Gunning Dory: Treat yourself to something wonderful

About the Dory

Specifications and Cost


LOA 15'

Beam at sheer 3’ 9”

Beam on the bottom 1' 8"


The (five lap “lapstrake”) fiberglass hull alone weighs less than 80 lbs, and the finished boat (interior, wood and hardware) will likely weigh in about 160 lbs.


The woodwork is all solid teak, with 1 1/2” wide x 3/4” thick gunwales on the inside and outside of the sheer, breast hooks bow and stern and 7/8” thick teak seats.


Fasteners are stainless steel and the hardware is bronze. The boat is equipped with three oarlock stations and easily adjustable seats that allow rowing for one person, two persons, or rowing for one person and one to two passengers.


Positive flotation is provided by foam-filled buoyancy chambers incorporated into the boat.15’


Gunning Dory Price List

Effective March 19, 2021


Base Price: $7,500



white fibreglass hull with beige interior

oiled teak woodwork

bronze hardware



Painted sheer stripe: $300

Cetol finish on teak woodwork: $400



Lightweight straight blade 7’: $125 or 7’6”: $150

Shaw and Tenney wide spoon blade 7’ or 7’6”: Please inquire


Seat pads: $75


Security oar holddown (locks oars to the seats): $70

Galvanized Load Rite brand boat trailer: Inquire about price


Shop: 1240 Ferry St.

Marshfield, MA 02050

Mail: PO Box 486,

Humarock, MA 02047


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**David Stookey of Duxbury, MA borrowed my Gunning Dory in 1991, and made a three day crossing from Maine to Nova Scotia. The boat (and David) stood the test well and these quotes are taken from his log of passage:


“My boat for this passage has been very kindly loaned to me by Roger Crawford who runs Crawford Boat Building in Marshfield and builds those lovely Melonseeds that we see gliding around Duxbury Harbor. Roger’s gunning dory is 15’ long with an absolutely flat bottom and a lovely sheer. In addition to being lovely it’s very fast, having won six or seven races last summer and finished first in the Oarmaster Trials last autumn. The gunning dory’s speed, compared to my old boat, will be a welcome blessing in a long passage.”


“I am rowing comfortably in the late afternoon and being set up the bay by the current for another two hours. I hardly notice the rowing. That’s probably good and may be due to the greater speed and more comfortable rowing position of the gunning dory over my old dory.”


There are also some wonderfully descriptive notes in the log:


“Thursday, 8 August 1991, 0200 hrs. Wind light NW’ly. 2.5 knots made good. I find it easier in the gunning dory to lie back for an excellent short rest. With the Milky Way over me, seals popping up here and there, flocks of sea birds sleeping on the water, I have a planetarium, aquarium, and natural history museum right here all in one.”


“0300. Pass Scotch Island @ 2.2 knots. Lots of shooting stars. I am steering by picking stars directly aft, but Polaris is slowly spinning my guide stars out to sea-and thereby throwing me slightly off course to the south. There is a weird pinkish aid to navigation ahead, what can it be? A few minutes later it reveals itself: the new moon rising! In this setting it’s a very exciting sight."

Traditional dories are pound for pound, one of the most seaworthy small boats in the world.