Education can speak volumes of a person's knowledge,
few can question that fact. But nobody can teach passion
which is bred into one's body, mind and spirit.
I remember the first time I met Scott Dagley. It was
over the phone, and I remember after that conversation,
which I thought was short, that I had met someone that
was completely nuts about boats. This conversation in
fact was an hour long, and I know we didn't talk about
business that long, we talked about boats.
Scott Dagley is an excited man. He's passionate about
boatbuilding and bringing life to old boats. Each time I
meet up with him, I leave feeling slightly overwhelmed
by his rate of talking, and the vast amount of
information I have received. Latest projects and
upcoming boats to build or restore as well as
reminiscing of past projects. I love these
conversations, which is why a short visit is usually an
Few can carry the knowledge this man does. He
instills a level of genius of boatbuilding that makes me
think he lived in several former lives as a boat
builder, at least, I hope he did.
He comes from a family of boat builders, four
generations deep, and he backed-up this generational
pastime by graduating the boatbuilding program at the
Nova Scotia Community College. After spending nine years
as a boat builder at Covey Island Boatworks, Scott
ventured on his own to open Dagley's Boats in 1995.
Scott has gained a reputation for quality work
completed on schedule. This doesn't surprise me, as he
seems to work as fast as his mind runs. His philosophy,
"I work on every boat as if it were mine." I truly
believe that this man cries inside as each boat ventures
from his boatyard onto a life on the water. Though, his
tears go to help give this boat something to float upon.
From building 30 foot sailboats, to full size dragon
boats, and scale models, this boat builder surely has
done it all, often using creative techniques to stay
within allotted time, weight, and budget.
His restoration jobs have garnered great comments,
such as "Scott built my boat better than new!" Some of
his restoration jobs have brought new life to relics
most would not bother destroying, and others such as a
racing kayak, have gone on to win world medals.
Scott's efforts have not only brought new life to
boats but people. He was the first in Canada to produce
wooden "baby" dragon boats, and the first to build
dragon boats of any size east of Ontario. These dragon
boats have gone to duty in support of breast cancer
survivors, raising millions of dollars for research and
support, and giving spirit to a tortured soul.
I often wonder if Scott realizes the genius he uses
to perform artistic engineering on the boats which he
touches. Scott Dagley will love your boat more then you
will, he is a fourth generation boat builder - born, bred & educated.
Tim S. Conrad