17′ dory-style pulling boat

This is a wonderful double ended lapstrake rowing boat originally conceived by L. Francis Herreshoff and drawn, then modified by John Gardner.

Herreshoff was a renowned yacht designer and Gardner was the assistant curator of the Mystic Seaport maritime museum.

It is a boat to be rowed, swiftly, even in rough water. Gardner’s revisions included broadening the flare in the bow to provide greater protection in an ample sea. I built this boat as a compromise to his first and second revisions; greater flare than the first and less than the second. I’m thinking that when you need the second revision you should probably stay at home or at least in the harbor.

This boat is built with glued lapstrake Okume plywood (Sapele can be substituted) riveted to steam-bent Oak or Ash frames. Trim is normally Oak. Ash can be substituted for the same price. Cherry or Mahogany are offered for $200 additional.

Flared sides, 2 1/2″ of rocker. Rounded hull with flat bottom board.


Length 17′
Width at gunwale: 47″
Width at bottom: 16 1/8″
Recommended oar size: 7 1/2′
Weight: 125 lbs.
Depth at midships: 13 3/4″
Depth at bow: 20″

Starting at $6695