Planking: Cedar
Stem, rails and knees: White oak
Frames: Hand-sawn white oak
Transom and breast hook: Honduran mahogany
oar lockSeating: White pine
Fastenings: Silicone bronze ring nails and screws; copper rivets and burrs
Hardware: Bronze bow eye, cleats, drain plug, oar locks and sockets
Finish: Interlux and Pettit marine enamel; Epifanes varnish
breast hookOptions include:
White pine, or Honduran mahogany planking Mahogany or cedar seating
Boat bottom encapsulated in West System epoxy and fiberglass

Yacht finish: Varnished rails, transom, breast hook and seats.

Frighteningly traditional
‘thole pins’
thole pins

Complete boat refinishing and maintenance services
At Lowell’s, we work with each customer on an individual basis and consider each boat a custom order.
Please inquire for additional details on building and delivery options.




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Sailing Surf Dory

The round-sided Surf Dory, often referred to as the Swampscott-type dory, was developed from the original dory designed by Simeon Lowell with the founding of his shop in 1793. Even after the later development of the Banks Dory, fishermen who had to come into the beaches through the surf preferred the Surf Dory. The rounded bilges give extra buoyancy amidships, taking the boat up and over the waves onto the beach. As a result of the success of this design, the U.S. Life Saving Service, forerunner of the Coast Guard, used these dories for life saving missions for almost a hundred years.

Surf Dories are wonderfully seaworthy boats and more stable when light than the Banks Dory, thus we offer them in shorter overall lengths. They row extremely well and, because of their outstanding stability, lend themselves even better to sailing and family boating than the Banks Dory. Our standard Surf Dory and Sailing Surf Dory hulls are offered from 14’ to 20’ overall.

Sailing Surf Dory Specifications
Beam Depth
@ Mid-ships
14' 59" 17" 230 lb.
16' 61.5" 18" 280 lb.
18' 64" 19" 340 lb.
20' 68" 20" 400 lb.

“The various successful adaptations of the classic… skiff built by the Lowell Boat Shop is testimony to the versatility of the design.” John Gardner (Classic Small Craft You Can Build, Mystic Seaport Museum, 1993)

Sailing Surf Dories
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Lowell's Boat Shop, 459 Main Street, Amesbury, MA 01913
Tel: 978-834-0050