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.
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 Canada 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
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!
Selling The Business
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 story 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 21st 1995, at 46, Phil died suddenly when 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. Sons Cory and Randy finished the boats they had started, and began taking new orders.
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, Tobago, and Portugal.
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 alike, 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 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 is sailing Keeper from Escuminac, NB to her home 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!