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
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 2006 Scott was chosen by the Nova
Scotia Boatbuilders Association to be a mentor for
Dagley’s Boatworks, we have a diversified set of skills
and services. We build everything from sailing and motor
yachts up to 40 feet in length to racing and pleasure
canoes, Chinese dragon boats and custom Novie boats. We
repair and restore both commercial and pleasure craft.
Repairs and Restoration
We repair wooden hulls using traditional methods, or
epoxy wooden hulls with fiberglass.
We can repair and rebuild fiberglass hulls.
We can widen your fiberglass hull to make it more
stable, spacious and comfortable.
If you have a wooden hull that you would prefer to
have in solid fiberglass, we can do that for you, too.
The wooden hull is fiberglassed, and then the fiberglass
is removed. Now the “new” fiberglass hull can be
custom-sized to your specifications.
Interiors can be custom made – we discuss and plan
the layout together. If we can make it work, there is no
limit on what can be done.
We can build to your designer’s specifications or
design and build your own “one-off” boat, unique to your
We can also use Novie glass hulls and new or used
wooden hulls. We have built two motor yachts from used
wooden hulls that had come to us for a complete