The Dory Shop

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

A half century ago, when every fishing schooner needed a new set of eight to 12 Banks dories at least once a year, and sometimes more often, The Dory Shop built boats ‘production style.’ There were men who built only dory bottoms all day long, others who planked the boats, and still others to paint and finish them. It was all fairly cutting-edge manufacturing at the time! Today, The Dory Shop is a custom boat shop, building boats that are specific to the wishes of each client. Still, we sometimes have a few boats on hand, built on spec between other orders. View what’s on hand today below.

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. Can be outfitted for sailing too.

14’ 8” loa 4’ 6” beam

Handline Dory

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?

17’ loa 4’ 11” beam

Nutshell Pram

Our Nutshell Pram is a strong but light weight rowing dinghy that’s popular as a cruising yacht tender but equally fun to row in a sheltered cove or lake. It can even be outfitted with a simple sail. Built with solid plank and extra frames, these prams are more robust than the more common plywood versions. Measuring just 7 feet, 7 inches in length, and weighing just 120 lbs., they're also very easy to maneouver both on the water or up on the beach.

7’ 7” loa 4’ beam

Cross Island Skiff

To quote boatbuilder Michael Higgins writing about the Cross Island skiff in WoodenBoat Magazine's Small Boats 2012, "if there is an 'all-terrian vehicle' of the marine world, this boat might well be it." Inspired by an old work skiff that found her way to the Dory Shop Boatyard in the final days of her long service, these were the do-it-all boats of this region: hauling traps and nets, delivering the catch, and transporting people and goods to communities around the bay. Ruggedly built to handle the work and weather of the Atlantic Coast, they also make strong and reliable pleasure boats, ones you can push up on the beach for a picnic and push off for the trip home.

16’ loa 6’ 1” beam