Our Company History
Eastern Boats began in 1981 building one model – an 18′ Classic designed by the Dean of Downeast designers, Royal Lowell. Our first facility had two small bays for assembly and glass shop space for two small hulls at a time. Thirty-three years later, we’re still offering this timeless little skiff, updated with modern composite materials and twenty-first century clean, efficient outboard power.
A few years later, we added the 22′ model and offered it as a center console or Lobster cabin. Bob Bourdeau went to work for Eastern in 1989 and purchased the company in 1993. In 1992, we bought the molds to a sweet 27’ Royal Lowell hull and began offering it in both center console and Lobster cabin configuration.
After a devastating fire in the fall of 1993, Eastern moved its entire operation to a new shop in Milton, NH. In 1994 we acquired the well-regarded JC 31 and JC 35 hulls, which have built a long track record as charter fishing boats and cruising motorboats. Since then Eastern has acquired other molds and redesigned models, parts, and manufacturing systems to develop our current offerings.
In the fall of 1994, we built a 50′ X 100′ addition to our facility in Milton which became our new glass shop. The growing popularity of Eastern boats caused us to build a new office and assembly shop in the Milton Industrial Park in 1999. We followed that up with two more buildings in 2002 and 2003. Eastern Boats currently operates out of over 30,000 square feet of manufacturing space, with separate buildings for fiberglass, assembly, and rigging operations.
In 2004, we gave up factor y direct sales to establish a dealer network and converted our processes to all composite construction, using modern knitted fabrics, vinylester resins for skin coats, Nida-core for cockpit soles and deck houses, precisely-shaped, foam-filled fiberglass stringer grids, and Penske Board transoms. Several years later, we also introduced our three 248 models.
In 2011, we introduced our wide-beam 27 Tournament and Islander for hard-core anglers and cruisers, and last year, we bought the molds for the 22 Sisu, bringing that legendary hull back to its New Hampshire birthplace. Now, Eastern Boats continues to move forward, building high-quality, rugged, and fuel-efficient Downeast-style boats.