The Dory Shop

Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada | (902) 640-3005 |

Stories from the The Dory Shop

Mahogany Dory

You had to see the twinkle in our boatbuilder Jay’s eyes when we milled the wood for our latest project. It’s an eight-foot bottom Little Sister Dory that’s being made of the most beautiful mahogany. “Look at that grain,” he kept saying. And it is turning into a truly striking boat.

Two Refits

We’ve been burning the candle at both ends lately, completing a couple of interesting small boat refits in time for the departure of the tall ship Picton Castle. The ship, whose dock is just a ball’s toss from our location on the Lunenburg, Nova Scotia waterfront, is bound for the Caribbean where she’ll spend the winter sailing from one tropical island to the next.

Transom Dory Coming Along

We are having some kind of gorgeous finest kind day here in Lunenburg. Sharp warm sun, crystal blue sky, light north-westerly, sunshine sparkling sunshine out on the Harbour. The Picton Castle, our neighboring world-voyaging barque-rigged sailing ship cuts a fine figure against the sky and sea at a nearby wharf. And our Transom-Dory is almost finished.

Building a Transom Dory

Crazy times at the Dory Shop…we are building a boat that is not exactly a fishing dory. We are building a boat exactly like a dory but with a broad transom upon which one could hang an outboard motor and thus tool around the harbour with great swiftness.

The Dory Shop Mission Statement

To preserve and promote the heritage of wooden boat building on the Lunenburg waterfront, by increasing awareness and appreciation of the art and skills of traditional boatbuilding.

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