An Experience Unlike any Other

You are invited to undertake a journey of discovering true craftsmanship. Building your own curated one of one – the Van Dam way. Here, there is a connection between the past, present and future. There is a partnering of vision and ability; the skill of human hands committed to delivering your dream.  Your want of a perfect watercraft is our labor of

love. Van Dam Custom Boats is driven by a set of values and principles that elevate the meaning of craftsmanship; moving with purpose, engaging the mind and cultivating an attitude of excellence with every build. It results in a custom boat that is built to last; for you, your family and many years of enjoyment on the water.


Be process oriented.

World class organizations are built on a foundation of highly effective, repeatable processes. Look to create processes for every aspect of your work, and then turn those processes into habits to achieve consistent results.

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“Anything you want” rarely means anything you want. Van Dam specializes in shaping your one of one; and yes, it can be just about anything. From a late-night epiphany sketched on a cocktail napkin, to a dream you’ve held dear since childhood, a conversation with our passionate crew will inspire you to dream even bigger.


There are no ‘comes in your choice of’ model lines here. Our team will translate your ideas into a one-of-a-kind design. And as real-time sketches and concepting move to the drawing board, we believe you should be involved from start to finish in the process. Be it size and speed, or the stitching pattern on the seats, your role is instrumental in ensuring your boat is truly an extension of you.


Remember the thrill of learning how to ride a bike for the first time? You’ll feel a lot like that when you step into the woodshop at Van Dam and see mahogany curls on the floor under the skeleton of your boat. As the build progresses, you will stand in the spaces where imagination becomes reality – at the helm, in the galley, on deck. We encourage clients to visit as often as possible during the build to experience every inch of their boat as it comes to life.

Sea Trial
& Delivery

After many conversations, visits to the shop, and nervous anticipation, your boat is ready. It’s normal to be a little jittery when meeting her for the first time. Van Dam not only delivers your boat in person, after final review of all aspects of performance and construction, they offer guidance as you and your boat get to know each other. From manning the wheel and rigging the sails, to reviewing the unique details of your original design, we don’t say goodbye until you’re operating and enjoying your boat with seamless confidence.

Forever Family

You’ve taken delivery of your custom boat and broken the champagne bottle over the bow. Your relationship with Van Dam doesn’t end there. When you commission a boat from Van Dam, the team is available to you every day for the lifetime of ownership. Whether you call with a maintenance question, drop your boat off for seasonal TLC, or find you would like to freshen up the design, we value the chance to reconnect with you and hear all about your adventures, nautical or otherwise. At Van Dam, building boats also means we are expanding our family.

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