History

Serving boating customers since the 20's

WE DEFINE OURSELVES IN ONE WORD: PRIDE

People Really Interested Deliver Excellence. Woodard Marine, a family owned and operated business, has been delivering excellence to customers since 1960. In the 1920’s, the original founder of Woodard Marine, Raymond Woodard, began custom building wooden boats at the Woodard/McCrea Boatworks in Hatley, Quebec, and Canada. The boats built at the Woodard/McCrea Boatworks included designs by John L. Hacker and many of the winning 151 Class Hydroplanes that dominated the US circuit, including the Hacker Pelican.

Woodard Marine, Lake Bomoseen, VT.

During the 30’s and 40’s, Raymond broke off from the family business and started to build boats on his own. After World War II his hobby grew into a full-time boat building operation in Chester, Vermont, founding Woodard Boats.

Woodard boats became known as good riding, well-built quality boats. Woodard Boats were constructed with white oak frames, plywood hulls, and mahogany decks.

During the years of Woodard Boat production (1948-1960), the Woodard family spent most weekends during the summer on one of many lakes near Chester, VT. Bob and Alan Woodard, sons of Raymond and Rowena, grew up around the boating industry. They both worked in the boat shop during their childhood helping Raymond build the Woodard Boats. They occasionally have built wooden boats here at Woodard Marine, including a 26′ Hackercraft replica and a 12′ Penn Yan replica.

As the wave of fiberglass boat construction went into full force, Raymond decided to sell boats rather than construct them. Raymond and his wife Rowena moved Woodard Boats to the Southern tip of Lake Bomoseen, Vermont and founded Woodard Marine in 1960. In the 1980’s Raymond and Rowena retired from Woodard Marine leaving the operation to their son’s Robert and Alan. In 2001, Alan Woodard lost his battle to cancer and joined Raymond and Rowena in “Boating Heaven”.

Woodard Marine still operates from its original location on Lake Bomoseen (with many new improvements). Today when you visit Woodard Marine you will see the business being run by Bob Woodard, his wife Barbara, his daughter Lauren Woodard-Splatt and his son-in-law Eric Splatt. We are very proud of our heritage, experience, family, and team at Woodard Marine.

We define ourselves in one-word PRIDE (People Really Interested Deliver Excellence)!

WHY CHOOSE US?

  • We carry the finest boating brands in the industry.

  • Voted the #10 dealership in all of the United States.

  • Delivers a professional touch with a personal atmosphere.

  • Service department was voted the #1 Service Department in America’s Top 100 Marine Dealerships.

  • Incredible financing deals for your new boat.

  • State of the art boat rental facility.

  • Largest accessory “Ship Store” in Vermont.

  • Boater’s Advantage program, which delivers to you the best products at the best discount prices.

  • We have been buying from and having Woodard Marine service our boats for the past 15 yrs. Although there are many other marinas and dealerships that we could go to they are our choice. A family business with good, strong family values, who are willing to go the extra mile to ensure a satisfied customer.Pennie DiMartino
  • Purchased my first ever boat, a new Moomba from Woodard Marine last week, from the time we started talking with Lauren and Eric to the time it was delivered they were awesome. Extremely accommodating and always helping in any way possible no matter the day. They treat people right and my business will always stay with them.Nate Fineberg

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