“The Bassett Family has Served New England’s Boating Community for Over 75 years!”
Louis Marine offers you a proud heritage that can help ensure that you find the right boat for your needs.
Whether you want to fish in a quiet spot, water ski, or cruise around with friends, we have the boat you want. Please read a bit about our company’s history and stop by to see us. We’re conveniently located in Westbrook, CT and serve most of New England and New York.
The Bassett family boating legacy began in Springfield, MA, where Louis W. Bassett, Sr. could be found gathering night crawlers 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 then co-founded Marine Max. Collectively thereafter, 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, with the help of their sons Tim and Mike Bassett.
Today, Louis Marine is owned and run by Mike Bassett, continuing the long line of excellence.
The Bassett family’s 75 years of boating experience translate into an extremely knowledgeable and family-oriented dealership..a legacy that will continue for years and years to come!