Fairlead boatworks

Covering Every Aspect of Marine Repair

About Our Company

Since its humble beginnings in 1958, Davis Boat Works, now doing business as Fairlead Boatworks, has serviced thousands of commercial boats and vessels for various kinds of repair, fabrication, and alteration needs. In addition to the work provided for commercial clients, we have serviced hundreds of various boats, vessels, and barges for the US Army, US Coast Guard, and the US Navy.

Today, Davis Boat Works, doing business as Fairlead Boatworks, employs over 100 highly-skilled tradesmen and administrative personnel and is a premier East Coast marine repair facility that provides invaluable services to both commercial and military organizations, as well as state, city and county firefighting, police and rescue vessels used on the waterways. Located at the mouth of the James River, right off of Interstate 664 in Newport News, we are easily accessed by both land and sea. In addition, we have performed multiple off-site ship repair work globally traveling to sites in Asia, South America, Europe, and Puerto Rico as well as many sites within the United States.

Fairlead Boatworks is a member of the National Association of Manufacturers, Hampton Roads Maritime Association, Virginia Ship Repair Association, Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, and the Propeller Club, Port of Norfolk.


Our purpose and vision is to provide invaluable services to both the government and commercial maritime communities. We have grown, and will continue to grow our company to meet the increasing and complex demands of the maritime community in the overhaul, restoration, preservation, fabrication, conversion, maintenance, and repair work of their vessels.


For over fifty years we have been a premier east coast marine vessel repair facility providing invaluable services to commercial and military organizations. It is our mission to satisfy the needs of our customers with the highest standards in quality of work and business practices. We will strive for continuous improvement in quality while meeting our goals to keep the company profitable. We will conduct our business with integrity, responsibility, and the utmost regard for employee safety.

We are proactive in adhering to Federal, State and Local requirements as pertaining to the safety and health of our employees and the protection of the environment. We strive to improve our environmental processes and procedures with a goal of setting the highest standard for any ship repair facility in the state.