Maine's Largest Builder of Small Wooden Boats
Builders of the Finest Wooden Rowboats, Yacht Tenders, Dinghies, Dories and Daysailers
Talent, Expertise and Reputation
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. 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.
Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors May/June 2022 issue #176
My friend Giffy Full—who spent years in the boating world, first as a yacht captain, and then as a well-regarded yacht surveyor—called me recently to chat about boats. He lives in Brooklin, Maine, but now spends the winter months at his daughter’s home in Florida. ... Read More »
5 Essential Boating Books That We Love
Everyone has their own opinion for which books they include onboard. Here are five books that we think are excellent choices for any onboard library. Now is a great time of year to be brushing up on safety and boating basics. From tying knots to ... Read More »
Here’s Why We Cut a Hole in That Beautiful Catspaw
In finishing up the Catspaw for sailing we had to cut a hole in the bottom to install a centerboard case. This basically involves building a box to fit over the centerboard to keep the water out. But there is definitely a moment when we ... Read More »
A Tale of Two Classic Moth Boats
Classic Moth Boats Classic Moth Boats are a wooden boat builder’s dream project. You might know us for building our Penobscot Wherries, Maine Whitehalls, and the Catspaws. We’re even known for our restoration projects, and giving out advice on how to take loving care of ... Read More »
Basic Wooden Boat Maintenance 101
Spring is coming! Get ready for the water with this quick wooden boat maintenance guide. With a little bit of time, a few supplies, and most of all some spring fever, you can get your boat ready fast. Whether it’s your tender, rowboat or fishing ... Read More »