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Traverse City, MI

(231) 342-3447

Old Mission Boat Company manufactures and sells wooden boat kits and boatbuilding supplies.  Our kits make it easy for anyone to build their very own wooden boat.  Our exclusive Liquid Stitch construction technique drastically speeds up construction over traditional boat building methods and gets you enjoying the water sooner.


Old Mission Boat Company

Old Mission Boat Company was founded in 2014 by father and son team Al and Kurt Jankowski with the goal to make boatbuilding accessible to everyone through easy to build wooden boat kits.

Welcome to the Old Mission Boat Company website!  OMBC is a family-owned business located in Traverse City, MI.  We specialize in designing and producing high quality wooden boat kits that make it easy for aspiring boat builders to hand craft a beautiful wooden boat of their own.    

Our precision-cut kits make it possible for anyone to build a boat.  You don't need a big tool collection, a fancy wood shop, or any past woodworking experience.  With an OMBC kit, virtually all of the cutting is complete so you simply need to snap the pieces together and apply the glue and finish.  The construction process is easy to follow with detailed instruction manuals as well as step-by-step videos available on YouTube.  

While the instructions are easy for anyone to follow, we also offer classes to help guide you along the way.  In our classes, each participant constructs their own boat which they take home at the end of the class.  We are there to demonstrate and assist with every step as well as provide helpful hints gained from years of wooden boatbuilding experience.  An OMBC class is also a great way to meet new people in the community who share the same interest in boating and boatbuilding as you.  We currently offer classes in Traverse City, but if you are interested in holding a class in your own community please contact us.

At OMBC, we want you to enjoy boatbuilding as much as we do, so we have specifically designed our kits to assemble very quickly and easily.  To do this, we developed a new construction technique we call Liquid Stitch™.  With this method, you can see your boat take shape over a weekend, rather than the weeks or months required with traditional boatbuilding techniques.  Our exclusive Liquid Stitch™ method gets you to the most important phase of boat construction fast: the first launch!

Please browse the website and check out our first boat kit available for purchase: the Boardman 14 Stand-Up Paddleboard.  Our collection is always expanding as we design and prototype new boats.  More stand-up paddleboards, kayaks, sailboats, rowing boats, and powerboats are all in the works, so check back regularly to see what's new and see below to sign-up for our mailing list.

Thanks for visiting,

Al and Kurt

Next Class: October 27, 2017

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Featured Product

SUP Paddle Kit

Our SUP Paddle Kit includes all of the materials you need to construct your own wooden SUP paddle.  Wooden paddles are not only a beautiful companion for your SUP, but are typically much lighter than plastic or aluminum paddles.

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