Established in 1793, Lowell’s Boat Shop is the oldest operating boat shop in America.

“A National Historic Landmark and working museum, Lowell’s is dedicated to preserving and perpetuating the art and craft of wooden boat building.”

Lowell's Custom Built Boats


Lowell’s Boat Shop is a working museum continuing to build the full line of Dories and Skiffs which the shop has been producing for more than two centuries. Time tested and built on tradition, Lowell boats are classic and elegant craft for those who want to own a piece of history. Call or email the shop to speak to a boatbuilder about your new Lowell Boat.


Interested in a custom built Lowell’s boat? All inquiries, including those for repair/restoration work, can be directed to Graham McKay by filling out the form on our inquiries page, located here.

Boat Building Classes


Lowell’s is proud to offer a variety of classes for all levels of experience – from the beginner to the experienced builder. Our class offerings can be found here.

Apprentice Program



Contact the shop for details and an application package

Summer Youth Programs


Lowell’s offers youth programs both on the water and in the workshop! To check out what we’re up to this summer, click here.

Current School Programs


Lowell’s is proud to partner with area schools in offering STEAM based programming. For more information on our programs, click  here.