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The Thompson Dory

dory frames

In 1980 I designed and built the first Thompson dory. It is a Swampscott style dory 15 ft. LOA , 4 ft. beam. I used this boat for several years before selling it. In the 90’s the Thompson dory became one of my most popular models. I offered it in either sailing or rowing versions. I am planning to build a sailing model in the near future. Some changes from the original: solid wood transom andseats, seats set on seat frames and seat stringers, thicker bottom panel, and a change to leg of mutton rig rather than sprit rig. These changes will make the boat stronger as well as giving the boat a more traditional look. Unlike traditional work dories this boat is light and agile. An easy rower and good sailer.

Construction will be of sapele plywood, with mahogany transom, seats rudder and tiller and gunwales. Spruce or alaskan yellow cedar for the spars.

Contact me if you are interested having one built.




dory on trailer at event

dory on shore

dory at shore

Joe rowing dory out from shore

Joe rowing dory past moored catboat, Sharlene IV

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