With steady activity coming from the marine industry, Dorchester County has become increasingly known as the “boat building capital of South Carolina.”

A History Anchored in the Marine Industry

Dorchester County’s marine cluster flourishes due to its convenient location near the Atlantic Coast, an impressive boat-building success story, and a notable transportation network. Home to companies like Scout Boats, Sportsman Boats, and Key West Boats, Dorchester County has what it takes for boat manufacturers to make a splash in the Charleston Region.


Marine Fast Facts


Concentration of boat manufacturers in SC are in Dorchester County

$6.5 Billion

Annual economic impact in SC


Registered boats in SC

Industry Spotlight

Phenom Yachts

Phenom Yachts announced in 2022 plans to establish operations in Dorchester County where they will design and manufacture family-friendly, high-performing, premium center console yachts. Using cutting-edge building processes and materials, Phenom Yachts’ performance-stepped hulls offer superior performance for offshore fishing while maintaining a family-oriented layout.