In my 17 foot Swampscott dory:
You will be subject to inspection by Coast Guard and Sheriff's, State Parks Rangers etc., Marine Units on the water.
Bob, I searched on google just now for 17 Swampscot Dory plans and found your Wooden boat Facebook post on the $1 purchase / rebuild of your dory. Great to know the story. I have a 17' Penobscot that I'm building from Arch Davis Designs. Similar love of a boats graceful lines. Happy Fishing !