14-ft Vermont Dory


Length: 14 feet
Beam: 44 inches
Weight: 80 pounds
Capacity: up to 700 pounds

Our Vermont Dory is now the most popular boat we build. It is a beautifully-shaped Kevlar composite boat known for its outstanding versatile design providing both an excellent rowing boat and an excellent sailing boat. It is the boat of choice for camp cruising, fishing, and long distance open water rowing. Our unique design marries a sharp waterline with a wide flat keel, symmetrically  concaved bilges and a hard chine. The result is a very stable boat with a huge 700-pound capacity. Yet you also have a responsive, fast, seaworthy boat that is very easy to row.

The boat hull is built with a Kevlar composite and trimmed with select cherry wood. The Vermont Dory includes three cherry seats with black nylon webbing, two maple oars, two cherry caned backrests with adjustable leather straps that move between all positions, three sets of oarlocks, one cherry footrest, Okume floor boards and two Kevlar skid plates.

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The Vermont Dory is our most popular selling rowing boat. Steve Kaulback expanded his Packboat design to 14 feet, creating a very stable and fast row boat that is excellent for fishing, sailing, and long distance cruising. This boat appeals to folks that are looking for a small rowing boat that gives the initial stability that you would otherwise get from a canoe or kayak.

It is a beautifully-shaped row boat known for its outstanding versatile design providing both an excellent rowing boat and an excellent sailing boat. The design marries a sharp waterline with a wide flat keel, symmetrically concaved bilges and hard chines. The result is a very stable row boat that you can safely stand in, yet also a responsive boat that is fast and agile on the water with a huge 700-pound capacity.

We met a charming young woman at the Wooden Boat Show at Mystic Seaport. She is a student at the University of Vermont, a sailing instructor on Malletts Bay and an all-around water-person. This short YouTube clip shows Mia rowing our Vermont Fishing Dory. Mia had never rowed much of anything. This video was taken with perhaps five minutes experience in our boat. One of the things we particularly like about this small clip is…..it shows the relation between the boat and the water. Experienced boat-folk can see a lot in how the Vermont Fishing Dory boat moves.

John Gardner, the dean of small-boat-building in America, leaned toward Steve at a conference on boatbuilding at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. The speaker at the podium had just said something about “…the perfect hull…..” John whispered to Steve, “The perfect hull ain’t been built.”  We aren’t going to tell you that the perfect hull has been built. In fact, the point that John was making was that “the perfect hull” is an ignorant concept. The question is always ….perfect for what?

There are hulls more perfect for this and less perfect for that. As wonderful as the Adirondack Guideboat is….every boat, especially a small row boat, is a collection of compromises. All Adirondack Guide Boats are seaworthy….they’ll take on the roughest water, waves, wind and open ocean…..but stable enough for standing? No, not until we introduced the Vermont Dory.

Performance testing of Adirondack Guideboat's 14-ft Vermont Fishing Dory

Steve tested the Vermont Dory stability and his dance moves when we launched the first hull

This photo shows Steve dancing about, testing the boat, the first day we put one into the water. It quickly became the most popular boat that we build. We are proud to report happy customers from coast to coast and around the globe.

Production disclaimer:

Adirondack Guide Boat products are usually built to order. Depending on the season we usually have boats in stock….but whether they are the model, size and color you are seeking…..well, a phone call or an e-mail can answer that question. Please have a look at our current inventory page and see what we’ve got.

Additional information

Weight 80 lbs
Boat Color

Dark Green, Dark Blue, Light Blue, Jet Black, Ivory, Burgundy, Bright Red, Bright Yellow, Sea Foam


750 lbs.

Interior Color

Sand, Brown

13 reviews for 14-ft Vermont Dory

  1. 5 out of 5

    I’ve been meaning to write a review for some time – – -first, Justin and Ian are amazing, and their craftsmanship is second to none. There is nothing like one of their boats. Ours has been all over the Adirondacks and Vermont and to be honest is simply looked upon in amazement by people who see it. One guy half-jokingly offered to buy mine from me as I rowed past. For the average person, these boats represent an investment but its one you will never regret. If you love the outdoors and the water you owe it to yourself to get one of these beautiful boats.

  2. 5 out of 5

    We love our new Vermont Fishing Dory! We keep it at our lake house in Georgia where the water can be very rough and chaotic due to all the powerboat/jet ski traffic. The boat handles the conditions beautifully. When we took it on its maiden voyage across the lake to the Ritz Carleton for lunch — we received a mock stern warning from the Sheriff’s Marine Patrol for going too fast in the no-wake zone (pretty good for the first time that the two of us rowed together! It is very fast, really stable and a joy — the beauty is evident to everyone — we get constant compliments (and we didn’t even have to spend $400K for a Hinckley). My first thought when the boat arrived is that we should consider sending it back up the coast to NYC and MOMA so they could put it on display — it is first and foremost a beautiful piece of art. Thanks guys for your good counsel (this is the right boat for us) flawless delivery and continued support. Roderick Gilkey

  3. 5 out of 5

    Have been meaning to add a review and seeing one from neighboring Lake Charlevoix spurred me on! We could not be happier with our two beautiful new boats, Vermont Fishing Dories (one red, one blue, both with custom blue interior). One is on Lake Michigan, the other on Lake Leelanau. On the maiden voyage, our Lake Michigan boat cut through 1-2 foot waves without any problem and remained absolutely stable. Exactly what I was looking for: a rowboat that could take Lake Michigan conditions. I’m so glad that I took a last minute look at this boat. I had ignored the “fishing dory” as I was in the market for a rowboat. But when I saw the details about stability and the video to prove it, I was sold. I can come into shore by myself, even with significant waves, stand up, and jump out. Even if you are young and agile, this is not an easy feat! Have a really fantastic cover made by Grand Traverse Canvas to protect the gorgeous wood. Thanks to your team for building such wonderful boats!

