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Take a look at some of the quality restorations and new builds Scott has performed. Dragon boats, C4s, C15s and other small craft are featured.
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Cancer survivors raise money through Dragon Boat racing.  Read the article recently published in the Hants Journal featuring these extraordinary women and their Dragon boat built here at Dagley's Boatworks. 
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Testimonials

Dagley's Boatworks at the Wooden Boat Festival in Mahone Bay
Scott 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 say...

"I asked Scott to build a version of a 16 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 it!"

 

Dave Robeson Email Tel: 709 778-3711
Construction of 16 ft. mahogany runabout

"When 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 plan it.

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

"Once 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

"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."

 

Dave Robeson, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Construction of Archree,15 ft. Whitehall cedar strip row/sail boat with epoxied interior and exterior walls

"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.

 
Heather Corrigan Paddling Committee Banook Canoe Club Dartmouth, Nova Scotia
Repair of various racing craft

 

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