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.

History

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Stevens Boatworks is a modern full-service boat yard with traditional Nova Scotia roots. The yard traces its history back five generations to Tancook Island, off Nova Scotia’s South Shore. There, in the late 1800’s, Amos Stevens became known for developing the famous inshore fishing schooner, the Tancook Whaler. 

"Five generations of traditional boatbuilding"

In 1945, Amos’s grandson, Captain Gerald Stevens (known as “GL”) returned from the war and joined his father and grandfather in building boats and yachts at Chester Sea Craft, a boatyard located at our present site. The buildings were destroyed by fire in 1972 and the whole complex was rebuilt by the local community.

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Dozens of boats large and small were launched from this yard before the end of the century. Some were designed by G.L. and others by such well-regarded designers as Howard Chapelle, Sparkman Stevens and Francis Herreshoff. More recently, the renewed interest in the William Roue-designed wooden Bluenose sloops led to our building a number of these boats in our yard.

"Boats for work and pleasure"  

Though the recession of 2008 had a drastic impact on traditional Nova Scotia boat yards, we used the opportunity to rebuild and modernize. Stevens Boatworks renewed itself and grew to a modern full-service boat yard. Our marina was expanded and modernized, our facility buildings upgraded, our marine railway rebuilt, and a marine engine service and repair shop added. We also became the Atlantic Dealer for Beta Marine diesel engines and generators.

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