This Gig Harbor Boat Works 16’ Swampscott Dory is a true rare find, but it might be just the boat for the right person!

The Swampscott Dory is a classic East Coast boat with a storied pedigree. Originally designed as a beach-launched fishing boat, it was meant to launch through surf, survive in rough conditions, and carry large quantities of fish and gear safely. What helped the dory succeed in this was a hull form that naturally shed waves, and got more stable the more heavily it was loaded. For many years our Dory was the longest boat in our model line until we introduced our 17’ Jersey Skiff which met many of the same needs. That said, the Jersey Skiff (and ultimately the Melonseed) became more popular, and we discontinued the Dory.

The Dory’s biggest strengths include easy handling in rough conditions, the ability to surf-launch, and a great capacity for gear. The soft-chined, flat-bottomed hull will sit flat on the beach and carry heavy loads easily, but as a result it requires a heavier load to sit well in the water. Many people will find this boat most comfortable with at least 100 lbs of ballast in the boat. And that’s a big reason why we decided to discontinue this model… pure recreational boaters who enjoy glassy-water rowing would usually prefer the Melonseed or Jersey Skiff (or nowadays, our new Salish Voyager).

That said, the workboat heritage of the Dory makes it a great option for those who will really put this boat through its paces – strong rowers going through surf, hauling fishing gear, etc. If that sounds like you and you are drawn to this boat’s classic, instantly recognizable lines, this might be just the boat for you. These don’t come up often, so act fast!

Dory Specifications

LOA: 15’8″

BEAM: 57″ 

DISPLACEMENT: 250 lbs Fiberglass 220 lbs Kevlar


This sailing dory comes equipped with a full sloop rig. Given the narrow hull and soft chine, sailing a dory does require one’s full attention, but the boat is amazingly fast and responsive. The shoal draft rudder and flush centerboard mean that shallow water is not an issue; you can sail right up onto the beach. And of course the signature GHBW sail rig is easy to set up, easy to stow, and remarkably effective.

This 16′ Swampscott Dory Sailboat was built in 2001, it’s in great shape and comes with – a sliding seat, kevlar composite, stainless steel keel protection, a matching burgundy boat cover to match the burgundy gel coat stripe, a trailer with spare and two sets of 9′ spoon oars. It also has storage hatches, a kick-up rudder and a tiller extension. UPDATE 5/3/21: There is also about 100 lbs of lead block ballast (as seen in some of the photos), which comes with the boat.

This is a great opportunity for you to get out on the water THIS summer! Give us a call for more details. Asking $8,800 and can be viewed here at our shop in Gig Harbor. For more information, call or email at (253)-851-2126 or