Forty years ago…
George Rossiter decided he didn’t want to be a doctor like both his parents, or a fast-track business whiz like most of his friends. He wanted to build boats. And stubbornly, that’s what he did. He started out building wooden row boats – not the little punts that others did but sleek, streamlined boats, through which a person could find both fitness and peace. George went on to study Marine Architecture and the boats evolved into the ultimate in style and function. From the original wooden boats he moved to fiberglass for the hull and teak to accent the topsides and interiors. He built hydrodynamic, smooth-in-the water boats. And he added created innovations that others have since tried to copy.
He built his boats by hand and sold them one at a time. Slowly, over the years, more and more Rossiter boats found their way on to waterways across the continent and around the world. And people came to recognize and trust them for their quality, performance and craftsmanship.
Two decades ago, Scott Hanson had a dream. He left big business and he and his wife Cindy moved to Kennebunkport, Maine where he enrolled in the celebrated Landing School of Boat Building and Design. There he learned the most up-to-date design and building techniques. Scott graduated with honours in Yacht Design and Boat Building.
In 2007 George and Scott met and a new chapter in the Rossiter story began. Scott and Cindy bought Rossiter Boats assuring George that his legacy was in capable hands. Under Scott’s direction, Rossiter quickly outgrew the original shop and the business moved to a modern, state-of-the-art plant where the tradition of craftsmanship continued.