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    5 out of 5

    Dear Justin and Ian,

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for building my Vermont Dory. The boat is exquisite, and handles beautifully in the water. Yesterday when I got the boat, I went for a row in Lake Charlevoix.
    The lake was pretty rough yesterday but my dory took it like a pro. So easy to row! This morning the lake was calm and my dory glided through the water. So peaceful and serene – what a way to start the morning!
    Kindest regards,
    Shari Kitchen

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    5 out of 5

    The shipping company called yesterday, and the boat will be arriving next Wednesday. Its maiden voyage will be on Drakes Estero in the Point Reyes National Park, where the boat will be surrounded by bat rays and leopard sharks.Rod Kerr, San Anselmo CA

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    5 out of 5

    Just wanted to tell you that the 14′ Vermont Dory I purchased from you last week is all and more than I was looking for! I have used it on flat water and on a windy, choppy rainy day with no problems in handling and stability what so ever. After spending my younger days in a Grumman aluminum canoe, thousands of miles in a sea kayak, this boat now fits my needs and age perfectly. Thank you. Peter

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    5 out of 5

    Hi guys…..I just wanted to thank you for the help in securing boat to my truck for the ride home. 5.5 hours and no problems at all. Just to pass on a word, the boat looks even better than any photographs. She looks absolutely gorgeous. Arm candy. Thanks. Tim

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    5 out of 5

    This boat is fantastic. I have put some teenagers who didn’t know how to row and they went off and returned with huge smiles and confidence. One of them joined the crew team at highschool. I row with my 80lb lab and she loves the boat.

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    5 out of 5

    Dave and Steve, As perhaps you recall, I was sent to the show in Rockland to find “a sweet rowing boat” for my wife. Well, the report is….she loves the boat. So much, in fact, that we are expecting. Best regards….and thank you, Brian Editor’s note: individual results may vary. .

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    5 out of 5

    Guys, we got the Panzerwagen-Green VFD in the water on a local pond today. Small, 800-pixel images attached. Larger available if you need them. We’ll have better pictures soon. Off to Pleasant Bay tomorrow morning, (further up on Cape Cod); we’ll see how she takes to the salt. First impressions: WOW! Even with two plus-size people sitting bow and stern, she still pulls along with a minimum of effort and maneuvers very well. I was a little worried about that, frankly. I need not have been. Then I took her for a spin solo, pulling hard, and she launched like a rocket. That’s a VERY fast little boat! Makes me shudder to think how wicked-swift the AGB must be, since it’s supposed to easily outperform the VFD. And this VFD is MANEUVERABLE! With a little fancy oarwork, she was spinning and darting like I’ve never experienced from a pulling boat. More like a kayak in that regard. What a combination! I was delighted to see the oars don’t cross when rowing from the midships station. However, it wasn’t hard at all to pick up the knack rowing off the bow, and I had her tracking straight in a matter of minutes, so that was sweet. And it was nice just to be able to pass the oars over to Penny, without otherwise moving, and she was able just to take over from the other end. Plus, it’s REALLY nice to have a boat I can push into tight spots instead of being stuck with pulling; as when making a berth, for example. I’ve never had a 2-way hull before, it’s a hoot. So, all in all, we’re fantastically pleased with the product. All we need is a second footbrace to go with the second set of oars and we’re good to go. Can you send one down our way ASAP please? More soon. I’m your new testimonial guy 🙂 Thanks to Dave, Justin and Steve for a great product and terrific customer service. Robt. Ward

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    5 out of 5

    Hi Everyone, I just want you to know how much I have been enjoying my boat! For the last two weeks it’s been at our camp where the family has had a chance to row it. My son loves it for fishing and the grandchildren all wanted me to row them around the lake!…….even the 17 yr. old! But our 9 year old granddaughter looks as if she’s been rowing forever and she rows me. For the next while it will be here at home on Mt. Desert Island where Susy Flach and I row together. It’s just so beautiful that I smile everytime I look at it! Who knew that a little blue boat could bring a more “mature” lady so much joy! Thanks!! Chloe Hatcher

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    5 out of 5

    Your company offered corporate America an unbelievable lesson in pre-customer service today. Living nowhere near Vermont, I emailed an inquiry as to where I might see a dory. Eight minutes later David pulled up to the house with one on the roof of his car. We talked boats for 40 minutes until I had to excuse myself for another meeting. I recognize that it was a fluke, David being 3.3 miles from my house when I sent the e-mail, but still….amazing service. A sale is likely Jonathan W. Peters Rye, New York 10580

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