Interested in joining our team?

Moving past our 40 year milestone in the boat building industry, Van Dam Custom Boats combines a commitment to legacy craftsmanship and a passion to be the best boat builder in the world with an unmatched, lifetime guarantee*. We are seeking like-minded individuals willing to help us raise the bar of excellence.

Located in beautiful Boyne City, Michigan on the shores of Lake Charlevoix, you will find four seasons of adventure. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy boating and fishing on

our many inland lakes and rivers as well as on the Great Lakes. Every snow activity imaginable is available at our three area ski resorts while biking, hiking, and camping are right in our back yard.

If you feel you have what it takes to work with the best of the best, we would love to hear from you. Explore the positions below for more detailed information. Tell us a bit about yourself by submitting a cover letter of interest as well as a resume of your experiences and work history.


Health/Dental Insurance

A premium health insurance plan, including dental coverage, is provided at no cost to employees


A 3% Safe Harbor contribution is provided for each employee, regardless of plan participation


Paid time off provided after 30 of days employment

Profit Sharing

We promote a team focused, results driven culture and share the benefits this brings to our financial bottom line

Open Book Management

The entire team is provided relevant company financial information so as to be directly involved in driving company efficiencies and successes

Tuition Assistance

Consideration will be given to fund any continuing education or training that aligns with/furthers team goals


Workwear is supplied and an annual, Van Dam branded clothing allowance is provided

Living Wages

Commensurate with experience and willingness to learn and contribute

After Hours Use Of Shop & Company Tools

Personal projects are fulfilling and can also expand skill sets – we are excited to support both


Treat others the way you want to be treated.

Be aware of your words and actions when interacting with customers, co-workers, friends and family.

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cultural fundamentals


To be the best, there must be a commitment to a common purpose; a team that puts the good of the whole at the forefront of every action. Learn more about the culture behind the craft.

Current Openings

Van Dam Custom Boats is seeking a talented, energetic and motivated addition to the team. Applicants must have at least six years of cold molded boat building and woodworking experience. Any experience with related trades such as metalworking, finishing and mechanical systems are a plus.

You will be contributing to the world’s finest, one-of-a-kind wooden boat projects alongside a focused and dedicated team of experienced craftspeople. We have an expansive shop with state-of-the-art equipment and a culture that supports our team and our mission. The current backlog stretches into 2021 and includes clients from around the globe, waiting to build their dream.

Professional and personal growth opportunities in the areas of project leadership, build management and technical knowledge are available – and it is expected that you will participate and take an active and aggressive role in your growth.  And in case you missed them, we live our Cultural Fundamentals everyday – you can review them HERE.

This position is offered as full-time, year ’round employment. We provide a generous compensation and benefits package for experience, positive attitude, problem solving skills and a willingness to learn Van Dam methods.

Van Dam Custom Boats is accepting applications for its Apprenticeship Program. It’s not an easy program, but if you are focused on becoming your best self and want to join a team of like-minded individuals who are intent on building the world’s finest wooden boats, this is the place for you. Supported and guided by an incredible team, you will join a rich company culture comprised of some of the finest craftsmen in the world.Not everyone will make the grade and we look for those who are passionate about creating, have a drive to be the best, and have the vision and tenacity to excel during the learning process. We expect a great deal of effort from our apprentices.  In return you will be offered a paid position with benefits and generous wage increases throughout the apprenticeship. 

Upon completion of the program you will be offered additional opportunities for your continued growth in both wage and position. And in case you missed them, we live our Cultural fundamentals everyday – you can review them HERE.


A remarkable

“What started off as a dream to sail around the world in a boat we built ourselves, gradually changed into a vision to ensure the future of craftsmanship. Van Dam Custom Boats was born.” – Steve Van Dam

A Brand New

In keeping with the Cultural Fundamentals of the company, importance is placed on the efficient, effective and orderly flow of the work day. Continuous improvement includes our surroundings.

Van Dam building exterior photo.
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