“My son and I built a river dory and took her through the Grand Canyon – 253 miles. We built our boat based on the plans for a Martin Litton Grand Canyon Dory. We used marine grade Sapele plywood, oak frames, and surplus teak for trim and transom. We also coated the hull with West System epoxy and fiberglass from JD.
It was a steep learning curve as we hit the big water and huge rapids of the Grand canyon. We flipped the boat three times in spectacular form. But, we made it to Lava Falls the last big rapid and the largest rapid on the Colorado, a class 9 on the Western scale of 1-10. All in all, it was a spectacular trip undertaken with good friends through one of the most beautiful places on Earth, made especially meaningful for me to have planned the trip and built the boat with my son.”