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Boatbuilding: Chesapeake Light Craft – Northeaster Dory

  • The Center for Wooden Boats 1010 Valley Street Seattle, WA, 98109 United States (map)

Learn and successfully build your very own light craft wooden boat in a week! A dory is a lot of boat for the money, which explains the enduring popularity of the type going back 150 years or more. Relatively few planks means less construction work. The narrow waterline results in a fast hull under sail or oars, but the flared topsides provide ample reserve stability. Dories are great load-carriers, and the Northeaster Dory is no exception. 800 pounds is the max payload.

Members $800 | Non-members $875 | Helper $400

Material cost:
Varies by boat, see descriptions below for boat options and kit pricing. A 10% shipping fee will be added to the kit cost. After registering for your class online, call 206-382-2628 to purchase your kit.

Kit options:

  • Northeaster Dory Basic kit: $1650

  • Northeaster Dory Sloop Rig add-on: $1499

  • Northeaster Dory Lug Rig add-on: $1395

  • Northeaster Dory Daggerboard Trunk: $35

  • Northeaster Dory Mast-step: $35

  • Northeaster Dory Kick-up Rudder: $105

For more information on the boats see

Earlier Event: June 23
CastOFF! Sunday Public Sail