About Riddle Boatworks
Our Wooden Boat Shop
custom wooden boat transom overlay applied to Tartan Ten transomRiddle Boatworks is a wooden boat shop located on the south shore of Lake Erie in Vermilion, Ohio, about 40 miles west of Cleveland and is owned and operated by me, John Riddle. I opened the shop to perform wooden boat restoration and repair. Since then, we have repaired, restored and built all manner of wooden boats:
  • Vintage Chris Craft Boats from Runabouts to 38' Cruisers
  • Lyman Runabouts
  • Matthews Cruisers
  • One-Design and Cruising Sailboats


Custom Wooden Boat Building

Although we will always seek interesting restoration work on wooden boats, we are focusing now on promoting our wooden boat building capabilities, particularly wood epoxy construction. With immediate capacity to about 50’, we look forward to discussing your next custom boat, whether it’s sail or power, big or small, traditional or contemporary construction. Our wooden boat interests have no limits!


Custom Boat Design

On the design side, we have working relationships with more than a dozen naval architects, many of whom have created numerous custom designs for cold molded construction or other wood-epoxy construction methods. Take a look at our Power Designs and Sail Designs pages to see some existing stock designs that are available to us from the boards of a variety of naval architects. In addition to those, we can design and build almost any style you can imagine:
  • Downeast Lobster Boats and Yachts
  • Carolina-Style Sportfishing Boats
  • Trawlers
  • Power Catamarans
  • Traditional Commuters & Cruisers
  • Runabouts
  • Launches & Tenders
  • Racing Keel Boats
  • Daysailers Large & Small
  • Cruising Boats
  • Catamarans
Whether your needs are for wooden boat restoration or custom wooden boat building in traditional or wood epoxy methods, contact Riddle Boatworks for excellence in craftsmanship and attention to detail.


Contact Us

We would be pleased to discuss your restoration or custom boat building project. Take a few minutes to look around our site and don’t hesitate to contact us about anything that intrigues you. Thank you. We look forward to hearing from you. Please click here to contact us.

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