14-ft Vermont Fishing Dory

Weight: 80 lbs. 750 lb capacity.
Item #: K14
50% deposit charged for boat when you place your order.
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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 website....click here to see what we've got.

 

We met a charming young woman at the WoodenBoat Show at Mystic Seaport this past year. She is a student nearby, at the University of Vermont, a sailing instructor on Malletts Bay and an all around water-person. We wish the season were longer so we could have put her our in one of our sailing boats....but this YouTube clip shows Mia rowing our Vermont Fishing Dory. Mia had never rowed much of anything. This was taken with perhaps 5 minutes experience in our boat. One of the things we particularly like about this small clip is.....it shows the relation between the boat and the water. Knowing boat-folk can see a lot in how our boat moves. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWtNUEZ6-uM


John Gardner, the dean of small-boat-building in America, leaned towards Steve at a conference on boatbuilding at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. The speaker at the podium had just said something about "...the perfect hull....."

John whispered to Steve, "The perfect hull ain't been built."

We aren't going to tell you that the perfect hull has been built. In fact, the point that John was making was that "the perfect hull" is an ignorant concept. The question is always ....perfect for what?

There are hulls more perfect for this and less perfect for that. As wonderful as the Adirondack Guideboat is....every boat, especially a small boat, is a collection of compromises.

Steve has been vexed for awhile about the stability of the guideboat and packboat. To be sure, the boats are seaworthy....they'll take the on the roughest water, waves, wind and open ocean.....but stable enough for standing?

No, not until now. This photo shows Steve dancing about, testing the boat, the first day we put one into the water.

While that was our first dory...since that day we've probably built 500 more. It has quickly become the most popular boat that we build. We are proud to report happy customers from coast to coast to coast.

If you would like a hi-res version of any of the photos on this page, send us an e-mail specifying which photo you'd like.

Oars are not included in the price of your boat. Click here to be taken to the dory oar page.


My boat
Jan 17, 2014  |  By Rod Kerr
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The shipping company called yesterday, and the boat will be arriving next Wednesday. Its maiden voyage will be on Drakes Estero in the Point Reyes National Park, where the boat will be surrounded by bat rays and leopard sharks.Rod Kerr, San Anselmo CA



Hi Guys
Oct 16, 2013  |  By Peter Kopf
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Just wanted to tell you that the 14' Vermont Dory I purchased from you last week is all and more than I was looking for! I have used it on flat water and on a windy, choppy rainy day with no problems in handling and stability what so ever. After spending my younger days in a Grumman aluminum canoe, thousands of miles in a sea kayak, this boat now fits my needs and age perfectly. Thank you. Peter



Arm Candy
Sep 7, 2013  |  By Timothy Thomas
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Hi guys.....I just wanted to thank you for the help in securing boat to my truck for the ride home. 5.5 hours and no problems at all. Just to pass on a word, the boat looks even better than any photographs. She looks absolutely gorgeous. Arm candy. Thanks. Tim



Great Fast Boat
Mar 20, 2013  |  By Don B
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This boat is fantastic. I have put some teenagers who didn't know how to row and they went off and returned with huge smiles and confidence. One of them joined the crew team at highschool. I row with my 80lb lab and she loves the boat.



Thank you
Aug 24, 2012  |  By Brian Chandler
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Dave and Steve, As perhaps you recall, I was sent to the show in Rockland to find "a sweet rowing boat" for my wife. Well, the report is....she loves the boat. So much, in fact, that we are expecting. Best regards....and thank you, Brian Editor's note: individual results may vary. .



WOW
Aug 10, 2012  |  By Robert Ward
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. Guys, we got the Panzerwagen-Green VFD in the water on a local pond today. Small, 800-pixel images attached. Larger available if you need them. We'll have better pictures soon. Off to Pleasant Bay tomorrow morning, (further up on Cape Cod); we'll see how she takes to the salt. First impressions: WOW! Even with two plus-size people sitting bow and stern, she still pulls along with a minimum of effort and maneuvers very well. I was a little worried about that, frankly. I need not have been. Then I took her for a spin solo, pulling hard, and she launched like a rocket. That's a VERY fast little boat! Makes me shudder to think how wicked-swift the AGB must be, since it's supposed to easily outperform the VFD. And this VFD is MANEUVERABLE! With a little fancy oarwork, she was spinning and darting like I've never experienced from a pulling boat. More like a kayak in that regard. What a combination! I was delighted to see the oars don't cross when rowing from the midships station. However, it wasn't hard at all to pick up the knack rowing off the bow, and I had her tracking straight in a matter of minutes, so that was sweet. And it was nice just to be able to pass the oars over to Penny, without otherwise moving, and she was able just to take over from the other end. Plus, it's REALLY nice to have a boat I can push into tight spots instead of being stuck with pulling; as when making a berth, for example. I've never had a 2-way hull before, it's a hoot. So, all in all, we're fantastically pleased with the product. All we need is a second footbrace to go with the second set of oars and we're good to go. Can you send one down our way ASAP please? More soon. I'm your new testimonial guy :-) Thanks to Dave, Justin and Steve for a great product and terrific customer service. Robt. Ward



my new boat
Jul 14, 2012  |  By Chloe Hatcher
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Hi Everyone, I just want you to know how much I have been enjoying my boat! For the last two weeks it's been at our camp where the family has had a chance to row it. My son loves it for fishing and the grandchildren all wanted me to row them around the lake!.......even the 17 yr. old! But our 9 year old granddaughter looks as if she's been rowing forever and she rows me. For the next while it will be here at home on Mt. Desert Island where Susy Flach and I row together. It's just so beautiful that I smile everytime I look at it! Who knew that a little blue boat could bring a more "mature" lady so much joy! Thanks!! Chloe Hatcher



What you offer corporate America
Jul 11, 2012  |  By Jonothan Peters
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Your company offered corporate America an unbelievable lesson in pre-customer service today. Living nowhere near Vermont, I emailed an inquiry as to where I might see a dory. Eight minutes later David pulled up to the house with one on the roof of his car. We talked boats for 40 minutes until I had to excuse myself for another meeting. I recognize that it was a fluke, David being 3.3 miles from my house when I sent the e-mail, but still....amazing service. A sale is likely Jonathan W. Peters Rye, New York 10580



My boat
Jun 20, 2012  |  By David
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Love it




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


Burgundy


Light Blue


Jet Black


Ivory


Bright Red


Bright Yellow


Sea Foam Green

We build these boats in the sequence in which orders are received. Depending on the season, we may have the boat you want in stock, or the wait may be 2 or 3 months. We ask for a 50% deposit when you place your order. The balance is due when we finish working on your boat. (If you would like us to hold delivery till spring, we are happy to oblige. However, we will still require payment when we finish working on your boat.) Order early, plan ahead.

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