Open Boats, LLC was organized in January, 2003 and we began renovating and outfitting our present
shop in historic Port Republic in June, 2003.
a safe, clean comfortable workplace for the construction and restoration of boats with attention to quality and craftsmanship.
We believe in keeping costs low but not by compromising safety or the comfort of working conditions. We support the economical
use of materials and encourage the reuse of quality wood and hardware.
Our only full time staffer is
Ken Spring, the manager of the SOBs. Several shipwrights
visit regularly and offer advice. The shop facilities are shared with Rob Dale, an experienced shipwright and finish carpenter,
as part of his business The Hands-On Company.
The SOBs represent the realization of a lifelong dream of Ken
Spring to operate a boatbuilding business. Nearly 40 years of experience as an amateur boatbuilder, commercial fisherman and
boat operator lies behind his decision to start this business. Years of working under uncomfortable circumstances in dusty,
freezing boatyards has made him value the need for comfortable working conditions and an adequately equipped shop.
We occupy two buildings in a small commercial area in a pleasant rural setting. Our office and consignment
shop are in the 570 square foot building adjacent to our 2500 square foot workshop. The workshop is fully insulated,
has air-conditioning, oil heat, centralized dust collection, centralized compressed air, a downdraft ventilation system
for fume and odor control as well as two exhaust fans. High intensity lighting, dedicated electrical circuits and modern machines
complete the facility.
|SOBS Office and Consignment Shop|
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