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.

You can see and feel the quality of our workmanship.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.

With more than forty five years  experience, Maine boatbuilder Dale Cottrell, along with sons Ben and Seth (who both have over twenty years experience),they started building boats while still in their teens.. Together they handcraft each boat with an eye for detail and the care and expertise that you expect from true genuine craftsmen. You can trust them to build the boat of your dreams. Many have.

It all starts with a call to Lynn, wife, Mom and chief bottle washer. She can answer your questions, help you decide what boat will fit your needs the best and help you get the process started. Call today 207 548 0094. We would love to hear from you!

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.

Call 207-548-0094 first if you are coming from away.

Dale and Lynn Cottrell.


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