Jimmy Steele working on wooden row boat
Wood carved

Smell the aroma of the eastern white cedar planks,

feel the texture of the oak frames,

and appreciate the gleam of the expertly applied finish.

The Tradition Rows on...
Peapods originated in the late 1800s as exceptionally seaworthy inshore lobster boats. More than 200 years later, the design concept endures at Downeast Peapods. Jimmy Steele built 178 of these simple yet elegant rowing boats in Maine over the course of 42 years. Only after his untimely passing at the age of 70 did production cease.

"A Jimmy Steele peapod combines form, function, and aesthetics in a package with quintessential downeast boat written all over it."


—Bill Mayher, Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors

Take Part in the Tradition
Today you can own a a brand new Downeast Peapod, for rowing or yacht tender, hand built to equivalent demanding standards, in Jimmy's former Brooklin, Maine shop, utilizing his innovative techniques, jigs, tools and equipment.