About Us

"After the failure of a Detroit part, Saunders was waiting at the dock for us and jumped on the problem, no questions asked. I was impressed with Saunders attitude."Gordon Gill / M/V Never Better 55’ Hatteras Convertible
"The service writer did an outstanding job of keeping me informed on the problems and the work."Bill Morris / Bill's Frills 56' Sea Ray
"I highly appreciate the attitude of the craftsmen."Dick Cappar / Blue Sky 53' Hatteras
"Your employees are the best and truly have the owner’s best interest in mind."Rusty Bliss / Bliss 44' Defever Trawler
"I have a great relationship with management, and the guys that do the work do a great job of being friendly and helpful."Frank Lott / Proud Mary 42' Bertram
"The Saunders staff tried very hard to solve my issues and were very clear with regard to expectations."Jon Weyand / Weypoint 33' Pearson True North

About

Saunders Yachtworks is very proud of our tradition of performance and integrity. Founded in 1959, our company has long established itself as the premier marine service provider on the northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico. Saunders is a full-service operation, ready to exceed the expectations of our customers.

 

FAMILY OWNED AND OPERATED

In 1959, Saunders Engine & Equipment Company, Inc. was founded in Mobile, AL, by Andrew Saunders, Sr. From the beginning, Mr. Saunders established customer service as the primary responsibility of the company. He believed that if you “did a man a good job,” he would call you back. Today, the Saunders family is still a big part of the company. Members of the second and third generation represent the majority of company ownership and are currently active in management.

 

COMPREHENSIVE ARRAY OF CAPABILITIES

With a “Can-Do” attitude, our skilled employee group ranges from diesel service technicians to master craftsmen in marine carpentry and paint. We keep all of these skills in-house through aggressive recruiting and retention of our talented staff.

 

ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE

We believe that the natural resources provided to the boating community must be preserved and maintained. At our boatyard, we exceed all EPA requirements for effluent control and runoff elimination. Our field service team is very careful to contain all oils, coolant, refrigerant, paints or other toxic material.

 

CORPORATE SUPPORT

Saunders Yachtworks supports marine preservation and conservation through organizations whose mission it is to enhance natural marine resources. These organizations include the Coastal Conservation Association, Billfish Foundation and Nature Conservancy. We support our industry through our activity in the American Boat Builder and Repairers Association and membership in the American Boat and Yachting Council. Finally, we support our local economy through membership in the Alabama Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce.

Company Timeline

1959
Benson Specialty Company established in Mobile, Ala., to service commercial vessels.
1966
Andrew A. Saunders, Sr., named President.
1968
Renamed Saunders Engine & Equipment Company, Inc.
1975
Andrew A. Saunders, Jr., named President.
1986
Entered the specialized high-performance marine engine service market.
1990
Saunders Engine & Equipment named “Small Business of the Year” by the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce.
1991
Saunders Yacht Services started as an operational division, adding management and parts support.
1993
Saunders Yachtworks opened as a mechanical service facility in Orange Beach, Ala.
1994
Entered the full-service boatyard business with a 60-ton boat lift and a 10,000-square-foot works building.
2004
Hurricane Ivan pushed four feet of water into the boatyard and caused major damage. Employees had the boatyard operational within a week.
2007
Saunders Yachtworks becomes the sole focus of the corporation; Mobile, Ala., operation sold.
2008
Began construction of a new corporate headquarters and mechanical service shop in Gulf Shores, Ala. John Fitzgerald named as company President.
2009
Named “Boatyard of the Year” by the American Boat Builders and Repairers Association. Jim Bronstien named Chairman of the Board.
2012
Boatyard and service basin in Gulf Shores open for business. Saunders named “Business of the Year” by Alabama Gulf Coast Area Chamber of Commerce