Here's what some of our many happy customers have had to say about Layton's Boatworks over the years.

Super solid boat – Backwater 16′

Today I had the privilege of running a 2022 @laytonsboatworks backwater 16’ that belongs to @onlyonthefly . Super solid boat that’s perfect for the type of fishing that we both do . Plenty of storage , casting deck , compact console , power poles , and can rough through rough water when needed. Now todays bite a tough tone with Joe throwing the fly rod all day and I was switching back and forth depending on the depth.. We raised a few fish and Joe missed a massive blow up on his popper fly that we heard and felt in our seats. I picked up a pair of solid 30” fish to end the otherwise fun exciting day. – Khoa Duy Nguyen

Great repair & color match on Carolina Skiff

While fishing last December, we hit something that took a large chunk out of the bottom of my new Carolina Skiff. Took the boat by Layton’s. I was quoted a very reasonable price for the repair. What I thought was pretty bad, they didn’t seemed phased and assured me that it would be fixed correctly. When I got the boat back after the repair, I had to look at the old pics to see exactly where the damage had been because the repair was great and the color match was spot on. Thanks again and I have recommended Layton’s to friends and family. .

Steve Owens

Helping live their dreams!

Doug & April,

Thank you for helping us live our dreams. I am grateful that I get to enjoy fishing because of the amazing boat that you all make. Happy Holidays!


Eejay Lopez

Customer service was amazing!

My husband Kenneth and I can not say enough good things about Doug and his crew! My husband had a hydraulic jack plate installed and he is very happy with the installation and the boat’s performance! Customer service was amazing! Thank you Doug, we appreciate doing business with you!

Kenneth & Nicole Moore

Worth the Drive

In 2003 I had the misfortune of encountering serious damage to my Volvo Penta gas engine while tuna fishing off Montauk, NY. After nearly a month of research on engines and boat repair shops along with a trip from home in Connecticut to Edenton, NC, I decided to have Layton’s Custom Boatworks install a new Yanmar diesel engine into my boat. Despite the challenge of having my boat transported nearly 900 miles to make this repower possible, I could not have been happier.

For both Carlton and Doug Layton, this repowering project from gas to diesel of my 1996 25’ Carolina Classic was their first attempt at this jackshaft style conversion. Since my boat was done, it is my understanding that they have completed many other projects of the same nature. Eight years later I remain totally satisfied with their work, ethics, honesty and competitive pricing. Since that repower I have made a special trip to NC to have maintenance repairs made to my Volvo outdrive.

Needless-to-say, my level of comfort in their workmanship is worth my long drive, but more so my feeling of confidence in the engine’s performance when I am 50 miles offshore is priceless! To this day both Doug and Carlton are most receptive to my telephone calls when I am seeking honest advice on my engine and/or outdrive. They have always given me their undivided attention and provided me with the direction I needed.

In the event you may be considering a repowering project to be done by Layton’s Boatworks, not only would I highly recommend them but I would be most happy to provide you additional detail about my experience. Please feel free to contact me by requesting my telephone number from April Layton.

Lou Rascoe

A Great Team!

Layton’s Custom Boatwork’s has provided service for many of our customers who have needed engine repairs to their Albemarle boats.  Doug and Carlton are both always willing to help us out when we need them.  We continue to send customers with older model Albemarle’s to Layton’s who are interested in repowering their boat. Albemarle Boats and Layton’s Custom Boatworks have worked well together to serve our mutual customers and we plan to continue to work together well into the future. Congratulations on your upcoming 12 year anniversary in the marine business. We look forward to many more.

Donna Evans
Albemarle Boats Inc.

A Long Time Customer

I’ve been a customer of Layton’s Boat Works for about six years; the company has been the exclusive dealership and servicing agent for the Yanmar 6YLA – STP that’s installed in my Mainship Pilot 34. There are several other boatyards that are closer to me but because of their outstanding customer service and tecnical expertise, I have used Layton’s for all my servicing needs. Doug Layton has always been very responsive to my requests and makes the time to travel from Edenton to my marina in order to do whatever is necessary on my boat. In addition, I recently had an emergency situation while underway and Doug was immediately able to resolve the issue with me on the phone, even before I was back in my marina! The office staff, particularly April Layton, puts customer service first on their priorities and I’ve always experienced rapid response to every phone call I’ve made to the folks there. Based on my history with Layton’s, I would recommend them very highly. They are a great company to deal with.

Robert Gennings

Layton’s is very knowledgeable

I was recommended to Layton’s Boatworks when I was looking for knowledgeable people to help me survey a boat of interest in October 2010. Doug was mentioned as a very qualified and experience mechanic that was well respected in the Yanmar engine field. Doug helped me review the boat along with another certified boat surveyor. I was well satisfied with results of the inspection and when it came time to accomplish the repairs required I asked Doug for an estimate. He and Carlton helped me move the boat to Layton’s and develop a plan for repair – minus the winter weather. I am well satisfied with both the advice and work that was done and feel that Layton’s Boatworks was a big help to me as well as the work place of two knowledgeable gentlemen in the marine repair market place.

Joe Braun
WONSUN Sebastian Fl.

A Great Explanation

I recently purchased a 2002 Albemarle 247. The seller was a former Albemarle employee and has a great reputation. Knowing this, I still wanted to do due diligence and get a mechanical survey on the engine and outdrive. Since I was purchasing the boat in North Carolina , I was fortunate to be able to have the engine survey done at Layton ‘s Boatworks. How did I know about Layton ‘s? While researching and looking for the right Albemarle for over two years, I consistently heard of Layton ‘s and their solid reputation for knowledge, honesty and dependability when it came to building, servicing and repairing boats. Additionally, I was referred by Albemarle, who I chose to refit the boat once I decided to purchase it. After Doug Layton completed my survey, he took the time to explain all of the results and what they meant to him if he was purchasing the boat. Due to his sincerity, which fit in with everything else I had heard about Layton’s, I purchased the boat and chose to have Doug service the engine and outdrive bringing its maintenance up to date. I was very satisfied with the timeliness, price, and quality of the survey and work done by Layton ‘s. All of Layton ‘s work was coordinated with Albemarle and was seamless. Since running the boat in Maryland , I’ve had instances where I needed further mechanical advice due to bad fuel(ethanol) and an impeller that I burnt up. Each instance, I called Doug and he took the time to provide advice and guidance. If I ever need to do a major repair or repower of my boat, I plan to trailer it back down to North Carolina so Layton ‘s can do the work. I unquestionably recommend Layton ‘s for anyone needing work done on their boat.


A Quick Fix

After two years of hit and mostly miss experiences with local “Volvo Certified” mechanics, I finally took the advice of several Albemarle owners and towed my 247 the 4 ½ hours to Layton’s Marine. It took Doug Layton about 30 seconds to diagnose a problem that I have sunk much time and capital into correcting – kudos to the Layton team!

Capt. Dan
Bethany Beach , Delaware