Maine's largest builder of small wooden boats.

Maine-Built Boats

Builders of the finest wooden rowboats, yacht tenders, dinghies, dories and daysailer.

Cottrell Boatbuilding is Maine’s largest builder of small wooden boats.  We build all manner of small boats for rowing and sailing. Wherries, Dinghies, Yacht Tenders, Dories and Daysailers. We also do custom boats. Whatever you are looking for. If your intention is to get on the water in a beautiful small wooden boat for rowing, sailing, exploring, or using as a yacht tender, come talk to us. We have the talent, expertise and reputation to build the perfect boat for you.

Our Maine-Built Boats

Tadpole floating in Abaco
Penobscot Wherry
Chaisson Dory with Mahogany Trim
Plank on Frame Dinghy
Cottrell Boatbuilding Fiddle-Tender-Boat
Fiddlehead Tender

“I absolutely LOVE my new Cottrell Tadpole. It is beautiful, light and rows like a dream. It’s right at home alongside my 1952 wooden Yawl. She draws compliments wherever I go. She is easily carried ashore by one or two people. Thank you so much for building the PERFECT dinghy.”  

~ Scott Gazelle

“From our initial email to the delivery of our finished boat, Lynn and Dale Cottrell were wonderful to work with. Dale is an excellent boat builder and Lynn is an excellent business manager: a great combination for a pleasant boat buying experience.”  

~ Max and Marion Gray

“I love this boat! She handles like a dream and is fast as the wind. Well balanced, light and smooth, with perfectly matched oars. What’s more, she is beautiful. The guys at NSY tease me by saying I should put a motor on her. I enjoy telling them Camellia is a rowing boat!! Thanks for a perfect work of art and the most fun boat I have ever owned.”      

~ Mary Johnstone

You can see and feel the quality of our workmanship. At Cottrell Boatbuilding, we use centuries old traditional methods as well as modern construction techniques. We love building traditional plank on frame boats but we realize it is not for everyone.

These days most of our boats are a more modern composite construction, mainly glued lap wood epoxy.  The new modern wooden boat.  This modern construction method results in a very rugged, lightweight, strong hull.  Less expensive and  easy to maintain.