"The Bassett Family has Served New England’s Boating Community for Over 68 years!"
The Bassett family boating legacy began in Springfield, MA, where Louis W. Bassett, Sr. could be found gathering nightcrawlers for sale at a small bait & tackle shop opened with wife Norma. As their bait & tackle business grew, the first “Bassett Rowboats” came into production, one of which can be seen to this day floating in Central Park, New York. With time, their four children Louis, Richard, Nancy and Diane joined them in the boating business, selling and servicing MFG and Sea Ray boats at the very dawn of fiberglass boat production.
With Louis W. Bassett, Jr. at the helm, Bassett Boat Company eventually branched out to six New England locations (Springfield MA, Ludlow MA, Westbrook CT, Stamford CT, Norwich CT, and Wakefield RI) and became one of the most successful marine retailers in the country. Richard “Dick” Bassett moved on to establish Bassett Boat of Florida, and collectively therafter, the Bassetts would become the largest Sea Ray dealers in the world. In 1993, youngest daughter Diane Bassett-Zable took the reins at Bassett Boat of New England, while Lou and wife Carol established Louis Marine, Ltd. in Westbrook CT.
Today, Lou and Carol’s three sons are truly “third generation” boat dealers. Oldest son Joe Bassett has moved west, managing Sunseeker Yacht Group of San Diego, while sons Mike and Tim run the day-to-day operations of Louis Marine Ltd. in Westbrook, CT . The Bassett family’s 65 years of boating experience translate into an extremely knowledgeable and family-oriented dealership…..a legacy that will continue for years and years to come!