Stevens Boatworks

Stevens Boatworks is a traditional boatyard and marina in the historic village of Chester on Nova Scotia’s South Shore. Committed to excellence in boat construction and maintenance, our yard utilizes time-honored workmanship in building and restoring strong, seaworthy vessels. Our marina offers safe, secure slips and moorings and inside or outside winter storage. We build lasting relationships with our customers and are committed to upholding a legacy dating back to the end of the Second World War.

Classic Care

Stevens Boatworks' Classic Care is a comprehensive maintenance program for wooden yachts and classic boats of all types and sizes. To ensure a sound, seaworthy vessel and avoid inconvenient repair down-time, the program is comprised of scheduled inspections, assessment and any necessary repairs or replacements.

Once a vessel joins the Classic Care program, it undergoes an initial inspection and assessment. The complete structure and systems are comprehensively evaluated, and potential deficiencies or problem areas are noted. Particular attention is given to engine and mechanical systems and to all electrical and electronic components. A comprehensive report is prepared and presented to the owner, along with a suggested repair and/or replacement plan, budget and work schedule.

Once the critical items have been addressed, we will prepare a Classic Care Maintenance Plan covering all aspects of the operational requirements of the boat and its systems to ensure the vessel remains sound in all respects.

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The Classic Care program includes a spring launch tailored to the owner’s schedule. The vessel is commissioned and all systems run up and verified. Last-minute repairs, if any, are attended to with the owner’s consent. The vessel is delivered to the owner in completely clean and fully operational condition.

Mid-season, we schedule a vessel visit at the owner’s convenience. We check out all systems and, if called for, service and repair or replace equipment found deficient. At the end of the season, the hull, engines and systems are cleaned, inspected, winterized and repaired as required with the owner's approval. The vessel is prepared for winter storage, stored under our care and checked regularly.

The Classic Care program allows owners to relax in complete confidence that their vessels are being looked after by people who understand and care about both classic boats and the full range of possible mechanical and electronic systems. Owners can rest assured that their classic wooden vessels will be in fully operable and seaworthy condition, ensuring maximal enjoyment and confidence throughout the year.

Once a vessel is in our Classic Care program, owners pay only for work done with consent. As all seafarers know, unforeseen problems do occur. In such cases, we provide emergency service 24/7 during the boating season to boats enrolled in this program. In the event of an emergency, we will visit the vessel at her location and either do the necessary repair on site or, if necessary, bring her back to our yard. Owners pay only for the cost of an actual repair or replacement.

Preventive maintenance often saves money and always minimizes aggravations. We would be pleased to discuss our Classic Care program and its cost, which varies depending the boat. You may be pleasantly surprised. Call us at 902-476-2751 or email us here, at 

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