Dickerson Harbor: Evolution of Skills and Standards
Since they couldn’t easily call it by the names of all the many skilled craftsmen who had made boat building a career, this property became Dickerson Harbor. Thanks to Tom Lucke, Ernie Tucker, Howard, Bob, Billy, and Jimmy Lippincott, Bruce Farr, and Ted Reed, the right skills flourished here. When OYA became associated with Dickerson Harbor, these skills were combined with OYA’s experience with the Grand Banks yachts standards of quality, construction, engineering, craftsmanship, and systems. These skills and standards that were developed in Trappe and Oxford thrive today at Dickerson Harbor.
The lead painter and fiberglass technician at Dickerson Harbor started as a teenager at Chesapeake Marine Industries. He was also a crew for Bob Lippincott on his Star Boats in his younger days. The Stephens 49 shown here received a refit at Dickerson Harbor in 2020.
When OYA began operations at Dickerson Harbor, a Dickerson 37’ was under construction. Some of the craftsmen from Dickerson Boat¬builders and Chesapeake Marine Industries remained to staff Dickerson Harbor under the leadership of Oxford Yacht Agency.
Combined with the talented boat service staff from Oxford, the last Dickerson 37 was completed. She was commissioned alongside a new Grand Banks 42 Classic. We launched the last Dickerson boat for a delighted custo¬mer from Manchester, Maine, who successfully took this boat transatlantic.