Prams, Dinghies, and Dory's...Oh My!

        
  (Image: Chesapeake Light Craft)                  Image: Chesapeake Light Craft)             (Image: Chesapeake Light Craft)  
           Pram                             Dinghy                       Dory                                   
What is the difference between "Prams," "Dinghies," and "Dory's"?

Well...that is a very good question! There seems to be a variety of opinions and answers to this question; we will do our best to summarize the results of our research here.

"Dinghy" is a term generally given to any small, open boat. As such, all three of the boat models we are building can be classified as dinghies. Dinghies tend to have a transom (flat surface) at the rear and a pointed bow. Flared sides allow for cargo to be loaded easily.

(image: Chesapeake Light Craft)

A "pram" is a small boat that has a transom at both the bow and stern of the boat. This design provides more cargo space when compared to boats of equal size. Prams are quite stable in the water and have a fair amount of "rocker" (the bottom curves upwards towards the bow and stern). Having rocker enhances the boats ability to ride up and over waves and increases the boats turning maneuverability.

Now - that's got "rocker"!
(image: Chesapeake Light Craft)

A "dory" is typically a flat-bottomed boat with a pointed bow and often a pointed stern. Dory's have a long fishing tradition and have been used as fishing vessels in all bodies of water, including miles out to sea! Dory's tend to be narrow and long, making them cut through the water nicely.

(Image: Google images)
Dory Fishing

(Image: Lowell Boat Museum)  
Dory Fishing

                                        (Image: Lowell Boat Museum)                                                                                   Dory Fishing
                                                             
                                                            (Image: Lowell Boat Museum)                         
                                                                   Dory Fishing
                                                                                                              

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