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Amesbury Dory

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16' Amesbury Dory


Workhorse of the famed Grand Banks fisherman, this versatile and seaworthy craft was able to survive nearly everything the Atlantic Ocean could throw at it. As outboard motors became popular, the dories were adapted to accept them but retained all their best seagoing characteristics. Now they are traditional on every shore where rough water is encountered.

The Amesbury is distinguished by an unusually high freeboard, a handsome bow and graceful sheer line. It is very much at home in rough water, yet can be driven to planing speeds with a minimum horsepower motor. Although the high freeboard makes it a very dry boat, the dory design allows the rail to be easily pushed part way down to the waters edge. This made it easy for fishermen to haul nets and traps aboard. But of equal importance is the safety factor that someone in the water can haul himself back aboard without difficulty. This makes the boat ideal for swimming and skin diving.

Construction is of hand laid fiberglass. The floor is a special foam cored sandwich construction which makes it rigid and strong. Fiberglass tanks with foam flotation run the entire length on both sides making the boat unsinkable and very stiff even without the seats. Oak rails add to the strength and give years of protection from bumps and scrapes.

Standard on all Amesbury Dories is: Mahogany Seats, Oak Rails finished  with Sikkens Cetol Teak, Two Bronze Oar Lock Sockets. Through Bolted Bronze Bow Towing Ring (also available in stainless steel). Brass Drain Tube with Plug.






Transom Height

Max H.P.

Amesbury 12’

5’ 0”

1’ 8”

300 lbs.



Amesbury 14’

5’ 5”

1’ 10”

325 lbs.



Amesbury 16’

6’ 3”

2’ 2”

400 lbs.



16' Amesbury Dory
Est. in 1947 by Ernest C. Gavin