Chatham’s Pease Bros. Boat Works Sold, Renamed

Photo from drone footage taken at Pease Boatworks. Video by Tom Chartrand, available at

Cape Cod Chronicle: For nearly 90 years, a small enclave on the shores of Mill Pond [in Chatham] has seen the genesis of some of the most beautiful wooden boats built on Cape Cod. The tradition began with legendary naval architect F. Spaulding Dunbar and was carried on for the past 20 years by the Pease Brothers Boat Works and Marine Railway.

As of Dec. 30, the tiller was passed to Woody Metzger and Jim Donovan, who have rechristened the facility First Light Boat Works and Marine Railway, named for the iconic center console wooden powerboat that they will continue to build in the workshop that was once home to U.S. Navy dirigibles.

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