Public News

Boat Shows

The Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association will have an information booth at the:

Fish Canada – Workboat Canada Show in Moncton, New Brunswick
Come visit the NSBA booth (#215) at the Fish Canada/Workboat Canada Boat Show on January 26-27, 2018 in Moncton, NB! Check out our Events Page for more information!

Halifax International Boat Show 2018 in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Come visit the NSBA booth #412 at the Halifax International Boat Show on February 8-11, 2018 to pick up a copy of our annual directory of boatbuilder and marine supplier members – and to learn about career opportunities in the industry and the Boat Builder and Marine Service Technician apprenticeship programs.

The Halifax International Boat Show has been bringing together the largest and most sought-after brands of boats and equipment from across eastern Canada for nearly 40 years. Featuring boats of all shapes and sizes… plus exhibits of marine equipment, marine engines, diesel, gas, outboard and inboard, marine electronics and accessories, docks and dock builders.

For more information, please visit our Events Page for more information!

Job Opportunities

To see if any members of the Nova Scotia Boatbuilders Association are hiring click on the link.

Member Announcements

EYE Marine Consultants have been celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. The company of professional naval architects and marine engineers was established in 1967 when the Yeatman Endal Company merged with Evans Engineering to become Evans, Yeatman, and Endal. In 1986 the company adopted the abbreviated name EYE Marine. The current owner/operators are long term members of EYE, each with over 35 years of experience in the company. Here’s to the next 50 years!

Beta Marine Canada Ltd. appoints new Dealer in Atlantic Canada

Beta Marine Canada Ltd. is pleased to announce that Covey Island Boatworks, of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia is their new dealer in Atlantic Canada.

Covey Island Boatworks is well known in North America and abroad for their high quality custom built yachts and restorations of historic and classic yachts.

Beta Marine has a renowned reputation built over 30 years for their efficient, economical and robust marine engines and generating sets. With a continued focus on growing their dealer network and sales in Canada, Covey Island is a welcome addition to the Beta Marine Canada dealer family.

The efficiency of Beta Marine and other modern diesel engines is driving demand in the repower and OEM market segments. Additionally the growth, complexity and popularity of onboard systems, electric propulsion and hybrids is creating increased demand for updated generator sets, said Al Hutchinson, President of Covey Island Boatworks.

Covey Island Boatworks will be selling, repowering/installing and servicing Beta Marine products throughout Atlantic Canada and at their facilities in Lunenburg, Riverport and Liverpool, NS.

“I am tremendously excited about the new relationship with Covey Island”, said Ben Gartside, President of Beta Marine Canada.  “With Covey Island’s impeccable reputation and deep roots in the community, they are a perfect fit with the Beta Marine family”, said Mr. Gartside.

Congratulations to Joe Dicks, Production Manager at ABCO Industries Limited, for recently receiving a special award from the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency for his outstanding contributions to advancing apprenticeship training and trades certification. The presentation was made at the NSAA Annual Industry Day, and Premier Stephen McNeil was there to shake Joe’s hand and have a chat.

L to R: Margie Davidson, NSAA; Premier Stephen McNeil, Joe Dicks, Carol MacCulloch, NSAA








Congratulations to Construction Navale Atlantique (NSBA Member) on receiving the Entrepreneurial Growth Award from the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Caraquet at the 12th Commerc’Or Gala.  This event took place on October 15th in acknowledgement of Construction Navale’s economic impact through employing 41 skilled workers.

L to R: Patrick Normandeau, Engineer Technician; JP Robichaud, Director; & Dennis Gionet, Production Manager