When I was a young teenager my father started my brother, sister, and me in a business we called the Salt Marsh Dory Company.
Over the years we have built and sold over fifty “Salt Marsh Dories,” the wonderful little boats we still carry on the decks of our schooners. In 1992, between trips in the merchant marine, I built a 22 foot fishing sloop boat for myself. I found I needed an excuse to go sailing more, so I started Salt Marsh Charters.
Interestingly, after six boats, thirty years, and several DBA’s later, my motivation for the business has still not changed. I still love keeping the traditional art of wooden boat building and preservation going in Essex and keeping these craft working out of Gloucester with friends, family, paying guests, and especially the younger crew who gain so much from the experience.