It’s always rewarding to receive a call or email from someone with one of our boats, telling us how much they love and enjoy them. Especially heart-warming are the messages from folks who have acquired an older dory in need of some TLC but who can look beyond the repairs required to the boat that can still be. Often they have questions about how to approach the needed repairs, and we do our best to help them. And of course if they are within driving distance, we are happy to do the repairs for them.
Last spring a 15-foot-bottom (Trawl) sailing dory built here at The Dory Shop, in good shape but aging, came up for sale. She was purchased by a gentleman from the Annapolis Valley who went over her from stem to stern, applying a great deal of time and care. However when using the boat with friends and family, he felt the dory could benefit from a bit more seating room and so he brought her down to Lunenburg to see what Jay suggested.
The dory went home today with an additional thwart, new bow and stern seats, and oak shoes on her bottom for added protection there. The owner, who will treat and paint the new woodwork himself, was very pleased.