“It started with my father’s wish to get off the ocean,” says co-founder Peter Walker. “He’d been a commercial fisherman most of his life, and was getting along in years. He decided it was time to find something on land.”

As JFK swept into Washington, issuing in a new era of hope and optimism, the fledgling business threw open it’s doors in 1961. Almost immediately, they started selling Boston Whaler boats. Now iconic, Whaler itself had started only three years prior.

Farber came onboard shortly thereafter. He started in 1966, a time when the company, still called Nauset Auto and Marine, operated out of an old garage and sold boats and gasoline, maintained local truck fleets, even fixed lawn mowers. “You did what you had to do,” says Farber of those early days as the humble company scuffled to meet the needs of a smaller, more seasonal Cape Cod.

As Nauset has grown, Farber has grown with it. “It’s the only job I’ve ever had,” he says. Even as CEO, he still comes to work every day at 5 a.m. and manages to talk to every one of the 50-plus employees during his 12-hour shift.

In 1975, Nauset Marine began building their own boats. Today, they offer custom yachts from their Nauset 25 up to the Nauset 38—boats that have earned a reputation for reliability and sea-worthy lines.

The boats are truly made to customer specifications using custom joinery and few if any molded parts. Each Nauset is a monument to the sweet spot between the owner’s desires and the builder’s craftsmanship.

In addition to their own Nauset line, the company frequently completes other boats. “We’ve had people bring in a Duffy, and we’ve finished it off for them,” says Farber of adding onboard luxuries to bare hull designs, or as he says, “turning workboats into pocket yachts.”

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Rob Conery is a freelance writer and a frequent contributor to Cape Cod Life Publications.

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