French Broad Boatworks

American Made Since 2012

Jason Brownlee & William Evert

Asheville, North Carolina
Building custom wooden drift boats combining history with modern materials to create a sustainable, durable and beautiful water vessel.
North Carolina

Tell us about your business.

Business partners Jason Brownlee and William Evert found common ground in Asheville, NC, where their mutual passions for fly-fishing, ecology and creative carpentry served as the driving force behind French Broad Boatworks. The pair worked for years fine-tuning their current designs, now offering clients custom wooden drift boats and paddle boards in addition to guided river tours. Aided by solar charged, electric motors, these boats are ideal for fly-fishing, birding, and wildlife enthusiasts. Each vessel is hand-made with care and pride. Evert and Brownlee hope to inspire environmental stewardship and a appreciation for hand-made quality with their custom river vessels.

What makes your business stand out?

French Broad Boatworks is one of the few river boat companies in the U.S locally building custom wooden river boats on the east coast. The addition of the electric Torqeedo motor makes our product not only efficient but environmentally sound. Each boat and paddle board is made with the highest quality materials. We take pride in every step of the building process.

What's the best business advice you've received?

Do not sacrifice quality...for any reason, ever.

Mark Your Calendar

  • Nominations
    June 3–Aug. 29, 2014

    Nominate yourself or other aspiring makers.

  • Judging
    June 23–Sept. 8, 2014

    Judges will select finalists throughout this period.

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  • Online Voting
    Sept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014

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  • Winners Announced
    Oct. 17, 2014

    2014 Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.

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  • American Made Event
    Nov. 7–8, 2014

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