WoodenBoat Show Tribute Dinner

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Boatbuilder George Luzier is a native of Sarasota, Florida. He was born in 1924, and built his first boat, a small daysailer, at age 11. Ten years later he graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York, and then immediately went on to serve as a chief mate in the Merchant Marine during World War II. After the War, he hung out his shingle as a professional boatbuilder, and never looked back. At age 92, he is still building.

George’s most recent boat is an outboard-powered fast launch that will be at the WoodenBoat Show, and his largest is a 51′ ketch. He has built hundreds of boats, ranging from daysailers to outboard skiffs to cruising sailboats. Several of his boats are cherished by longtime owners, including the 39′ 1967 John Alden-designed ketch HORIZON of Castine, Maine.

At this year’s WoodenBoat Show, we honor George with a Lifetime Achievement Award. He is unable to join us for the presentation, but his latest boat—and her owner—intend to be there, to pay tribute to this legendary builder.

Dana Hewson

Dana Hewson saw an employment ad in WoodenBoat magazine for a shipkeeper at Mystic Seaport. That was 39 years ago. By the late 1980s, he had become the director of the shipyard and curator of watercraft. A few years later he was named vice president for watercraft preservation and programs. Hewson played an integral role in some of the most notable projects the museum has taken on, including the restoration of the whaling ship Charles W. Morgan and the construction of the replica of the Amistad.

The WoodenBoat Show staff has worked closely with Dana and his staff over the years producing the shows at Mystic Seaport. We are thrilled to honor and thank him for his dedication to Mystic Seaport and the WoodenBoat Show.


WoodenBoat Show Tribute Dinner Honorees:

  • 2017 — George Luzier & Dana Hewson
  • 2016 — Chesapeake Light Craft
  • 2015 — Richard S. Pulsifer
  • 2014 — WoodenBoat Magazine’s 40th Anniversary
  • 2013 — Steve White (Brooklin Boat Yard) & Taylor Allen (Rockport Marine)
  • 2012 — Ross Gannon & Nat Benjamin (Gannon & Benjamin Marine Railway)
  • 2011 — Lance Lee
  • 2010 — Iain Oughtred
  • 2009 — William, John, and Pat Atkin
  • 2008 — Multi-hull Pioneers
  • 2007 — Phil Bolger



Read more about George Luzier in the
Sept/Oct 1985 issue of WoodenBoat.