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Boatbuilders & Repairers

A.F. Theriault & Son Ltd. is one of the largest privately owned boatyards in Canada’s Atlantic Region. The company was founded in 1938. To date, it has proudly built over 900 vessels. State of the art fishing boats, workboats, pilot boats, patrol vessels, yachts, fireboats, barges, passenger ferries,  and aquaculture processing boats are built or repaired by combining old techniques with the latest trends and technologies. Indoor production facilities for vessels up to 150′ in length demonstrate, through outstanding quality, performance and reliability, a personal dedication to clients and pride in workmanship.

A strong emphasis is placed on the construction quality, safety and stability of all boats in accordance with Transport Canada, US Coast Guard and American Boat and Yacht Council as well as to class requirements such as Lloyd’s Register, DNV GL and American Bureau of Shipping.

A.F. Theriault & Son Ltd.

(902) 645-2327

ABCO Industries Inc., located on the waterfront of the historic shipbuilding and UNESCO World Heritage designated town of Lunenburg, specializes in the manufacture of welded aluminium boats to 65′ (20m).

ABCO has numerous standard designs which can be customized and as well can provide custom designs or work with your design.

ABCO builds for marine industries including environmental response and research, aquaculture / fishing, regulatory, patrol, security, search and rescue, pilotage and other commercial applications.

ABCO facilities include over 26,000 square feet of inside manufacturing space with modern welding, forming, and fabricating equipment. Welding is certified and all operations fall under a documented Quality Assurance Program to ISO 9001:2015.

ABCO boats are designed and manufactured to appropriate codes and standards such as Transport Canada, American Boat & Yacht Council, American Bureau of Shipping and Lloyd’s Register.

ABCO employees are committed to providing the highest standard of quality, value and innovation to their customers since 1947.

ABCO Industries Inc.

(902) 634-8821

Pond Boat Shop has been building wood epoxy composite and fibreglass composite boats for over 30 years. They are custom builders to owner’s requirements of sail boats and rowing boats, power runabouts, pocket power cruisers and power sedan cruisers. Composite construction creates light, strong and easily driven vessels. The shop does new construction, refits and repairs, provides design consultation, design adaptation, mechanical and electrical installations and rigging. Suppliers of Dudley Dix kits and assembly of kits. Big Pond has Certified Boat Builder, and Certified Marine Service Technician on staff.
(photo of a 2019 launch Dark Harbor 17.5’)

Big Pond Boat Shop

(902) 531-2247

“I’m very satisfied with the boat I had built at Chéticamp Boatbuilders. They were great to work with and they put great craftsmanship into my boat. They take pride in their work. I wouldn’t hesitate to have another boat built at Chéticamp Boatbuilders.” ~ Maurice Curtis
Chéticamp is an Acadian fishing town situated beside the fertile fishing grounds of the Northumberland Strait and the Gulf of St. Lawrence on the beautiful Cabot trail. Chéticamp Boatbuilders have been providing fine, durable vessels for the East Coast fishing industry for over 25 years.
Over the years, their operation has expanded to include welding and mechanical shops and a marine supply store. They build, repair and service longliners, lobster boats, crab boats and fish draggers. They converted a 60’ fishing boat into a luxury cruiser and performed a major refit on the 56’ Eastern Star.
Chéticamp Boatbuilders can build you a fine vessel for commercial fishing or for cruising. Dependability and craftsmanship are their hallmark.

Cheticamp Boatbuilders

(902) 224-3443

Since 1979 Covey Island Boatworks has been building award-winning custom sail and motor yachts for the world. In fact, their yard has turned nearly 100 unique dreams into low-maintenance realities and sound investments.  They build their boats for sailors, passage-makers, and adventurers.  Boats with character, designed for everything from family living and cruising to modern racers and classic yachts.  Every Covey Island boat reflects the extensive knowledge acquired from over 39 years of combining traditional Nova Scotia craftsmanship with trusted, cutting-edge technologies.

In 2016 they opened a new yard in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, where they are building and finishing commercial fishing boats and other larger pleasure boats. In addition to new builds, they provide full refit-restoration services, spar building, rigging, repairs and Awlgrip refinishing. If you are interested in electric or hybrid propulsion, Covey Island Boatworks are distributors for both Torqeedo, Bellmarine, and LMC, leaders in marine electric & hybrid propulsion. In 2017 Covey Island also took on the Beta Marine line of diesel motors and generators for Atlantic Canada. This year Covey Island is introducing the CIB 30 HE, a Downeast boat or Lobster Yacht with hybrid propulsion. Follow the progress of this innovative and very exciting pleasure boat on Covey Island’s website.

