About Snake Mountain Boatworks

Preserving, Repairing & Restoring Antique & Classic Wood Boats

Arriving in 1970 to begin our teaching careers and grow our family, my wife and I bought four acres and a dilapidated circa 1826 house in Addison, Vermont. Putting four sheep on the land offered the “perfect” solution for keeping it open. Well, four soon became 30, trying to eke an existence on way too little land.

The solution was obvious: Buy land and build our own place, which we did, and in October 1976, we moved into our brand new colonial saltbox sitting on 93 acres of land. We cleared the land, built a barn and figured we were all set.

The sheep had other ideas. Those thirty-odd sheep did what comes naturally, and before our eyes, the flock doubled and then doubled again.

In 1979 we built the 42′x80′ barn that now houses Snake Mountain Boatworks. By 1990, with our lives moving in other directions, the flock was sold and those barns stood empty until 2009, when what would become Snake Mountain Boatworks began rising out of the big barn’s dirt floor. The sheep, hay, and all else that farming means have been replaced by 5,000 square feet of superb restoration space.

The fellows who helped me turn the sheep barn into a state-of-the-art boat shop transformed themselves in the process and now comprise the crew’s nucleus. We have schooled ourselves in the ways and methods championed by Don Danenberg. The copy of “The Complete Wooden Runabout Restoration Guide” that we keep in the shop grows more dog-eared daily.

Like Danenberg Boatworks, we uphold the highest standards of craftsmanship and originality, which involves painstaking attention to every detail, using nothing but the highest quality tools and materials, never cutting a corner, and never being satisfied with good enough.

We are blessed with a growing network of equally high-quality professional service providers. Micky Dupuis and his crew at D&S Custom  Metal Restoration in Holyoke, MA work their magic and transform tired hardware into jewelry. Peter Markowski and his crew at Restoration and Performance Motorcars serve our engine restoration needs just as they have for the Porches, Ferraris and so many other examples of the world’s finest motorcars that they are famous for restoring since 1986.

Entrust your boat to the Snake Mountain Boatworks team in complete confidence. We will deliver at a level our competition cannot touch.