I couldn’t be happier with my Briggs – Style Dory from High Desert Dories. Andy’s attention to detail is unparalleled, and as the years and trips go by I continue to notice small features that make the boat perfect. My young kids love the flush decks and seats, and I love how the light boat handles.
Recently, on a boat ramp, someone came to look at Andy’s handiwork on the interior of my hatches. He’s trying to prevent his hatches from coming unglued where they’re stepped on, and showed me how the ingenious supports under each hatch on my foam – core Dory shed water and support jumping boatmen. It’s apparent this design came from decades of trial and error. The custom outfitting also makes the boat dreamy. Andy helped me engineer a transom cutout for a small motor, since Cataract Canyon is my backyard run, and I frequently push across the reservoir. I also valued his opinion when I’d throw out an idea and he’d politely tell me why it stunk. Months later I’d realize he was right. He’s already thought out (or endured) many of the potential problems one might encounter, so I didn’t have to repeat them. I thought about dories and plans for years before hiring Andy, but nothing came to fruition. My only regret is that I didn’t do it ten years earlier.
16’9″ Briggs-style foam core “Unless”
Of the many wonderful pleasures in life one of the greatest for me is witnessing a master at their craft. From his connection to the legends, experience on the river, and the comprehensive knowledge of river dory boats, Andy has it all. With my reasonable carpentry skills and Andy’s guidance I now have a work of art. If you want to build your own boat and want it to turn out perfect, you need Andy!
Dr. Eric Breitenbach
Welcome to Dory Land – a note from Andy
I’ve been building, rowing and following this passion since I first laid eyes on whitewater dories in a book entitled Hidden Canyon, by John Blaustein. I then saw these boats on the water, back in 1982, and fell immediately in love from my simple kayak.
Since finishing my first dory in 1990, I’ve shaped 20+ of these boats, one hull at a time for folks who wish to realize that same dream. From patterned kits to shaped hulls and highly customized fishing or whitewater dories, I am at your service. I also specialize in boat repairs and renovation of historic dories and driftboats. Also, I’m your source for oars, trailers and other hard-to-find accessories, such as oarlock stands, custom oar wraps, lettering and artwork. Get in touch and I’ll assist you with your dream boat.
Contact Andy Hutchinson, sole-proprietor