About Aurora

Located in beautiful mid-coast Maine.
Serving marine, business, and residential clients since 1997.

Aurora Sails and Canvas was founded by Will Dennett in 1997. Will began making sails at the age of 17 on the Gulf Coast of Texas. From Texas to Australia to Penobscot Bay, from a shop in the back of a barn to the present day sail loft in Rockport, Will brings his 35+ years of sail making expertise to the mid-coast. His focus in the shop is on canvas fabrication. Jen Iott joined Aurora in 1999 as a canvas fabricator focusing on cushions and interiors. Self-taught, Jen's skill and experience comes with a creative aptitude and a focus on management.

After years of building a solid reputation and a strong customer base, it was necessary to expand with additional employees and a new location. Andrew Gallison was hired in 2013 as the lead sailmaker bringing over 35 years experience. Stefan Christof came to us with a BFA in printmaking and experience in another sail loft. He is in charge of canvas service and organization and Suzanne Dunavent-White is aiding in office operations. In 2014 Aurora Sails and Canvas finished construction of their new shop space on Park Street in Rockport just up from Simonton Corner. The new shop is purpose built, centrally located and provides for easier management of sail making and large projects.

The Process

Whether coming to us through a boat yard or individually, we take time to meet with you, obtain specifications, plan the design, and choose materials. Since each job is unique, we template on the boat. Meetings available on site, at the shop or over the phone. Estimates provided on request and installation of canvas included.

We are very proud of the boats we have had the privilege to provide services and products to. Being in Midcoast Maine we are fortunate to be a part of this community of artisans. Maine is renown for its boatbuilding and craftsmanship. We continue that tradition with our canvas and sails. We have had the opportunity to do canvas work for classic boats such as Fife designed 'Sumurun', 'Belle Aventure' and 'Adventuress', Sparkman and Stephens designed 'Bolero' and 'Palawan' and unique boats such as the Steam yacht 'Cangarda', the 122' Classic Motor Yacht 'Atlantide', and educational vessels 'Spirit of Bermuda' and 'Lynx'.
We are now a North Sails affiliate increasing the size and scope of sailmaking and sail service.
As well as our individual customers we are proud of the many and varied relationships we have and continue to build with area boat yards. We work frequently with the following yards.
  • Rockport Marine
  • Front Street Shipyard
  • Lyman Morse Boatbuilding
  • Wayfarer Marine
  • Johanson Boatworks
  • Artisan Boatworks
  • Pendleton Yacht Yard
  • Dark Harbor Boatyard
  • Johns Bay Boatbuilding
  • Brooklin Boatyard
  • O'Donovan and Dole Wooden Boatbuilding
2015 will bring the addition of a satellite location at Front Street Shipyard in Belfast, Maine. With the addition of work the Front Street Shipyard has brought, having an on-site location will allow us to provide services more efficiently. Please call ahead for an appointment.

Aurora Services

Custom Canvas

Canvas design and fabrication using a variety of fabrics and Solarfix, a UV resistant thread. Working with the customer to design, build and install your dodger, bimini, enclosure, canvas covers or unique project.

Sail Making

Hand crafted sails in house from knowledgeable craftsman with over 80 years combined experince. In house we build gaff and classic sails with any range of fabrics and hand detailing to suit individual needs.

Interior and Exterior Cushions

All items are custom made using a variety of fabrics and foam. Choose from what is available or provide your own fabric.

Sail and Canvas Service

Wash, check and repair sail and canvas items. Annual waterproofing done by request. We aim to increase the longevity of your sails and canvas. Annual maintenence goes a long way in achieving that goal.

Sail Bags

In-stock and custom sail bags made from re-purposed sail-cloth.

Stainless Steel Framework

In house design and fabrication of frames for dodgers, biminis, awnings, and other. We have a selection of very qualified metalworkers through the local boatyards to work with for more elaborate framework.


We have custom fabricated deck awnings for our local schooners The Mary Day, Angelique, Lewis R. French, Stephen Taber and American Eagle. Marine, Residential and commercial. Installation of restractable awnings or design and construction of unique awnings to suit a variety of needs.


Bring your idea to us, whether its privacy screens, leatherwork, railings, interior or exterior. We thrive on creativity.



Wanted to let you know how happy we are with the cushions. We love the new fabrics and the workmanship is great. Many thanks.


The sail and bag for Gem is great. Well thought out design. Thanks for the effort.


Wanted to drop you a note and say thanks for the very nice work on the Solbian display piece and the custom 150W fold-up panel. Top notch!


Thank you for sending the pictures of the seats on Flying Novena on Christmas Eve. It was a great surprise. They look perfect! Thank you. You went above and beyond.