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Youth and Performance Sailing Experts

It's not just a slogan, it's who we are. Our staff is made of experienced sailors who have come up out of the junior, high school, and college sailing ranks to compete in the same performance sailboats we sell. We're at every major youth regatta across North America to support sailors and provide charter boats to increase participation. Our constant involvement at the top level of sailing keeps us on top of the newest and best developments in equipment, clothing and technique. Very often, that development is coming right out of our shop.

Our racing experience also helps us better serve our recreational sailing customers. Just like ski racing, the technology and techniques developed at the competitive level trickle down to make better, cheaper, easier to use equipment for every day sailors. We're here to help you sail more often, with less hassle. If you need expert advice on how to fix or better use your boat, we're the ones who can give it to you. So, give us a call!


Founded over 20 years ago by Barry Sturgis, Sturgis Boat Works has grown from a small local sail maker selling Optimist Dingies to an internationally known high performance sailboat shop representing every major performance dinghy builder. In 2001 Sturgis was purchased by Matt Wake, well known for his expertise in the Optimist and Laser classes. It was his vision to build Sturgis Boat Works into the premiere source for youth sailing boats, equipment and advice that it has become. Success in the youth sailing world soon spilled over into performance sailing as a whole, encompassing Vanguard 15’s, Laser Masters, skiff sailing and Hobie Cats. Sturgis now brings the exciting world of performance sailing to both the highest levels of international racing and the most casual of recreational sailors.


Sturgis Boat Works is located on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, but, that’s just where our store and warehouses are located. We crisscross the continent providing boats and support at national and international regattas. This has several benefits for our customers:

  • We supply VIP charter services for racing sailors.
  • Guarantees that our staff is up to date on the most cutting edge technology and techniques being used by the top performance sailors in the world.
  • Serious sailors are afforded the opportunity to buy boats from a dealer who is committed to being at all the top regattas to support them when they need it most.
  • Allows us to bring back a wealth of knowledge to our local sailors, yacht clubs and recreational sailors.

It’s the best of both worlds; a very strong local dealership and the best support for national sailors available anywhere in the world.


Our company is the product and vision of it's owner, Matt Wake. Matt learned to sail in wooden Optimists starting at 5 years old. After sailing and racing Optimists, Matt went on to race FJ's and Lasers while also competing in high level keel boat racing, mainly NA 40's and International 50's and eventually the Melges 24. His experience ranges from coaching local to international level teams, he has worked as a Program Director and Head Coach and has been a USODA National Team Coach. Matt's experience as coach, boat builder, retailer and distributor have earned him respect as a technical expert in all the boats we sell. When he’s not sailing or traveling to regattas, Matt lives on Cape Cod with his wife Julie, children Larsen and Soren, and their yellow lab Hobie (our shop dog).

Click here to email Matt Wake

Other key staff members include:

Rob Simmons - Office and Sales Manager

Becca Corliss- Bookkeeping/Website

Tommy McKenzie- Sales Manager

Click on any of the names above to send them an email!

Operating Hours

Winter Hours:
Monday - Friday: 9am to 5pm
Saturday: 9am to noon

Summer Hours (Memorial Day to Labor Day):
Monday - Friday: 9am to 6pm
Saturday: 9 to 3

We're often working early, late and even on Sundays, so we encourage you to call us at 508-778-9187.

Driving Directions

From Boston: Route 3 to Route 6 via the Sagamore Bridge. Take exit 7, left off the exit, left onto Higgins Crowell Road, through the rotary and take the first left onto Mid Tech Drive, 80 Mid Tech Dr., West Yarmouth, MA

From Rt. 6 East or West: Take exit 7, left off the exit, left onto Higgins Crowell Road, through the rotary and take the first left onto Mid Tech Drive, 80 Mid Tech Drive, West Yarmouth, MA

From Route 28: Go to West Yarmouth. From the West (Hyannis), turn Left at the lights onto Higgins Crowell Road. From the East (Dennis) turn Right at the lights onto Higgins Crowell Road. In approximately 1 mile, turn right onto Mid Tech Dr., 80 Mid Tech, West Yarmouth