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Cottrell Boatbuilding

Maine's Largest Builder of Small Wooden Boats

Cottrell Boatbuilding

Builders of the Finest Wooden Rowboats, Yacht Tenders, Dinghies, Dories and Daysailer.

Maine-Built Boats

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.


Quality Workmanship

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.

Our Boats


Captain's Blog

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 »

How Carry It Through Was Made

A True Father & Sons Business Carry It Through is a gorgeous short documentary. In 2014, Sara Quinn, who was a graduate student at The Salt Institute at Maine College of Art, reached out to Cottrell Boatbuilding to see if perhaps the two could team ... Read More »