• About Us

  • Experience

  • Unique blend of experience & youthful enthusiasm:

    Recent additions to our crew include graduates of nationally recognized boat design and/or boat-building schools, such as the Landing School in Maine or the NW Boatbuilding School in Washington State. These young enthusiasts come armed with the latest in tech- nology and practical skills across all segments of building and repairing fine yachts.

  • Stability & knowledge through tenure:

    More than half of the current crew has been in the industry for over twenty years each. The result is a plethora of experience in critical boatbuilding skills and a sound mentor basis for new hires. It’s fair to say that our guys have seen-it-all, from dents and scratches to boats requiring a complete refit.

  • Collaboration

  • Planning -

    Every job begins with an extensive assessment of needs with the vessel owner or his representative. The result is a written estimate, segregated by job category, of antici- pated labor hours and major parts. This estimate is sent to owner for approval prior to commencement of work

  • In Process -
    We encourage visits during the repair or restoration process to view progress and discuss any changes that may be desired once work begins. In most cases, fre- quent progress reports are sent to customer along with relevant photos.

  • Completion -
    Every job ultimately ends. The result is a like-new boat offering many additional years of enjoyment and pride for the lucky owner. At Dutch Wharf the customer’s smile
    lasts long after the bill is paid.

  • Special Services

  • Additional Work -

    Frequently, an owner will find that his needs change once work begins and additional problems appear that were previously masked or not obvi- ous. Unlike many yards who will not adjust their schedules to accommodate these additional tasks, Dutch Wharf will make every effort to do so – and still meet the customer’s expected delivery date.

  • Special Requests -

    Want to insure that certain products are used in your repair? No problem. We strive to provide what our customers want.

    Want to maintain the historic or classic nature of your vessel? Again, no problem. We have a net- work of suppliers who can deliver or fabricate ‘out-of-production’ parts to our order, whether they be wood, metal, rope, canvas or paint. Just tell us the effect you desire. We’ll provide it.

  • Economies

  • Ben Franklin famously said, “Time is money.” Having work done in a timely manner by qualified people who ‘get it right the first time’ is terribly important. Since all boat yards bill their labor by the hour it is ultimately less expensive to have the right craftsman spend one hour than to have two or more lesser qualified people each spend an hour to accomplish the same result.
    In addition: our labor rates are among the most competitive on the east coast. Please call us. You’ll be pleased you did.

  • DEVELOPING YOUNG BOATERS

  • The ski industry, after years of reluctance, finally accepted, and eventually encouraged, snowboarding. It has added millions to the coffers of ski resorts and drawn a new generation of customers to their once declining sport.
    The golf industry faces a similar problem. Clubs are closing and public rounds are anemic. But things are beginning to change. Women are now full-fledged members of country clubs and clubhouses even (gasp) provide ladies’ locker rooms. The hoary Augusta National Golf Club has granted membership to a woman – albeit a former Secretary of State. More importantly, the USGA is actively recruiting young and minority children through their successful “First Tee” program, all designed to slow the decline in number of rounds played per year.
    But what about decreasing growth in the boating industry? With the exception of junior sailing programs, usually sponsored by private clubs in exclusive coastal enclaves, little has been done to attract new (young) boaters. Nada.
    An informal survey of boating friends found that none have children with a keen interest in boating, neither sailors nor power boaters. Sadly, none of my three children are boaters. One son considered the possibility but turned away due to the high entry cost and continuing maintenance expense. With five dollar/gallon fuel and five dollar/foot overnight tie ups, who can afford it? Answer: old retired guys. Not a good omen for the industry.
    What’s to be done?
    Associations and (with a few notable exceptions) marinas do not seem to recognize, much less address, the problem. Taxes and economy are the usual culprits. It’s therefore up to individual boat owners, who have the most to lose, to suggest ways to appeal to a younger market – to build a passion for boating.
    Today’s kids crave excitement. Unfortunately, too many children of boaters get it vicariously through Internet video games, not actual experience. On the water too many go below to play games or lie on the bow soaking up sun while dad or mom do the work and have all the fun. Granted, some will grudgingly throw a line ashore when asked . Giving kids meaningful roles in boat handling may be one answer to generating excitement for the sport.
    • Let them plan an itinerary
    • Let them navigate to the destination
    • Put them at the helm during a tricky inlet approach
    • Let them dock the boat in different situations and conditions
    • Have them stand off and wait their turn at a busy fuel dock
    • Have them stand a night watch
    • Disable the GPS and have them find their way home
    • Disable conveniences like bow thrusters and roller furlers and see how they cope
    Like the flight instructor forced to sit on his hands when the student shoots his first landing you will be there to offer guidance and assistance when needed, but learn to keep your hands off the controls at those critical moments.
    It’ s a good bet their feeling of accomplishment and excitement will result in a continuing interest in boating and the thrills it entails.
    Like the mom who schedules play dates for her kids we may have coddled them into boredom that drives them to seek fun and adventure elsewhere.
    The above doesn’t solve the ‘expense’ component of the problem but given enough fun and excitement on the water, kids will find a way to participate. After all: snow boards and golf clubs are not cheap either.
    A SUGGESTION FROM DUTCH WHARF BOAT YARD & MARINA, Branford, CT