Our ALPHA-2 is a somewhat smaller rendition of the classic "Beachcomber-Alpha" club dories of New England at the height of their popularity in the early 1900's, and akin to the famous Swampscott dories. Modified only slightly in form for adaptation to modern lightweight double-chine sheet plywood planking, the ALPHA-2 is a close descendant of the rugged working dories well known for their seaworthiness. With easy, slimmed down lines for speed and ease of handling, our ALPHA-2 is even faster and cheaper to build than ever before! Built over a simple temporary form, the hull has no permanent frames. Only a little over six sheets of standard sized plywood and a few board feet of lumber are required. And with our comprehensive plans featuring Full size Patterns, no lofting is required (although dimensions for the hull are given for those who wish to go through this exercise). Detailed instructions cover all phases of the construction making this a simple project even for the amateur.
The ALPHA-2 features a centerboard and shallow draft rudder for easy launching and beaching. Steering is accomplished by a rudder yoke and stern sheets, however, a tiller can be fitted optionally. Wood spars are detailed in the plans, or you can us an aluminum spar (see Dwyer.com). To keep costs low and make your shopping easier, we offer Hardware Kits, Rigging Kits, Fastening Kits, Fiberglass Covering Kits, and Sails just for your ALPHA-2. The ALPHA-2 is a boat you'll be proud to own, with graceful lines that will surely turn heads wherever you choose to sail.
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