses a Piantidosi sliding seat mechanism ( minus the outrigger arms), and oars.

This is a preliminary home page, more photos (fly fishing dory, recreational shell modified for fly fishing) and information to follow. 
Mail: Doug Mastaler 
        3352 Ridge Drive 
       McCall, ID 83638-5408 
Phone: 208-634-8711 
For more information, email me at < [email protected]