Covey Island Boatworks

(902) 640-3064 or TF (877) 889-2546

With nearly four decades of
building experience Scott and his crew can build your boat. Scott cut his teeth building high-end vessels with Covey Island Boatworks before going out on his own. The list of boats he’s built or repaired is as broad as it is long - sail, power, commercial, fishing. His new facility can easily handle up to 50’ and he and his crew can work in wood, wood/epoxy, composite and fiberglass with equal talent.
For a boat you will be proud to own contact the team at Dagley’s Boatworks.

Dagley's Boatworks

(902) 764-2193

David MacDonald’s boat shop overlooks the Northumberland Strait and Prince Edward Island, and is located halfway between Antigonish and New Glasgow on Route 245. The Northumberland Strait is home to the type of fishing boat known as the Northumberland style. David has been a boat builder for the past 33 years and now specializes in boat finishing and repairs. Top quality workmanship and products are their past and future goals.

David MacDonald Boats

(902) 863-0962

Long Beach Boat Building Ltd. was established in 2000 and builds durable and reliable commercial and pleasure boats up to 45’.
Mark brings 18 years of boatbuilding experience to the company. All boat parts are solid moulded fibreglass and each vessel is custom finished to meet the owner’s requirements. The company has developed a 32’ hull that is available in both commercial and pleasure versions.

Long Beach Boat Building

(902) 737-1209

Also known as Rock Solid Composites Ltd, they are located in Cornwallis, NS. They are privately owned company established by owner and President Barry O’Neil, who brings 40+ years in composites and combined boatbuilding experience to the company.

The business employs skilled workers that can produce a vessel to your specifications. Rock Solid facilities include over 30,000 square ft of inside manufacturing space. They can accommodate 2 x 50’ vessels inside and 2 vessels outside where they offer custom boat building, modifications, repairs and maintenance to fiberglass boats, including lengthening and widening hulls. All boats are designed and built to appropriate codes and standards and Transport Canada requirements.

Drop by and meet Barry O’Neil and Nathaniel Denton for a tour of the facility and/or discuss your next boat building project.

Rock Solid Fabricators Ltd.

(902) 638-3311

Founded in 1986, Samson Enterprises has been at the forefront of fiberglass boat building. Boasting nearly four decades of superior craftsmanship and innovation, they have consistently defined the benchmark for quality in marine construction. Samsons produces three main models, the Samson line, the Magna 45 x 16 and the Northshore line, along with their Cape Island 40’. 

In 2023, Samson Enterprises entered an exciting new chapter with its acquisition by Donald Kehoe, a dedicated member of the team for over three decades. Donald's profound understanding of the company's values, coupled with his relentless pursuit of perfection, ensures that our tradition of unparalleled craftsmanship remains. Now at the helm alongside Gerard Kehoe, they are committed to upholding the legacy of excellence that Samson Enterprises is known for. 

Under their leadership, Samson Enterprises pledges to maintain the highest standards of quality and customer satisfaction that have been the cornerstone of their success. The Kehoe duo brings a blend of tradition and innovation to the table. Whether it’s crafting custom-built fishing boats or robust commercial vessels, their commitment to superior quality remains.

Samson Enterprises

(902) 226-0095

In business since 1944, Snyder’s Shipyard are capable of building and restoring vessels from 22’ - 110’ in wood and fibreglass. Most recently they have built and completed several 39’4” to 50’ fibreglass lobster boats. The yard recently renovated two shops to accommodate refits to widen and lengthen smaller vessels.
Snyder’s have a fully operational 200 tonne marine slipway to haul vessels up to 65’. The photo shows the most recent Sea Gypsy which measures
49’ x 25’.

Snyder's Shipyard

(902) 543-8323

Tern Boatworks is located in Chester Basin, Nova Scotia and specializes in new construction, restoration and repair of traditional wooden and composite boats. Tern Boatworks offers a variety of services including: custom fibreglass work and repair, electrical and mechanical systems, spar building and rigging, paint and varnish, and custom interior design and construction. They can also complete seasonal maintenance services and manufacture bronze and aluminum boat hardware. Their facilities are available for custom pattern making, casting, machining and polishing. At Tern Boatworks, a high level of craftsmanship is of the utmost importance. Their shop is on-site at Gold River Marina and they can arrange hauling, storage and launching of the boats under their care.

Tern Boatworks

(902) 279-0078

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