Thirty-five years ago, George Rossiter decided he didn’t want to be a doctor, like his parents, or a fast-track business whiz, like most of his friends. He wanted to build boats. And stubbornly, that’s what he did. He built streamlined rowing boats, skiffs, yacht tenders, and shells for customers around the world. But he didn’t stop there, in 2001 he introduced his first outboard powerboat, the Rossiter 14, which has become renowned as “the softest, driest riding powerboat in its class”. And having built a reputation for style, performance, and fit and finish second-to-none, Rossiter Boats decided to respond to the market’s request for a runabout with the same classic look, quality, and unbeatable soft, dry ride in big water that we’re know for … but with just a little more room and horsepower.
So in 2011 the Rossiter 17 Classic Runabout and Centre Console models with self-draining cockpits, a rare find for a runabout were born. So whether you want the wind in your hair, or the protection of a full windshield and canvas, the new Rossiter 17 outboard powerboats gives you the stability, performance and sea-keeping characteristics customers expect from a bay boat.
Our customers also have the peace of mind that a Rossiter rowboat or powerboat is made to last generations, using composite materials for its stringers, floors, and bulkheads, and keeping wood for the finishing touches only, where it can be enjoyed, not worried about.
Not everybody knows of Rossiter of course, as there will never be a lot of Rossiter rowboats or powerboats on the lakes, rivers, bays and oceans because they will always be made slowly and carefully by hand for each customer. And yet there are a few available today to experience at select dealers, and one can be made to meet your needs, reasonably quickly and on budget.