Boatmakers of Nova Scotia

This month’s issue of PassageMaker Magazine has a cool piece on the boatbuilders of Nova Scotia. The article features, in some depth, several members of the Nova Scotia Boat Builders Association. These include:

  • AF Theriault and Son. This company is located in Meteghan River, near the mouth of the Bay of Fundy. They produce both commercial and recreational vehicles, and have been in operation since 1938.
  • Covey Island Boatworks, in Lunenburg, has been in operation since 1979. Covey Island specializes in wood composite construction, which layers light, strong wood, epoxy and technical fabrics.
  • Doucette’s Boat Building Ltd. (Actually located in Prince Edward Island, but serving N.S. as well.) Started by Jimmy Doucette in 1990, Doucette now operates with sons Mark and Andy. Doucette’s has introduced the North Island 45, a semi-displacement cruising boat.
  • LeBlanc Brothers. Brothers Leo, Neil and Kevin, operate from a remote peninsula on Nova Scotia’s southwestern tip. They specialize in trawler yachts.
  • Samson Enterprises. Located on a remote harbor of an island off Cape Breton, Samson is the largest boat manufacturer in eastern Nova Scotia. They produce a line of pleasure boats from 28 to 42 feet long.
  • Nova Trawler Company, Inc. Located in scenic Shelburne, NTC has been building semi-custom liveaboard trawlers for the last decade.
  • Rosborough Boats. Located in Murphy Cove, Rosborough Boats builds between 40-50 commercial and pleasure boats per year. Its most popular pleasure boat is the RF-246 Sedan Cruiser.
  • And finally, Yachtsmiths International. YI is located in a 30000 sq ft facility on the waterfront of Dartmouth (Halifax). They build custom aluminum yachts as well as the Cabot 36 line of sailboats and motorsailers.

Check out the websites and the association if you’re interested in working with a Nova Scotia Boat Builder.

Nova Scotia is a fantastic boating place. Try Lunenburg, on Nova Scotia’s south shore, for a soothing, low-maintenance trip. It offers marina facilities & dockage, moorings, 10-ton capacity marine railway, water, showers, ice. There is a yacht shop and all services are located within a half kilometer of the marina.

Lunenburg itself is amazing. The historic town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1995 because it is widely viewed to be the best example of planned British colonial settlement in North America. Lunenburg has an unusually rich maritime heritage and history of shipbuilding, and is the home to the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic.


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