Commodore’s Boats Ltd and owner Bo Spiller have been featured on many occasions in magazines, newspapers, video, web sites and other media over the years. The following are some examples of some of that publicity.

On many occasions such as the Yukon News web article, it was to feature a particular boat project (M. V. Dorothy) and in other instances such as the Vancouver Province it is to feature Commodore’s entire craft and history.

Commodore’s Boats appreciates the publicity as it strengthens the Commodore’s brand and we welcome any opportunity to showcase our trade. For more information on any of our current or past projects or to schedule an appointment please call our office at (604)247-2628 or (604) 24-7-BOAT.

Thank you for your interest and enjoy the following publicity Commodore’s Boats has received.

Professional Boat Builders Magazine


Number 167 June/July 2017 – 12 page feature article

“Commodore’s Boats – Old Ways and Innovation” by Shelley McIvor

This Vancouver shipyard specializes in restoring and refitting large wooden boats by preserving the tools and skills of the past – and incorporating modern materials.

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Nauticapedia Article

Spiller_Bo_webBo Spiller is a young shipwright operating Commodore’s Boats in Richmond. He has already accumulated a colourful history in and around boats. He has learned his skills through the “hands on method” directly from established shipwrights and from developing his own techniques. Now he has been taking on large rebuilds and has a thriving repair and restoration business.

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 The Vancouver Province

maple-leaf-smallshipcruise1In 2014 The Vancouver Province ran an article along side the video – The art of wooden-boat restoration.

The painstaking work that goes behind restoring a wooden vessel at Commodore’s Boats in Richmond, B.C.

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The Richmond News

Maple Leaf and Swell

Trio of historical vessels grace Richmond dry dock

Wooden boats with a colourful past included a tugboat who appeared in The Beachcombers TV show and a 112-year-old schooner which entertained the rich and famous

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Pacific Fishing Magazine

Pacific FishingMay 2016 – Wooden boat specialist Commodore’s Boats in Richmond, British Columbia, was busy over the winter with a number of commercial fishing vessels…

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The Spirit of Chemainus

colour1Alec Spiller’s interpretation of a Glousterman Sloop design “The Spirit of Chemainus” was featured in multiple pages of the “B.C. Ferries Exploring British Columbia’s Coastal Waterways”…

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The National Fisherman, 177

national-fisherman-articleSpiller is a young boat builder with some old-fashioned ideas. One of these ideas is that you are successful in the boat building business by working hard; the other idea is that wood boats make the best boats…

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Western Fish and Seafood Magazine Article

wm-aug10pg28The Spiller brothers always seem to have interesting building and restoration projects underway, and this Spring is no exception, with several jobs ongoing in a variety of materials, including a stem to stern restoration on a classic wood tug for Harken Towing…

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Western Mariner

viking-king_thumbThe decks, fore and aft, on their 1921-built, wood tug, the Viking King, were leaking so Dorothy and Ken Mackenzie gave Bo Spiller of Commodore’s Boats a call. Initially there to assess caulking up the deck seams, Bo quickly discovered…

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Yukon News


Champagne popped, bison burgers flipped and live music flowed as dozens of politicians, First Nation leaders and business dignitaries appeared to toast the return of a humble Yukon pioneer.

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