On the water. At the show.
Under the microscope. In your portfolio.
Nelson restorations perform.

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Nelson Boatworks’ Approach to Boat Restoration

Set the Bar High. Leap Over the Bar. Repeat On the Next Restoration.

Nelson Boatworks proudly serves the antique and classic boat community, delivering award-winning restorations for discriminating customers worldwide. Located in Minnetrista, Minnesota (west of Lake Minnetonka) our restorations are consistent winners, being crowned Best in Class and Best of Show at the most prestigious judged shows in the world, including Lake Tahoe, Clayton, New York,

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho,  Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire and Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota. If you own an antique or classic boat and are interested in pursuing a no-compromise preservation or restoration—or if you have an idea for a nostalgic restomod, Contact Dan Nelson at 612-508-2201 or use the contact form below.   

Nelson Boatworks By The Numbers

53270
Hours of Midnight Oil Burned
128
Trophies Won
100%
Client Satisfaction
2034
Coats of Varnish Brushed

Dan Nelson

Client Relationship Manager. Chief Researcher. Woodsmith.

Nelson Boatworks is, for the most part, synonymous with Dan Nelson, a master woodworker with over three decades of experience. Dan cut his teeth on large scale commercial building projects—as cabinetmaker and project manager, working under tight budgets and timelines. At Nelson Boatworks, Dan takes pride in getting to know the history of each boat before the first piece of wood is cut. Thorough research and documentation, unparalleled craftsmanship and rigging, and flawless performance are the hallmarks of a Nelson Boatworks restoration.

Dan Nelson

Dan Nelson

President, Nelson Boatworks, Inc.

Project Portfolio

1931 28-foot Gar Wood

1931 28-foot Gar Wood

1955 20-foot Chris-Craft Holiday

1955 20-foot Chris-Craft Holiday

1924 26-foot Belle Isle Bearcat

1924 26-foot Belle Isle Bearcat

1941 19-foot Chris-Craft Custom

1941 19-foot Chris-Craft Custom

Nelson Boatworks Services

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8241 County Road 15 Minnetrista, MN 55359

612-508-2201 

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