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.


Owner Trond Grenager purchased the yard in 1999, with the single objective of carrying on the long Nova Scotia tradition of fine workmanship. Trond was born and raised on the coast of Norway and grew up around all manner of traditional wooden crafts. He served in the Norwegian Navy before coming to Canada to attend the University of British Colombia. He later graduated from the University of California with a degree in architecture, and had a successful career in architecture and engineering before embarking on the boat building he's passionate about. 

General Manager Robert Franklin's experience combines a long history in the merchant marine with early years on the coast of British Colombia's Vancouver Island. His expertise ranges widely, from building and repairing traditional craft to the installation and maintenance of all types of engines and mechanical systems. Our expansion into the innovative 24/7 Service program draws heavily on his broad-based knowledge of the field. 





We rely on a dedicated team of local additional staff, depending on the type of project and expertise required. We draw on them to address the increasingly complex world of contemporary marine design and construction. Our team includes local shipwrights, mechanics, electricians, finish painters, and other experts who are available help us fully address the specific requirements of each project we take on. 

Without losing the commitment to the long-standing wooden boat tradition on the South Shore, we have expanded our staffing expertise to address the increasingly complex world of contemporary marine design and construction.  We are prepared to assist the boat owner with every manner of boat service, from electrical and electronic equipment to building and finishing craft. We can perform these services at our yard, in or out of the water, or at your own marina location by franchise-trained staff. 




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