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A family-owned manufacturer of small boats in Hampden, Maine

Hand-laid fiberglass dinghies suitable for many uses

Puffin Boats is a family-owned manufacturer of small boats in Hampden, Maine. Puffin produces hand-laid fiberglass dinghies suitable for rowing, sailing or powered by a small outboard. While orginally designed as the ultimate tow behind tender, the Puffin is equally at home on the family pond as it is in the harbor. Any Puffin is sure to be a valuable addition to your fleet and a family treasure for generations to come.

Our Classic Puffin dinghy has been a mariner’s staple for nearly thirty years. Built in Maine, its quality construction and simple appeal mean it’s as fun to operate as it is durable. Today’s Puffin features a glossy white exterior with a sturdy vinyl rub-rail with rope inlay. Its interior sports a varnished oak seat and motor board, brass oar locks, and a contrasting low maintenance beige finish. To purchase visit one of our locations in either Hampden or Waterville!

Now, the Puffin the world fell in love with is available in a variety of hull colors and with designer wraps! Remember, life is all about choices. With Puffin, you can embrace them even on the water.

Have your pick of a Flag Blue, Forest Green or Chili Red hull!**

Be the envy of the docks with our fun and whimsical designer wraps. The wraps are made of top of the line vinyl and feature brightly colored nautical themes. With multiple designs to choose from, you’re sure to find a Puffin theme you and your family will love! See all of your options by going to our "Puffin Store" section and locating our Wrapped Boat!

Not only are Puffin Dinghies ideal boats for children to use on the water…they are now being spotted in the bedroom!

This charming Puffin bed is also a real boat capable of being disassembled and launched when your loved one is ready. Just stow away the base, mattress, and inserts for the next generation to use.

Our beds are comprised of a Coast Guard Certified 8’6” Puffin dinghy and features a sturdy base, storage inserts, and a quality custom mattress with complete sheet set.

Also new this year are our transom sign & bookshelf! Now you can bring the quality and tradition of Puffin into your home in ways you never thought possible!

The transom sign is customizable with your family name, favorite quote or whatever message you see fit. It’s perfect for handing outside your home, cottage or business and would make a great holiday or wedding gift!

Our bookshelf features the same white glossy exterior and contrasting beige finish of our Classic Puffin and is completed with handcrafted oak shelves and base. Use it as you would any other bookshelf in your home; to display family photos, decorative art and of course, your vast novel collection!

Puffin dinghies have been designed and built in Maine since their inception more than 25 years ago. A tradition of craftsmanship and quality is reflected in our products.


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760, 860, 1060
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Puffin Boats in the News
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Puffin Boats builds more than dinghies at Hampden marina.

Dawn Gagnon Bangor Daily News - August 14, 2013

HAMPDEN, Maine — Hamlin’s Marine General Manager Dan Higgins was looking to hire a salesman late last year when a friend introduced him to a man whose family was in the boat building business.

Higgins wound up not only hiring Josh Cottrell, he also formed a new company and bought the rights, molds and tooling for the Puffin dinghies that Cottrell’s father, Dale Cottrell, designed and began making in the mid-1980s.

“It was designed as a tender for sailboats,” Josh Cottrell said of the Puffins, which were Frankfort Boat Works’ trademark fiberglass dinghies. Although primarily still used as tenders, or small boats used to transport passengers of larger boats to and from shore, dinghies are being used more and more on lakes and ponds, he noted.

The new company, called Puffin Boats LLC, has been building the small boats out of a workshop at the Hamlin’s Marine facility on the Penobscot River in Hampden since February.

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