Sailing Dory

Item #: SD
50% deposit charged for boat when you place your order.
  • Description
  • Reviews
  • Boat Colors
  • Shipping

Depending on the season we are usually a few weeks ahead or a few weeks behind in our manufacturing. We usually have a few boats in stock....but whether they are the size and color you are seeking.....well, a phone call or an e-mail can answer that question. Also, we now have a Current Inventory page on our here to see what we've got.


Whether it was the Polynesians in their ocean-going proas, the Chinese in their sampans or the Spanish Armada trying to sink the British navy, as long as humans have been taking to the water we have been capturing the wind to do our  bidding. Sailing in canoes has a long and colorful history. In the history of Adirondack guideboating, however, sailing has been most rare. Hallie Bond, the curator of boats at the Adirondack Museum, is fascinated by a very old sailing Adirondack guideboat Steve personally owns. (Steve bought the boat for a song and Hallie would love to have it as a part of the Museum's collection.

We came upon the idea of putting sails on our boats in conversations with customers and folks at shows. Over and over we heard the same request, "Do you make a sailing rig?"

For the longest time the answer was, "No."

Now it is, "Yes."

The rig Steve designed is called a "high-aspect balanced lug." To adapt it to our boats he opted for leeboards rather than a dagger board. A  rigger deck clamps to the gunwales in 4 locations. Probably it takes an hour to set the boat up for the first time....likely 20 minutes after that.

It will fit any of our boats molded boats probably it works best on the dory. Two adults can go in either the guideboat or dory....a smaller sailing rig fits onto the packboat ...strictly a solo affair. Both the large and small versions sell for $2,000  

Each rig includes:

  • mahogany & butternut lee boards
  • mahogany & butternut rudder
  • brass, stainless and aluminum hardware
  • a 45sq ft sail (32sq ft for the packboat)
  • 9ft spruce mast
  • cherry rigger deck

Part of Steve's intention in designing our sailing rig was to make it adaptable to other they canoes, Whitehalls, St Lawrence Skiffs, dinghies or other row boats. As variable as these applications may be, we can't be very specific....but if the rig sparks something in your imagination, contact us and we'll see what we can work out. 

This photo, below, is of the smaller sail rig on our 12' Vermont Packboat. The location is Cortez, Florida.


Sail Rig Assembly

The following 17 photos outline the key steps in assembling your sail rig.


Depending on how you received you boat and sailing rig, these components may have arrived already assembled. The above photo shows (l to r) the forward spreader, the aft spreader, the center portion of the rigger deck and, above right, the mast step and hardware.


This is the unit assembled.


These are the gunwale clamps being attached to the gunwales on the aft spreader.


Here the leeboards are attached to the aft spreader.


Now, towards the rear of the boat, the rudder's pintel is being lowered onto the gudgeon, attached to the boat.


A stainless steel keeper (above the pintel) needs to be rotated out of the way, to allow the pintel to be inserted into the gudgeon.

There will be two lines attached to the rudder, in these photos the green line is for steering, the white line raises the rudder. A piece of shock cord, not visible in these photos, lowers the rudder....more or less spring loaded. The while line will come over the top of the rudder head, thru the black plastic guide and then come forward into the boat where a black plastic cleat will hold it fast.



Once the rudder is attached to the boat, the rudder head will be placed on top of the rudder, the rudder line will be attached to one side of the rudder head, the line is then run forward, through the black plastic guide, around the rigger deck clamps, thru the guide on the other side of the boat and then tied to the other side of the rudder head. This knot will not be permanent, to take down the rigging it will be untied. The knot is called a trucker's hitch. It may look complicated, it isn't.


It is 2 slip knots, one looped through the other. The photo below shows the assembled rudder.


The next photo shows the mast step attached below the forward spreader. The downrigger line is being run thru the pulley at the top of the mast before the mast is inserted into the mast step....this will be the line with which you raise and lower the sail.

The mast is being inserted into the mast step.


The brass keeper is being attached to the boom. In some instances these pieces are reversed...the keeper attached to the mast, not the boom. The idea is the same.


Now the mast is being hoisted.


Here all the essential pieces are in place.....note the line with the knot on the underside of the center part of the rigger deck. It will be led thru the near pulley on the boom, then thru the further pulley and then to the block at the center of the aft spreader. The line will be led thru the several parts of the block, as shown in the next photo.


And there you have it.

The green line runs to and from the tiller; the larger white line controls the boom, the white line next to it is the downhaul, which raises and lowers the sail and is cleated off when is use.



Our colors are rich and deep and durable. The particular color of your boat will vary from day to day, hour to hour, by light and shadows playing on the hull. The interiors of our boats are tan. We find this to be a nice in-between color, if we went darker; the boat would absorb and reflect heat; if it went lighter the reflection would be blinding.

We are frequently asked which is our most popular color. The answer is dark green. The following percentages are just guesses...but are probably kinda accurate.

30% dark green
15% dark blue
15% burgundy
15% ivory
10% black
10% red
5% light blue
5% yellow
2% sea foam green

And, yes, the numbers don't add up to 100. Don't let any of this limit you...they are all beautiful on the water... pick the color you like:

Dark Green

Dark Blue


Light Blue

Jet Black


Bright Red

Bright Yellow

Sea Foam Green

If you would like to order one of our sailing rigs, please call us at 802-425-3926. We prefer personal checks... but we'll also accept Visa / MC / AMEX / Discover.