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P-Row Building Study Plans



The original definition for a Pirogue (pronounced pir-oh) is: "A canoe made from a hollowed tree trunk".

Over the years, the meaning has become interchanged with the definition of a Dory: "A small, narrow, flat-bottom fishing boat with high sides and a sharp prow."

This design was requested to be a very simple and very short Dory for rowing. It looks more like a fat pirogue. So we couldn't resist the play-on-words and named it P-Row.

The design called for 2 specific features: It was to have a completely open interior (no thwarts) and be made from only 2 sheets of plywood.

To achieve the 2 sheets of plywood objective, we had to get creative with how the panels were nested on the 4' x 8' plywood sheets. The result is requiring 2 splices per panel instead of the typical 1 splice per panel. It also resulted in a short boat at 11.5' (3.5m), which will make for a great car-topper.

To achieve the open cockpit without a thwart, we incorporated a strong framing system. This system will not work for most boats, but since this one is very small, we can successfully use it.

For seating, builders can incorporate a removable seat box, or even hang the seat from slotted gunwales like a canoe.


Overall Length 11.5' 3.5 m

Max. Beam (main hull)

1.0 m
Height at bow/midship/stern
48/34/48 cm
Rocker fore & aft
9.5/9.5 cm
Estimated weight using Okoume plywood
48 lbs.
22 k.
Max. recommended weight onboard
400 lbs.

Our designs are simple to build. There are no complicated scarfing techniques. Everything can be done by someone with average woodworking skills and tools.

This design can be built by a first time builder.

Always wear your Personal Floatation Device!

Bill of Materials

- 1/4" (6mm)
- 3/8" (9mm)

1 sheet
1 sheet
Epoxy Resin (With 15% waste factor)
1.0 gallons 3.8 liters
Fiberglass Tape, 9-ounce, 4" wide.
30 yards 27.4 m
Wood Flour
2 quarts 2 liters

*Additional material for fairing will be required. Material type and amount will vary depending on builders' taste and skill level.

About $130 U.S. in 2006 costs for the fiberglass and epoxy. We do not include plywood, lumber, and seats in this estimate because they will vary according builder tastes.

The hull can be built in 20-30 hours. Up to 10 hours to fair and paint depending on the desires and skills of the builder.

Visit our Customer Service forum and see what others are saying about our designs. Ask questions there or send us an e-mail.

Plans Package for this design includes:

  • Simple to follow, detailed drawings of each panel with all dimensions required to layout and cut from flat plywood sheets.
  • Drawings list
    • Plan and Profile
    • Panel drawings on 11" x 17" paper. Metric and U.S. Standard units included.
  • Specific building notes for this boat. 27+ pages with detailed text and illustrations.
  • Bill Of Materials.



Price: $38.00

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