MEREDITH — Shep Brown's Boat Basin has been providing services for Lake Winnipesaukee boaters ever since 1919, making it one of the oldest marinas in the entire state.
Located on Meredith Neck, the full-service marina provides complete on-the-water facilities including new and used boat sales, service and parts, a ship's store with clothing and accessories, a fuel dock, pump-out services slips, a public boat launch as well as valet service and winter storage for 600 boats.
It also provides boat rentals as well as a cottage rental service and brokerage boat sales.
Charity Littlefield, who along with her husband Bill Littlefield, Jr., have owned Shep Brown's since 2002, says that its best-selling boat line is the iconic Boston Whaler, which is offered in a wide variety of models ranging from 13 foot SuperSports up to the new 42 foot-long Outrage.
Littlefield says that Boston Whaler has acquired a reputation for its seaworthiness and that for many years the company has sawed boats in half to illustrate their durability, performance, smooth ride and "unsinkability".
A 1961 Life magazine ad pictured Boston Whaler owner and developer Dick Fisher sitting in a floating 13' Whaler with a crosscut saw halfway through the hull. After the cut was completed, Fisher used the stern section to tow the bow section back to shore. Modern Whaler advertising uses a chain saw. Due to the foam core construction, the Whaler will remain afloat when sawed completely in half. Boston Whaler boats also remain afloat when completely swamped . Because of these attributes, Boston Whaler's trademarked sales line is "the unsinkable legend".
Littlefield says that the Shep Brown's also has very active sales with it's line of Xcursion pontoon boats, which offer both luxury and convenience for those seeking long, fun afternoons on the lake.
Shep Brown's Boat Basin II, located near Patrick's Pub in Gilford, is the Gilford showroom for Shep Browns and is filled with a wide variety of Boston Whalers.
Shep Brown's has a new partner to help service southern New Hampshire, Granite State Boatworks in Milford, which was founded in 1994 and is convenient to Nashua, Manchester, Northern Mass., and coastal New Hampshire.
Boston Whalers, famed for being unsinkable, are the best selling boats at Shep Brown's Boat Basin. (Roger Amsden photo for the Laconia Daily Sun)
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