The dory is a small, shallow-draft boat, 16 to 23 feet long; usually lightweight with high sides and sharp bows. For centuries, dories have been used as traditional fishing boats, both in coastal waters and in the open sea. Variant spellings are doree and dori.
Strictly speaking, the only true defining characteristic of the dory is that it is planked up with wide boards. More generally speaking, the dory can be defined as a small boat which has:
The hullform is characterized by a bottom that is transversely flat and usually bowed fore-and-aft. (This curvature is known as ‘rocker’.) The stern is frequently a raked surface (a narrow transom) that tapers sharply toward the bottom forming a nearly double-ended boat.