Overview

Established in 1980 by Nat Benjamin and Ross Gannon, Gannon and Benjamin Marine Railway has built over 70 substantial vessels, mostly to Nat’s designs. With design inspiration from classic yachts and traditional boats, and built with the highest quality materials and meticulous craftsmanship, our boats are intended to take owners, family and friends sailing in a comfortable, safe and seamanlike fashion. Built in plank-on-frame construction, our boats range in size from an 8-foot dinghy to a 65-foot schooner.

Every step of the process, from design to selection of wood, construction, rigging and outfitting takes place in our shop, allowing the construction to move forward in a harmonious, cost-effective, quality-controlled manner. We have extensive experience with a wide variety of vessels, capable of building or repairing boats for a row around the pond, to a cruise around the world.

Our Approach

At Gannon and Benjamin, every step of the wooden boat building process is either done in-house or in close collaboration with other local specialty craftsmen. Our shop harmoniously combines the efforts and talents of a team of shipwrights, riggers, cabinetmakers, painters, mechanics, pattern-makers, metal and foundry workers, sail makers, and more.

From the design drawings, to the wooden spar construction and traditional rigging, G&B handles wooden boat construction and restoration from start to finish in a professional and respectful manner.

Philosophy

At Gannon and Benjamin, every step of the wooden boat building process is either done in-house or in close collaboration with other local specialty craftsmen. Our shop harmoniously combines the efforts and talents of a team of shipwrights, riggers, cabinetmakers, painters, mechanics, pattern-makers, metal and foundry workers, sail makers, and more.

From the design drawings, to the wooden spar construction and traditional rigging, G&B handles wooden boat construction and restoration from start to finish in a professional and respectful manner.