Our History

Goldsmith’s Boat Shop, Inc. is a full service marina that has a long and storied past that dates back over 95 years. Alvah Goldsmith established Goldsmith’s Boat Shop in 1923, and it has been in the family ever since. From its humble beginnings in the back of a garage, Goldsmith’s Boat Shop has grown to successfully serve our large community.

Goldsmith’s Boat Shop became an Evinrude dealer in 1923. Alvah Goldsmith purchased his first Elto Motor in 1922. He wrote an enthusiastic letter to Ole Evinrude regarding the Elto Motor he had purchased. He received a letter back from Ole Evinrude asking if he would like to be the representative in the area. At the time, the only thing Alvah had to do to be a dealer was to purchase another motor for display. Despite his father’s protests, Alvah purchased another motor, and sold them off the front porch of his home in Peconic; and the rest is history. In 1931, Alvah relocated his shop, and built a marina from the ground up, at Founder’s Landing in Southold.

Goldsmith’s Boat Shop, Inc. also played a vital role in the history of the United States. During World War II, Goldsmith’s Boat Shop built plane re-arming boats for the US Navy from our Founder’s Landing location. During the height of the war, fourty eight men worked day and night to build 138 plane re-arming boats ranging in size from 25 – 33 feet, contributing a small, but vital, piece to the war effort. In 1947, Alvah purchased an old brick yard located on Mill Creek in Southold, and created another marina. The old chimney from the days of the brick yard still stands tall today. In July 1976, Boating Industry Magazine concluded a survey that named Goldsmith’s Boat Shop, “Oldest Continuously Operating U.S. Pleasure Boating Dealership.” In 1984, we were recognized by Evinrude as the “Nation’s Oldest Evinrude Dealer.”

Goldsmith’s Boat Shop, Inc. is a full-service marina that has everything to satisfy your boating needs. Our location on more than sixteen acres along Mill Creek in Southold offers over 110 slips in the water for boats up to 33 feet in length. We are centrally located around great cruising destinations like Greenport, Shelter Island, and Sag Harbor. Some of the best fishing destinations are right on our doorstep. Other great fishing spots like Plum Gut, The Race, and Montauk are only a short cruise away.


Whether you are an avid fishermen, or a recreational boater, we have the right boat for you. We are Eastern Long Island’s premiere dealer for Scout Boats, offering world class luxury models from 17′ to 53′. Stop by our dealership to Discover More… We are authorized dealers for Achilles Inflatable Boats, DuraNautic aluminum boats, and Load Rite Trailers. We are also full-line Evinrude and Yamaha outboard motor dealers. If you are looking for a new boat, or to re-power your current boat, Goldsmith’s Boat Shop is your one-stop shop.

Our service department offers complete maintenance on all major brands of outboards and inboard/outboards with our factory trained and certified technicians. We are an authorized service center for Evinrude and Yamaha outboards. Our technicians are some of the best, and most well trained, in the industry. We are extremely proud and fortunate to have technicians who have achieved the status of Master Technician with Evinrude, as well as Advanced Technician status with Yamaha. Our dock side lift, forklifts, and hydraulic trailer are capable of handling boats up to 33 feet in length. At our service department, you can trust that your boat and motor are in the very capable hands of professionals who have the latest training and equipment available in the industry.

We have a full line of Evinrude / Johnson parts and accessories, as well as a full line of Yamaha parts and accessories, available in our parts department. Our ship store carries everything from Coast Guard equipment and water sports to engine parts and electronics. Our fuel dock is open 7 days a week with 89 octane fuel available for your convenience. We have everything you need to outfit your boat and spend more time on the water.

Goldsmith’s Boat Shop, Inc. has been recognized as a leader in the boating industry for over 95 years! Time and time again, we have been awarded service excellence awards as well as outstanding sales awards. But our greatest accomplishment is the relationships that we have built with our customers throughout the years. We pride ourselves on customer service. Our customer’s are an extension of our family; and it is that customer loyalty that has enabled us to remain in business for 90 years and become the Oldest Continuous Marine Dealership in the USA.