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.”

Upcoming Events:



We’re putting on the whole hog to celebrate the 225th Anniversary of Lowell’s Boat Shop! Join us on the banks of the Merrimack for cocktails and oysters — then enjoy a delectable roast pig feast, courtesy of James and Elizabeth Brugger. Proceeds from this Fundraiser will benefit the LBS Building Restoration Project — help us thrive for another 225 years!


WHERE: Lowell’s Boat Shop, 459 Main Street, Amesbury

WHEN: Friday, August 24, 2018


TICKETS: $85 per person

For more information, call 978-834-0050 or email:

Yoga by the River - with Emily Chandra

Join us at Lowell’s Boat Shop for an all-levels Vinyasa Yoga practice with a view! Practice riverside and balance your body, mind and spirit. A beautiful start to the day!

Bring water and a mat. All levels — and walk-ins — welcome!

When: Saturday, August 25th from 9am-10am

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.