Dagley, owner of Dagley's Boatworks, is a fourth
generation boat builder and a graduate of the
boatbuilding training course at the Nova Scotia
Community College/LRVS (Class of '84.) In 1993 he opened
Dagley's Boats, Petite Riviere after nine years as a
boat builder at Covey Island Boatworks. Scott has gained
a reputation for quality work completed on schedule.
His philosophy, "I work on every boat as if were mine",
has led to testimonials such as, "Scott built my boat
better than new!". As a builder, he has repaired
kayaks that have competing in the Worlds, one of which
would go on to win a medal. In 2000, Scott became
the first boat builder in Canada to produce wooden
"baby" dragon boats and the first builder east of
Ontario to build dragon boats of any size.
What some of our clients had to
"I asked Scott to build a
version of a 16 ½ foot runabout based on an Edwin Monk design.
The hull is mahogany with accents of red and white cedar. I had
an image in my mind of what it would look like and Scott far
exceeded it. The workmanship is second to none. The attention to
detail is what sets Scott's work apart. I would encourage anyone
who is thinking of a new build or is in need of first class
rebuild/restoration work to give Scott a call. You won't regret
| Dave Robeson
Email Tel: 709
Construction of 16½ ft. mahogany
Scott rebuilt my 50 year old wooden classic, he treated it with
respect and was very sympathetic to the original design. The
result is a fabulous vessel that retains all its originality,
but which is now thoroughly up-to-date. Watching Scott size up
the gaping hole that was to become my old boat's new cockpit, I
wondered if he was up to the task. I needn't have worried- the
result is strong, watertight, beautifully thought-out and built
- and all done in less time than I would have needed just to
Scott wastes no time
and no materials- two vital components in a well-done job. He
loves wood - he treats it with respect, works it with great
skill and the results are spectacular! I can't tell you how many
times people have commented on my boat which Scott restored. His
work can, and does, pass the closest scrutiny."
| Chris Beckett, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Restoration of Andrillot II, 30 ft.
Laurent Giles ocean racer
our dragon boat team had decided to have two baby dragon boats
built, the challenge was to find a boat builder to design and
build one. Once I had met Scott I was impressed with his
enthusiasm, his skills and the confidence with which he tackled
this challenging task. Our boat handles fabulously, not only
feeling safe but performing extremely well. Working together
with Scott was a great pleasure and nothing was ever too much
for him. He works fast and efficiently. Not only was he
generally ahead of the schedule but he is a perfectionist, which
translates into high quality workmanship."
| Margo Kleiker, Bosom Buddies Dragon Boat
Team, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia
Construction of two 30 ft. wooden
"baby" dragon boats
Dave Robeson, Halifax, Nova Scotia
"I've been very,
very satisfied with the boat that Dagley's Boats built me. Scott does
first rate work...a real craftsman. I've never seen better epoxy work
anywhere. Flawless. His woodworking is superb...no open joints...no
fillers used. Another thing that is really great about Scott is his
enthusiasm for his work. He loves boats and it carries over into his
dealings with customers. He offers good advice and helpful suggestions."
Construction of Archree,15 ft.
Whitehall cedar strip row/sail boat with epoxied interior and
"The top-class restoration and repair work that Dagley's
Boats has done on our club's canoes and kayaks had
greatly added to their longevity at the same time as
maintaining their quality and racing form. One of the 20
year old C-15's that he restored has gone on to be one
of the most winning boats in the country. And the new
C-4's that Scott has built for us have gone on to do
well in world championships. Scott has first class
skills as a boat builder, consistently doing top quality
work, with each job finished on time and within budget.
I can't think of more to ask of a boat builder."
Gordon Hamilton, Micmac Aquatic
Club, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Restoration of numerous
competitive racing can
The boat repair that was completed
by Dagley's Boatworks on the old wooden C15, C4 and
kayaks has enabled the club to return these boats to
active use in the paddling program. The workmanship
met all of our expectations and we are planning to
send more boats to your yard. Establishing a
relationship with Dagley's Boatworks is important;
where Banook Canoe Club can send boats in need of
repair in the late fall and have them returned to
the club as soon as the ice melts off of the lake.
Thank you Scott for your commitment to the wooden
boat industry because without your expertise Bannok
Canoe Club would be having to replace these boats.
Corrigan Paddling Committee Banook Canoe Club
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Repair of various racing