The Dory Shop

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada | (902) 640-3005 | info@doryshop.com


Our boats reflect the community we call home. Like Lunenburg itself, they are steeped in history and at the same moment timeless. Like the people here, they are colourful, strong and steadfast, and unerringly practical. They will not let you down. And they are beautiful too, but not in a showy, fussy way. Rather, their beauty lies in the simplicity of their lines or the warm grain of real wood. Please click here for our pricelist.


Little Sister

Developed as a tender for a 50-foot schooner, the Little Sister is the smallest of our working Banks dories. At just 11 feet, three inches in length and 90 lbs, these dories occupy minimal deck space and aren’t too heavy to hoist aboard. But don’t let their compact size fool you! They’re still dories and so can carry up to 800 lbs.

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Handline

The traditional one-man dory from the days of the Grand Banks schooner fishery, the Handline is our best-selling boat and we absolutely know why. At 17 feet, these dories can be rowed alone or with a partner, they are big enough to handle a motor well and they also make a fun sailing boat. What more do you need?

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Black Rocks Dory

Small enough to be handled by an elementary school student, yet large enough to be rowed by two, the Black Rocks is a small but versatile rowing dory that’s particularly popular with youth and female rowers. And they’re big enough for a simple sailing rig if you’re so inclined!

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Bastard

At 14 feet on the bottom, this boat falls directly between the two dory sizes most commonly used during the years of the Grand Banks schooner fishery. For being neither a true single-fisherman dory, nor a true two-man or double dory, the boat gained its rather dubious-sounding moniker; then again, we’ve had clients buy this size because of the name! It’s also a nice size if you are looking to add a motor well.

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Trawl

The famous double dory of the Banks fishery - and the size still raced on the waterfronts of Lunenburg and Gloucester - the Trawl dory can carry a one-ton payload and keep two men safe in a winter gale on the North Atlantic. For recreational boaters, the Trawl is easily rowed (generally by two people) and can accommodate both a motor well and a sailing rig (Banks dories smaller than this size do not have enough bottom length for both).

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Fishmaker

While just one size up from the traditional double dory, at this length you start to get a much bigger, beamier boat. Chances are you will want a power source apart from oars (which nonetheless remain valuable emergency kit) and this boat can accommodate a well for an outboard motor, a sailing rig or both. She can carry a big load of fish (up to 2900 lbs) or a pile of family and friends out for a Sunday afternoon picnic.

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Fortune Bay

The most popular model among our larger dories, the Fortune Bay makes a great sail and/or motor boat while still providing lots of room for family and friends. Built-in seats, which also function as lockers, are popular additions at the bow and stern, as shown in this model, which also has a false sole to provide a more level footing atop the boat's frames.

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Seine

The largest boat in our Banks dory line, the Seine dory is named for the large circular nets set for mackeral, herring, tuna and cod. Seine boats were used to collect the fish from these nets and were towed to and from them. They have a 5000 lb. capacity and are great big, roomy craft that can be outfitted in any number of ways, including power by motor or sail, or the addition of a small cabin.

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Grand Manan

Named for the island in the Bay of Fundy where boats of this type are still used to harvest the sea plant known as dulse, the Grand Manan dory has a modified transom that allows these boats to be powered by a long-shaft outboard hung directly from the stern, all while still retaining the general shape and characteristics of a double-ended boat. A broad stern seat/locker provides comfort and storage.

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Transom Dory Skiff

Exactly like a dory but with a broad transom on which to hang an outboard motor, the Transom Dory Skiff is a sturdy little boat, strongly built with double the number of frames and heavy oak knees on the transom. We often deck-over the bow to give these boats a vintage feel. Custom seating is another option.

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Semi-dories

Sometimes called a half-dory, the Semi-dory’s lines are similar to a Swampscott dory on the forward half, then widened aft to provide a stern section that is broad and powerful enough to support an outboard without squatting. These boats also don't have the rocker of a traditional dory, and so can be brought up on plane. An awesome workboat that’s also great for sport and recreation, the semi-dory can also be built at different sizes, as small as 12 feet loa.

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Morning Glory

A dory for display only, the Morning Glory is popular with restaurants and retailers who are seeking an authentic Maritime presentation. They’ve served as salad and oyster bars, anchored a multitude of product displays, and been the neatest-ever beverage cooler at a number of weddings, private homes and cottages. A scale production of our working dories, built the same tried and true way.

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