A flat-bottomed open rowboat, characteristic of New England. The dory's planking runs fore and aft, the length of the boat, with high sides, a V-shaped raked or angled transom, and sharp, graceful sheer. There are many subtypes of dory; the type goes back to the 15th century. The term is used by some modern boat builders as a marketing tool to describe boats that have no resemblance to dories.