Custom Built Boats

Lowell’s Boat Shop’s hand crafted wooden boats ~ since 1793

Authenticity Integrity Craftsmanship

At Lowell’s Boat shop we specialize in flat bottomed dories and dory-skiffs.  We build several in-house designs in various sizes, most of which can be adapted for sail.  Our Amesbury Skiff is our option for power and can be built in sizes ranging from 12 to 22 feet.  For the rowing enthusiast we suggest the Atlantic Rowing Skiff or the Salisbury Point Skiff; for the traditional sailor we build the Sailing Surf Dory and the Lowell Sailboat, and for dinghies and general use we build the Lowell Tender, Deer Isle Skiff, and Merrimack Skiff.  All of our models are variations of original Lowell’s designs built from patterns that have been in the shop since the 19th century.  While we offer any of our boats of entirely traditional construction, many of our customers tend to blend old and new methods by having the bottom and garboard encapsulated with fiberglass and epoxy—a method commonly used for those who intend to have their boat spend the majority of its time on a trailer.

We are a working museum which means your boat will be built in a museum setting for the public to see.  All of our work is done by professional boatbuilding staff trained through an unbroken chain of institutional knowledge.  We source our lumber as locally as possible often cutting and milling trees ourselves.  In addition, we use American Made fasteners, paints, etc. whenever possible and have most of our hardware produced by a bronze foundry in town.  Below is a list of specifications and options though every boat we build is custom and can be built to the owners own wishes.  If you want something built that we don’t already make, we can do that too!

custom-built-boats-sideSpecifications
Planking: White Cedar/White Pine
Stem, rails and knees: White oak/Black Locust
Frames: White oak/Black Locust
Transom and breast hook: Honduran mahogany/Sapele
Seating: Mahogany/Cedar/Pine
Fastenings: Silicone bronze ring nails and screws; copper rivets and burrs
Hardware: Bronze bow eye, cleats, drain plug, oar locks and sockets
Finish: Kirby marine enamel; Les Tonkinois varnish
Options include: White pine, or Honduran mahogany planking Mahogany or cedar seating
Boat bottom encapsulated in West System epoxy and fiberglass
Yacht finish: Varnished rails, transom, breast hook and seats.

Complete boat refinishing and maintenance services
At Lowell’s, we work with each customer on an individual basis and consider each boat a custom order.
Please inquire for additional details on building and delivery options.