John Scarano's first boat was a laminated paper World War II era bomber fuel tank. After adding a mast, the 10 year-old set out on Kinderhook Lake in Upstate New York (top right).
Those formative years on the lake, which included boat maintenance of various craft, including a motorboat built by his grandfather, and the subsequent creation and operation of an International 14 sailboat repair service in 1971, led to what is now one of the region's major boat building companies, employing dozens of experienced and skilled craftsmen in a 90,000 square foot facility on the west bank of the Hudson River.
In 1986 John, joined by his brother Rick, incorporated Scarano Boat Building as they built their first Coast Guard certified passenger carrying vessel, the 65 foot Dutch Apple II.
Five years later they moved into their current facility in the Port of Albany where they began to build bigger vessels, eventually landing the commission to build the replica schooner America, now owned and sailed by America's most famous sailor, Dennis Conner, who calls that John Scarano design his favorite boat of all time.
In the past 25 years Scarano Boat Building has designed and built more than 30 passenger carrying vessels from 30 to over 140 feet in length, which have carried over 2 million passengers in over 120,000 excursions without any mishaps or deficiencies.
Today Scarano Boat Building is the premier builder of historic replica canal boats, operational replica vessels and passenger carrying sail and power vessels in the United States.
A Scarano designed and built boat is a recognized asset, which realizes continued value in the ensuing years.