Lunenberg Shipyard Alliance

Ship builders &Ship repairers

The Lunenburg Shipyard Alliance was forged from Nova Scotia’s most experienced marine businesses.

Covey Island Boatworks, builders of custom composite yachts for the world since 1979; Lunenburg Industrial Foundry & Engineering, a world-famous foundry since 1891; and Snyder’s Shipyard, builders of traditional wooden vessels since 1944.

Together, with over two centuries of combined marine experience, our team offers three railways and a travel lift to haul out, repair, service or build vessels up to 1,600 tonnes.

About us

This team has worked together over the years on many projects including the award winning total restoration of the Bristol Channel pilot cutter Marguerite T and most recently the complete rebuild of Canada’s iconic sailing ambassador Bluenose II using an innovative combination of modern and traditional techniques to create a stronger, safer vessel, built to ABS standards.

Robert oliver

Co-Founder and CEO

The LSA is a proud sponsor of the annual Antigua Classic Concours d’Elegance!

  The Lunenburg Shipyard Alliance was one of the finalists for Classic Boat magazine’s Boatyard of the Year award!

Robert oliver

News and events

Advantages of buying a used boat:

buying a old boat

Buying a boat can sometimes be overwhelming. There are so many factors to consider, and you will have to make so many decisions before you buy the boat. Many people tend to buy a new boat as they are concerned about the quality and warranty. But it may not be the right choice for everyone. Depending on your purpose and budget you need to decide if you want a new boat or if you can get a used boat which is as good as a new boat.

The following are some of the advantages of getting a used boat:

Price Range:

One of the best benefits of buying a used boat is that you will get the same boat for a much lower price. Used boats cost much less when compared to new boats, and you can save a lot of money if you happen to be on a tight budget. If you happen to find the right dealer who offers you excellent quality boats you will be able to save a lot of money. However, make sure that you check if all the components are in good condition before buying a used boat.

Purpose of usage:


If you are planning to use it occasionally for recreation purposes you don’t need a brand new boat; the used boats would be perfect as you will not be using it regularly. Most of the dealers sell good quality used boats, and if you are not satisfied with how the boat looks, you can even customise it and make it look like how you want it to be.

Negotiating Additional items:

When you buy a new boat you will have to spend a lot of money to buy the boat then you again have to spend a lot of money to buy all the additional things necessary for the boat. For example, you will need safety equipment and things like that. When you buy a used boat, you can negotiate with the owner that you need all those additional pieces of equipment too for a reasonable price. Doing this will help you save a lot of money.

Maintenance record:

Just by looking at the maintenance record you will be able to know which parts of the boat has been changed and thus you have new equipment and do not have to spend much on it. You can always give the boat a brand new look by painting it and understand the parts that require more attention just by looking at the maintenance record of the boat.


There is no harm in getting a new boat if you are interested in warranty and if your purpose demands a new boat, then you can go ahead and buy them. But if you feel that you don’t need a new boat, you can save thousands of dollars when buying a used boat. Ponder upon the idea, and if you think you can find a good used boat, you should go ahead in purchasing the boat.

Tips to buy a boat


If you are planning to buy a boat you need to put in a lot of thought into it and buy the boat which suits your purpose the most. There are different boat types, and you need to buy the one which is best for your purpose. The following are some of the tips you can use to buy a boat:

Figure out for what reason you are buying the buying the boat:

There are different types of boats like the sailing boat, fishing boat, cruising boat and you need to determine which boat you want. Take a moment and think of what purpose you are going to use that boat. Do you plan to go fishing with it or do you expect on sailing, cursing, water skiing etc? Depending on the purpose you need to buy the boat accordingly.

Determining your budget:


Once you decide to buy a boat you need to think about the budget you need to set apart to buy the boat. Keep in mind the expenses you will have to face or maintenance and other things after you buy the boat and if you can include such expenses in your budget.

New or old boat:

There are various pros and cons to buying a new and an old boat. A new boat will be in perfect condition, and you will also get the warranty but if you are expecting a boat for a lesser price you can go for a used boat. Most of the used boats are in good conditions, and if you find the right dealer, you will be able to save a lot of money.

Search for the best boat dealer:

Look on the internet or the paper for the local boat dealers in your area and read as much as you can about the dealer and how good their boats are. Check out forums and ask people who are familiar with the dealer and then consider making a deal with the boat dealer.

Compare boats:

Once you have decided what boat to buy you would have narrowed down to two to three boats in your mind. The next thing you need to do is compare those boats with each other so that you will be able to figure out which boat is the best. You can make your comparisons based on the weight, beam, noise made by the boat, visibility you get while sitting and standing on the boat, controls, engines etc.

Boat Broker:

If you are not very comfortable in figuring out the boat you want or if you are too busy to deal with all these you can hire a boat broker who will do the work for you. The broker will help you get the best deal for your boat and also help you buy the various resources you will need for your boat.



I am into shipping business and you know how imperative it is to have a strong vessel built for safe transportation. Thelsa is always be best for any vessel repair and they make the best vessels as well.

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Lunenburg Shipyard Alliance PO Box 1240 Lunenburg, Nova Scotia B0J 2C0

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