About dories. dories are one of the few hundreds of year old boat designs to have survived into the 21st century, and for good reason. their sea keeping abilities, slippery shapes, extreme versatility, and ease of construction make them one of the best choices for a first-time or veteran boat builder looking for a great boat able to be built on a budget.. If you are unsure where to start then just ask us. we’ll guide you through the sets of plans and come up with a boat that suits your needs. designers we use include iain oughtred, ross lillistone, nick atkins, david payne, michael storer just to name a few.. Wooden boat plans and kits. many boat plans are offered online. at first everything is very confusing, then you start to get some idea of the different types of boats available..