About Us - Dagley's Boatworks
Craftmanship for the Sea
At Dagley’s Boatworks we combine old-fashioned craftsmanship with new technology to custom-build or restore a boat that will give you years of enjoyment. Each project is carefully planned to suit your needs, then skillfully developed using epoxy, fibreglass and vinyl-ester in composite construction and durable low-VOC paints. The end result is a boat that handles well in the water, is pleasing to the eye and is easy to maintain. And last but not least, our prices are reasonable.
Our projects range from dragon boats to sloops, canoes to Cape Island fishing boats, up to 40 feet in length. Whether it’s new construction, repair, or a classic or commercial restoration, proprietor-builder, Scott Dagley, has over forty years experience in satisfying clients. Our shop is located in East LeHave. We’re proud to be continuing this tradition.
Scott Dagley is a fourth generation Nova Scotia boatbuilder, who began working on boats when he was 13 years old. His first teacher was his father, the late Gerald Dagley, who had helped build the tall ships Bluenose II and the Bounty in Lunenburg, in the 1960’s.
Gerald helped Scott restore his first boat, an old bank dory. She had been purchased for $5 and was rebuilt, rigged to sail, and then resold for $75.
Scott is a graduate of the boatbuilding training course at the Nova Scotia Community College/LRVS (Class of ’84.)
Scott’s second boat was an old Mahone Bay runabout, purchased from a friend for a quart of rum. Scott and his father not only restored and rebuilt her; they also added a 1956 Johnson Seahorse motor. Scott was hooked on boatbuilding!
Scott’s formal boatbuilding education continued under master shipwright Nelson Cutler. He received his diploma in boatbuilding from the province of Nova Scotia in 1985.
Scott began his career working for New Dublin Watercrafts. There he gained experience in fiberglass and epoxy, as well as in building traditional cedar canvas canoes. He then spent eight and a half years employed by Covey Island Boatworks, working on mono-hulls, tri-hulls and yachts up to 80 feet in length, using a variety of traditional and modern materials and techniques.
He started his own business in 1995, which became Dagley’s Boatworks. Dagley’s Boatworks is well known for quality boatbuilding and restoration work, completed efficiently and on time.
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.
In 2006 Scott was chosen by the Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association to be a mentor for apprentice boatbuilders.