The Dory Shop

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

How to give a Concordia Yawl a Facelift 4

Mar 25, 2019

No one designs or builds a wooden boat expecting it to last sixty years. Yet of the 103 Concordias built about 60 years ago 102 of them are still around. And TOSCA is one of them and well worth getting a midlife overhaul to give decades to come. No wooden boat was really designed to come apart either. Builders doing their best to hold them together.

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How to give a Concordia Yawl a Facelift 3

Jan 31, 2019

With the job uncovered and planks removed, we had to get access to Tosca's derriere. How did we do that? Well, we had to get rid of the keel and the keelson.

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How to give a Concordia Yawl a Facelift 2

Dec 05, 2018

A home was found for The beautiful Concordia 41 Tosca in our yard at the Dory Shop here in Lunenburg, and so we began the work in earnest.

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“Such an unassuming little shop, but very special…like you can feel the history of the place.”

About Us

We build dories. Day in, day out, one after the other. In fact, we have been building the iconic Grand Banks dory and other traditional wooden rowboats for close to a century. Although we’ve added a few power tools, we’re proud to say our boats are still hand-built using tried-and-true construction methods, along with quality materials like solid oak transoms, pine and cedar planking, and our signature grown hackmatack frames, all held together with quality copper fastenings. We like it this way. It works and it will continue to work as long as the sea is salty and the ocean has waves.

That doesn’t mean nothing ever changes here. These days, in addition to dories for rowing and sailing, power skiffs and runabouts, we’re also building big powerful schooners, perfect for coastal cruising or blue water adventures across the world’s oceans. Like our dories, they are traditionally-built; in this case, from a designer’s half model instead of the decades-old jigs and patterns from which we build our smaller boats, their edges worn smooth from the touch of so many craftsmen’s hands.

Our boats are strong, durable, seaworthy, and beautiful in their simplicity. But the place we work is special too. The Dory Shop is located on the harbour shore of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada, a port renowned for shipbuilding and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We welcome you to drop by – the locals all do! – or better yet, to join us for one of our two-week dory building classes. For those unable to visit, we are happy to work with you to build the boat of your dreams and can assist you with all the shipping details.

Contact Us

The Dory Shop
PO Box 1076
Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada
B0J 2C0

Ph: (902) 640-3005
fax: (902) 634-9985