As one of the original 13 colonies, Massachusetts has had a long tradition of involvement in the boat and shipbuilding industry. More than 300 ships have been built on the North and South Rivers including the Bark Columbia which carried the crew that discovered the who discovered the Columbia River.

Hundreds of fishing schooners and dories were built on the North Shore, and Clipper ships were built by Shiverick in East Dennis. In more recent history, Massachusetts boatbuilders have developed the Beetle Cat, Mackenzie Cuttyhunk bass boats, the Eldridge Mcginnis design Brownell and Fortier bass boats, Cape Dory, Boston Whaler, Crosby Wianno seniors, Gurnet Point boats and many others.

What are the reasons for having a boat built in Massachusetts? Custom built for you, the owner, by a craftsman in a small shop, not by a factory assembly line. And there is no need to drive long distances to visit your boat being built.

Today, there are many small boatbuilding shops with highly skilled and dedicated craftsmen that turn out beautiful craft. These vessels are built with a wide variety of materials and techniques, from the traditional plank on frame wood construction to more modern materials of fiberglass and aluminum. Learn more about Massachusetts' Boat Builders!