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Established in 1925

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Shelley and Brad Koster own Mertaugh Boat Works in Hessel, Michigan, and have run it since 2000. The boatyard has been in existence since 1925 when the original owner built a boathouse out of scrap lumber and signed up to be the very first Chris Craft dealer in the world. Brand new wooden Chris Crafts were navigated up Lake Huron with the aid of only a compass, and many of these woodies have remained with their original families in the Les Cheneaux Islands throughout many generations of summer boaters.

Mertaugh Boat Works employees have many years' experience in maintaining and restoring wooden boats of all kinds. We employ experts in varnishing techniques as well as antique motor and engine rebuilding. At the peak of each summer season, Mertaugh Boat Works is the site of the Les Cheneaux Antique Wooden Boat Show (always the second Saturday of August), a unique event that offers wooden boat enthusiasts the opportunity to come together and show off their prize wooden boats.

(photo credit: Little Traverse Conservancy)
At Mertaugh Boat Works, we offer service and maintenance on fiberglass boats and cruisers, as well as storage for boats of any size. Our travelift has 60-ton capacity, and we have heated as well as unheated storage buildings. We offer outdoor spar-up storage for sailboats, shrink wrap service, and fuel sales. Please stop in to check out our ship's store, which stocks nautical supplies, safety equipment and clothing.

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