Our Mission

Since 1958, Davis Boat Works has been a premier east coast marine vessel repair facility, which provides invaluable services to both commercial and military organizations. It is our mission to satisfy our customers’ needs in a profitable manner while regarding quality of product and performance paramount to our success. We will conduct our business with integrity, responsibility, and the utmost regard for our employees’ well being.

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


Company Profile

In 1958, Mr. R. K. Davis, an area tugboat owner, founded Davis Boat Works. Initially, Davis Boat Works started as a business to complement his tugboat company's repairs. However, after realizing the need for better repair servicing needs for area commercial boat companies and fishing boats, R. K. Davis expanded its operations to offer the area one of its first complete boat repair facilities.

After, R. K. Davis’ death, the company was then run by Mrs. Janet Davis Mayhew and her husband Mr. T. O. Mayhew for several decades. Over this span of time, the Mayhews helped solidify Davis Boat Works’ reputation for producing quality ship repair work. In 1996, Davis Boat Works was purchased by Mr. F. W. Wagner.

Since its humble beginnings in 1958, Davis Boat Works 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, Davis Boat Works has serviced hundreds of various boats, vessels, and barges for the Army, Coast Guard, and Navy.

Today, Davis Boat Works 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. 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, Davis Boat Works has performed 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.

Davis Boat Works is a member of the National Association of Manufacturers, Hampton Roads Maritime Association, Virginia Ship Repair Association, Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, and the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce.


Contact Information

  • 757-247-0101
  • 800-543-8329 (business customers only)

  • 757-244-7866

  • 99 Jefferson Ave., Newport News, VA 23607

  • General Information & Questions: info@davisboat.com
  • Inflatable Boats (Zodiac) Information & Questions: info@davisboatinflatables.com


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