There just isn't a place to put it, and regulations both here and in Europe require motorized vessels to carry a large volume of built-in flotation.That ruins the Northeaster Dory's flexible layout, easy construction, and low cost.The stock Northeaster Dory is a terrific rowing and sailing boat, and I mean to keep it that way." To make room for an outboard motor, and to provide the built-in storage and buoyancy that are the hallmarks of a thoroughgoing expedition boat, the Northeaster Dory was stretched from 17 feet to 18'10" and the beam increased six inches, to 5'2".

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The compartments below the seats are filled with foam and provide 844 pounds of positive flotation.

The wooden Southwester Dory is unsinkable already, but the flotation chambers make it easy to self-rescue from a serious mishap.

They also make great comfortable seats---no sitting on the floor!

The Southwester Dory is a lightweight and highly capable expedition boat, designed for sailing, rowing, motoring, or any combination of the three.

Elegant and straightforward to build from a kit or plans, this is an ideal boat for family outings, beach cruising, Water Tribe-style expeditions, or just gliding through the marshes.

In 2014 we shipped our 500th Northeaster Dory design.

The Northeaster Dory demonstrates all of the qualities that made traditional dories the most popular style of smallcraft prior to the age of fiberglass mass-production.

It's easy and economical to build, carries a big load, and demonstrates uncanny performance under oars or sail.

While the Northeaster Dory has found fans on five continents and amassed an impressive catalog of adventures, six years of flat-out Northeaster Dory production has led to an accumulation of requests for modifications and variants. Harris, who resisted the temptation to complicate the original design.