14-ft Vermont Fishing DoryWeight: 80 lbs. 750 lb capacity.
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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.
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Oars are not included in the price of your boat. Click here to be taken to the dory oar page.
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
5% light blue
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:
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.