Hilford Burton was born in Halifax Nova Scotia, Canada. At 12 years of age his father bought him a boat and said, “Fix it and it's yours to keep”. That was the start of a life long passion for wooden boats. Hilmark Boats Inc. is the result of that passion, located on Vancouver Island, Canada. We build 16 different models of boats as well as specializing in researching designs and creating boats that meet our customer's wishes.
We enjoy unlimited natural wood supplies and are committed to traditional , historically accurate methods of construction. Lapstrake or clinker built construction is our specialty. Our worldwide shipping program has delivered boats to Europe, Alaska, Canada, all areas of the continental USA, the Caribbean, and contracts are being started for Australia, Turkey, and the Ukraine. Yacht tenders, day sailers, and row boats, constructed the way our great grandfathers built them, last for many decades and are the boat of choice for those who desire a classic boating experience.
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"Attention to detail is the main thing that strikes you when looking at a Hilmark boat. In a world where "close enough" has become the motto of the age, Hilford Burton is a perfectionist. His skill and pride of craftsmanship is evident in the every detail of his work. The result is a boat that is a work of art."