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Maine boat builder Dale Cottrell has been designing, building and restoring boats for over 40 years. His most enduring design is the classic Puffin Dinghy, of which thousands dot the harbors of the world. Dale’s maritime history runs deep, growing up sailing and surfing on the Jersey shore, he headed north to Maine in 1969, started building canoes and never looked back. His vast experience runs the gamut from surfboards to 50 ft lobster boats and everything in between. He has been involved in a myriad of projects over the last 40 years. His repertoire includes several traditional plank on frame sailboats, a 22 ft modified banks dory, extensive wooden yacht and canoe restorations, Kevlar race boats, take apart canoes, steep creek boats for whitewater extremists, surfboards and standup paddle boards.
But his real love is small boats. He loves them, loves building them and loves to use them.
Dale is joined at Cottrell Boat Building by his wife Lynn who handles taking care of business, his son Seth who began building Puffin Dinghies in his dad’s shop when he was barely 13, and sons Josh and Ben and daughter Kate when the need arises.
 At Cottrell Boat Building, we do everything we can to be as environmentally sound as possible. We use local woods whenever we are able and make sure that any wood we purchase is sustainably and ethically grown and harvested. The varnish we use is Le Tonkinois (all natural marine varnish). Our shop is heated with a state of the art in-floor heating system and a wood stove.
Come Pay A Visit!
Our shop is located just 2.5 miles from the Atlantic ocean and the Penobscot Marine Museum, in the seafaring town of Searsport Maine.

Please come for a visit, call 207. 548. 0094 first if you are coming from away.
Dale and Lynn Cottrell.
Dale and Lynn Cottrell.
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