Fairlead Boatworks, Inc.



Since 1958, Davis Boat Works, now doing business as Fairlead Boatworks, has 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 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.



As a prime contractor for the U.S. Navy and Army IDIQ contracts, we have conducted various work packages including complete overhauls and proto-type installations on various vessels including LCUs, LCMs, MK Vs, MK IIIs, LCACs, Sea Mules, Patrol Boats, Work Boats, Push Boats, Barrier Boats, Riverine Boats, Personnel Boats, RIBs, RHIBs, STs, SLWTs, INLSs, BMs, IMs, CFPMs, WTs, YCs, YFNs, YRBMs, BCs, BGs, and BD cranes.



Commercial customers depend on Fairlead Boatworks for all of their repair and servicing needs from quick emergent repairs to complete vessel overhauls. These vessels include fishing trawlers, tug boats, barges and other larger commercial vessels of various types.


Fairlead Boatworks, provides on-site as well as off-site services to commercial and the military organizations. We perform all phases of mechanical and structural repairs. With over 800 feet of bulkhead space and 5 acres of vessel block area, we have ample room to repair your vessel.

We offer all types of marine repair, upgrades, and conversions. Whatever your particular needs are, whether maintenance and upgrades, a comprehensive conversion, or emergency repair, you can rest assured that we are uniquely equipped to handle your specific job.

We are dedicated to quality work and a realistic and accurate delivery time – every time!

Fairlead Boat Lifts and Transporter+

Fairlead Boat Lifts and Transporter

Fairlead Boatworks maintains 500-ton and 250-ton marine boat lifts, as well as a 250-ton transporter.  Our boat lifts can dock vessels up to 135′ in length with a 35′ maximum beam, enabling us to lift a wide variety of both commercial and government vessels.

Government Services+

Government Services

As a prime contractor for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, and U.S. Coast Guard, Fairlead performs a variety of projects, including complete overhauls and prototype installations.

Commercial Services+

Commercial Services

Fairlead supports all commercial vessels including fishing trawlers, tugboats, crew boats and barges with on-site and off-site services, including mechanical and structural repairs, upgrades and conversions.

Down River Services+

Down River Services

Fairlead Boatworks, ship repair and alteration services also include on-site mobilization for most jobs. Our off-site team includes experienced tradesmen in the maritime ship repair industry who are very capable and dependable. We have a long history of performing off-site ship repair and alteration work both domestically and globally. Our off-site teams have traveled to sites around the world including Asia, South America, Europe, and Puerto Rico as well as many port cities around the United States. Our customers include both commercial and government vessels of various sizes and types.



Fairlead Boatworks, Inc.

99 Jefferson Ave,
Newport News, VA 23607

Contact: Todd Babcock
Phone: 757.392.2831
Email: fbw_sales@fairleadint.com


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