Ship Repair


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.

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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.

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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.

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Down River

Fairlead's Down River team travels worldwide to repair, service and maintain the fleet.

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Trailerable Boats

Fairlead's Small Boat Shop possesses the unique ability to facilitate repairs across all trades. Fairlead has experience with Force Protection, Harbor Security, Patrol, Port Operations, Special Mission, and Search and Rescue.

Fairlead Boat Lifts and Transporter+

Fairlead Boat Lifts and Transporter

Fairlead 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’s Down River team includes experienced tradesmen in the maritime ship repair industry who are highly capable and dependable. We have a long history of performing off-site ship repair and alteration work both domestically and globally. Our Down River teams travel to sites around the world, particularly to Asia and the Middle East, as well as many port cities in the Continental United States.


Ship Repair

99 Jefferson Ave,
Newport News, VA 23607

Contact: General Inquires
Phone: 757.384.1957

Contact: Business Development
Phone: 757.384.1957


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