Bay of Islands Dory

P20141016_Humber Arm South (9)We’re heading west! WBMNL documentation team will be in Lark Harbour from May 9-14, 2016.

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5 thoughts on “Bay of Islands Dory

  • July 27, 2016 at 1:09 pm
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    We just visited several villages in Newfoundland and in one village we counted 65 dories with the base orange and trim in dark green. All boats had numbers on them which we think is a registration number. Can you tell me why so many dories in the orange and green trim paint. Are they all part of a company that they work for?

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    • July 27, 2016 at 1:14 pm
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      Hello Ray, you must be on the west coast of Newfoundland. Dories in the Bay of Islands have been painted orange and green for a number of years. Prior to that they were painted grey. I imagine orange replaced the grey for safety reasons, but otherwise I haven’t come across any reason for painting them all the same colour, other than simply being the community tradition.

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  • March 10, 2021 at 12:59 pm
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    Hi,
    I want to build what we call a flat. It’s like the pic of the orange boat above. Do you have plans and or an instruction manual to build one. I live in Northern Ontario currently and would like to use local materials to build a traditional Newfoundland flat. My family are originally from the south coast, Hermitage and Gaultois specifically, and I would like to build a boat similar to the boats found in that area. Most of the flats found in Gaultois and Hermitage usually had a 20-40 horse power motor and were about 18-20 ft long. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanking you in advance.

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    • March 18, 2021 at 2:02 pm
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      Hello Dion – Thank you for your comment. I’ll be in touch via email to help answer some of your questions.

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  • June 26, 2021 at 10:37 pm
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    Using the Bay of Islands Dory on the East Coast (love it) however, do not require (beaching the boat in sandy coves) as is done on the West Coast, which appears to be the main reason for no keel? So, my question(s): What would be the negative and positive outcomes of adding a keel to the Bay of Islands Dory? i.e. if a keel was added would the boat be “as safe” with the only negative consequence being the boat can no longer be beached (in a hurry) on sandy shores?

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