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Chaisson Dory

A great tender from the past

These Maine-built tender row boats have plied the waters of New England and beyond for many years and understandably so.

Originally built in the Swampscott Massachusetts boat shop of George Chaisson, these tender row boats are ranked with the most respected small boat designs of Herreshoff and Lawley. John Gardner of Mystic Seaport Museum and author of Building Small Craft said this about the Chaisson Dory tender:

They tow beautifully, row and handle well and have exceptional carrying capacity and are fine sea boats. In addition they are strong and rugged…great for landing on a beach.
~John Gardner

We couldn’t agree more or say it any better than John did.

Our handcrafted Chaisson Dory is made of high performance marine meranti plywood with epoxied seams.This modern construction method results in an extremely strong, long lasting boat that is easy to maintain and won’t dry out and leak when left out of the water.

All woodwork including transom is teak or mahogany.Our dories are finished with multiple coats of top quality Epifanes and Petit’s paints and varnishes. All hardware and fastenings are silicon bronze and each boat comes with two rowing stations. This provides proper balance when loaded down or rowing alone. Comes with one pair of handmade spruce flat blade oars, handmade by Wes Reddick of Rowers Oars.

Chaisson Dory Tender Specifications

  • LOA: 10′ 2″
  • Beam: 4′ 6″
  • Weight: 85 lbs.
  • Finish
    • Oak: $6,949
    • Mahogany: $7,495
    • Teak : call for pricing
  • Options
    • Canvas covered gunwhale guard: 495.
    • Cedar floorboards: oiled 300. painted 450.
    • Contrasting painted sheer strake 250.