70 Years of past down experience!
The First Guimond Boat
Philias Guimond built his own wooden boat for fishing lobster.
Back in those days, there was no electricity in Escuminac. Philias engineered and built many of his own tools and equipment such as a band saw that ran off a 6 – cylinder Chevy engine.
All shaping was done by axe , draw knife, and hand plane while holes were bored by brace and bit with steel augers. He softened the ribs in a wood fired steam box.
Philias’s craftsmanship triggered interest from local fishermen.
For a few years, he built boats each summer in a field behind the homestead. The harbor situated across the road was soon filled of 38’ boats with only a 9’ beam and 5’ transom.
Most were driven by a 6-cylinder Chevy engine, and would make about 15 knots.
Building Boats at a Young Age
At only 13 years old, Philias Jr. (Phil) began building boats with his father.
The Second Generation
At 20, Phil took over the boat building business.
Phil now had his own licenses to fish lobster, salmon, and ground fish. He built boats in the evenings, on storm days, and throughout the winter.
Over the next two decades he developed the traditional hull design into what became the “Miramichi” hull known for its flared bow.
In the winter of 71’/72’ Phil built himself one of the largest fishing in the fleet measuring 45’. Uncommon to the area at this time, the V bottom named Miramichi Pride was powered by twin 454 Chevy gas engines. She was the fastest around and hard to catch!
Miramichi Pride was the first wooden boat in Atlantic to have a flared-out bow stem. At the drop of a hat it caught the eye of many, and became a Guimond trademark.
To Fish or Build
A new ridiculous Canadian law forced Phil, the fisherman and entrepreneur, to decide whether to fish or own a business, but he could not do both.
It was hard to let go, but his decision was soon made clear.
Phil’s First Fiberglass Boat – Miramichi 40
The 40’ hull seemed too big for many local fishermen. The Miramichi 38 hull mold was designed with a sleek entry and with more flare. She only had a 12’ beam tapering to a 9’ transom, but her sharp turning and shallow draft made it great for fishing the shoals. They sold like hotcakes!
To fill the gap between the 25′ and 38′, Phil designed a beamy 31’ hull with a near 13’ beam and 10’ transom.
It was available in both a lobster style and as a pleasure cruiser.
Pumping them Out
In a combination of 25’, 31’, 38’, 40’ hulls, the crew built a total of 50 boats in only 48 weeks.
The Sale of all Boat Molds
After a few years fighting a chemical sensitivity illness, Phil decided to sell the boat business, and began building modular homes. Where he would be less exposed to fumes and odors.
He finished his last fiberglass boat to run charters on the Miramichi river. This modified Miramichi 31 measured 39’ and would bear the name “Miss Miramichi”.
Those were the words Phil would often use when telling his stories about building wooden boats, to then fiberglass boats, to homes, and back to wooden boats.
Local fisherman Jackie Gregan wanted a new wooden boat built and was persistent, to say the least!
Phil finally agreed and decided to go back to what he knew best…. Build boats!
This is when the third generation took flight. Phil’s youngest son Cory at 19, fresh out of electrical college was eager to forget his new trade and to walk in his father’s boat building footsteps.
Working 80+ hours per week was a start in the right direction!
Cory continued to remain focused on building hulls, their structure, and cabins. Together, the duo finished two boats and had a start on two others.
Eldest son, Randy joined the team later that year. At 25 years old, he had previously worked in the fiberglass boat business and was knowledgeable with the installation of engines, hydraulics, electrical and other mechanics.
On January 21 st 1995, Phil died suddenly,after being struct by a dump trailer at the workplace.
The loss of one of the finest and well-respected builders and fishermen in the industry was felt throughout.
His legacy will never be forgotten, brothers Cory and Randy continued finishing the boats they started and taking new orders.
Continuing the Legacy
After 18 months of building wooden boats, the brothers agreed that they if they were to make go of it, they had to get back into building fiberglass.
Within 8 months the wooden plug was built, the mold was cast, a hull was built with molded cabin, powered, and ready to fish by May, 1997.
Export Became the Business
Since 1997, business had grown tenfold. Sales were made up of 75% exports, and boats were being shipped all over the USA, even as far as Alaska and Hawaii.
Other boats were sold to Puerto Rico, Portugal, Tobago, and other parts of the world.
When not building boats, Cory would be attending trade shows and growing markets. Already, 80 Guimond 45s had been finished in-house and sold.
The New MILLENNIUM
There was a growing demand for larger boats. Widening, raising, and stretching the Guimond 45 was often required. When it came to build new molds and buy new facilities, the brothers didn’t see things the same, and decided to part ways.
Cory became 100% owner of the boat building operation, from this point on known as Millennium Marine.
Randy continued to be a valuable employee for a few more years into 2006.
Randy later moved on to be a successful Production Manager at a large milk and dairy plant before moving on to an even higher position in the peat business.
“Keeper” – 46’ Patrol Boat
Definitely our most watched video, Keeper was built as a patrol boat for the state of Rhode Island.
In this photo, Cory sailing the boat from NB all the way to her new port in Warwick, RI.
Cory – “She held a true 20 knots from Clarks Harbour, NS to Cape Cod. Sailing through rough seas stirred up by Hurricane Igor”.
Move to the U.S.
Facing harder and harder times finding workers in Canada, and with a vision to grow a charter boat market that requires a US built hull, Cory ceased operations in Canada and incorporated Millennium Marine USA.
Our focus remains on product development, new markets, increased workforce, and new production locations around the globe!