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.”



OPEN 11-5 Tu – Fri through Dec 21st


Thank you to everyone who joined us this past weekend for our Annual Holiday Open House and for making it the most successful we’ve ever had!  If you still need a Christmas Tree you can come serve yourself if we aren’t here.  Trees are on the deck and the lawn, come pick one out and follow THIS LINK to pay, it’s that easy.  If you need unique gifts for teachers, family, and friends come visit our pop up shop Tuesday – Friday 11-5!

Introduction to Traditional Boatbuilding with Graham McKay


Join us at Lowell’s Boat Shop for an Introduction to Boatbuilding class instructed by boatbuilder Graham McKay.  This class will be held Monday & Thursday nights from 6-9 pm Jan 7 – Feb 7, 2018.

The class builds one Deer Island/Asa Thompson Skiff which is raffled off at the end of the class for the cost of materials. This class is intended to be a beginners class for students with little to no woodworking background.  All materials and tools will be provided, however students are encouraged to bring and use their own tools if they have them. The class will cover basic lofting, layout, wood selection, hand and power tool use, planking, fastening, etc.

The total cost of attendance is $750, with the first $250 as a non-refundable deposit.  There is a 10% discount for members.

Woodworking for Families


Monday, February 18th – Wednesday, February 20th. Looking for something fun to do with your kids during school vacation? Join us at Lowell’s Boat Shop on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 1-4PM for our Woodworking for Families workshop! Experienced instructors will teach you and your children how to build a birdhouse using traditional hand tools. The kids will learn basic woodworking skills, and get lots of hands on practice. We’ll have enough instructors to handle a range of age groups; children must be accompanied by an adult. (Charge is per child, adult supervisors are free.) Give us a call if you have questions or concerns.

 Upcoming Events:

LBS 2018

 Holiday Open House

Our Event Calendar

 Custom Built Boats

Repair and Restoration Services

Customize Your  Boat

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.

Our 2018-2019 Apprenticeship is underway!

Our new project is nearly underway, keep an eye on our current projects page for updates.

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.