The Dory Book

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The definitive look at dories, their history, and construction. Besides valuable building instructions, there are plans and offsets for all of the various dory types. This is the most comprehensive book ever published on the subject, and is noted for its clear Sam Manning illustrations, as well as its clear writing.

Table of Contents:

History of the Dory

  • A Search for Beginners
  • The Batteau Ancestor
  • The Bank Dory Emerges

    How to Build a Dory

  • Dory Laydown
  • Dory Construction
  • New Materials

    Dory Plans

  • The 32-Foot MaineRiver Driving Batteau
  • The 18-Foot Light Batteau
  • The 19-Foot Heavy Batteau
  • The Banks Dory
  • The St. Pierre Working Dory
  • The Hammond 16-Foot Swampscott Dory
  • Fred Dion's Swampscott Dory
  • The 17-Foot Nahant Dory
  • The 18-Foot One-Design Swampscott Sailing Dory
  • The Chamberlain Gunning Dory
  • The 19-Foot Surf Dory
  • The Beachcomber-Alpha
  • A 12-Foot Semi-Dory
  • A 14-Foot Semi Dory
  • A 16-Foot Semi-Dory
  • A 19-Foot, 8-Inch Semi-Dory
  • The Chaisson 10-Foot Dory Tender
  • A 12-Foot, 6-Inch Swampscott Dory Tender
  • The 13-Foot Chamberlain Dory Skiff
  • A 14-Foot Dory Skiff
  • A 14-Foot, 4 1/2-Inch Outboard Flatiron
  • The 14-Foot, 9-Inch Lowell Dory Skiff

    by John Gardner, illustrated by Samuel F. Manning
    275 pp., softcover

  • Customer Reviews

    Based on 4 reviews
    Ed Oechslie
    All the details and soul needed to build a dory!

    Classic boat jam-packed with knowledge.

    Brian Rickman
    A great resource

    My main reason for buying this book is to build models from the plans. There is plenty of detail in the book for that purpose. It also has a good amount of background information on the different types of dories that will be of interest to history buffs.

    Frank DePaul
    Dory book

    good book, good service

    Stanley Clark

    Great book ,very well Laid out, glad I bought it thank you

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