The BIG HUNK is the largest of our Pacific dories. With a 9'-8" beam it is not trailerable. This is a serious work boat. In the harbor, at sea, or on lakes and rivers, the BIG HUNK provides a stable platform for all sorts of commercial activities. This is an ideal boat for many fishing activities, shrimping in Louisiana, diving off the coast of southern California or Florida, or hauling in the salmon from the Pacific northwest to Alaska. The stability of the hull is most noticeable when the boat is being worked hard with a lot of activity. The dory hull has tremendous load carrying ability. The wide open hull allows unrestricted movement for easy gear handling and versatility. There are several Dory Cabin Plans available from Glen-L that can be adapted to the BIG HUNK to keep out the rain and weather or to provide a place for the crew to lay down or relax at the end of a long day.
The characteristics that make this a good commercial boat also make it ideal for the sportsman in any application where shallow draft operation is necessary, or the ability to be easily beached. The well-mounted outboard makes beach launching and retrieving easy and safe, and does not interfere with fishing gear as the motor can "kick-up" entirely within the boat. However, options are shown on the plans for transom-mounted outboards as well as stern-mounted inboard engines driving through an outdrive or jet pump. In any case, the hull drives easily with minimum power and maximum economy.
Like our other Pacific dories, BIG HUNK is quick, easy, and inexpensive to build. Virtually all bevels can be pre-cut so that little fairing is required. No steam bending or lofting is required and material waste is minimal. The 3/4" plywood bottom has inner and outer bottom strakes for stiffness and protection, while the 1/2" plywood sides feature husky rub rails at critical points. The craft can be increased or decreased in length by up to 3' by simply adding or deleting one or two of the duplicate aft frames or by re-spacing them a proportional amount.
The instructions cover all phases of contruction including material listings, fastening schedule, and full size patterns for all frame members. She is truly a tough, durable boat well within the budget and abilities of just about any fisherman. See Little Hunk and Hunky Dory smaller versions of the BIG HUNK.
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