For some reason, I find dories to be beautiful and fascinating little boats. A dory is typically a small, shallow-draft boat, with high sides, a flat bottom and sharp bow. For centuries, dories have been used as traditional fishing boats both in coastal waters and in the open sea. They’re also used as lifeboats on draggers and long liners, yacht tenders, and for general pleasure boating. Hand-crafted dories are quite popular as they are easy to build because of their simple lines. It’s common to see shops that build them all along the New England coast, including this one in Gloucester. The shop was closed when I visited last weekend, but this dory out in front made a wonderful photo subject. I’m hoping to get back on a weekday when the shop is open to see if I can get some shots of the inside where the boats are actually built.