Rocheport man is winemaker by day, boat builder by night

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 8:42 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Drew Lemberger stands by his first handmade boat June 24 at his workshop in Rocheport. Lemberger is refinishing his boat that he built more than 10 years ago when he first began building wooden boats.

ROCHEPORT — As a winemaker and a boat builder, Drew Lemberger knows how to craft raw materials into something new.

Lemberger works at Les Bourgeois Winery and Vineyards by day and handcrafts wooden boats for his business Missouri Boatworks by night. He also leads boat tours and fishing cruises on the Missouri River through Drew’s Guide Service.

Lemberger said he got into boat making as a way to create specialized and versatile products for fishing, hunting and sightseeing. With custom boatbuilding, it’s easier to fine-tune a design.

“There’s so many different variations of designs that are available to you that no commercial producer would ever dream of making in mass production,” he said. “If you can envision something, there’s usually a design out there.”

Lemberger has built one or two boats per year since he started Missouri Boatworks more than 10 years ago.

“I get a lot of satisfaction in creating and building things, and it’s a good outlet for me from a creative standpoint,” he said.

When Lemberger isn’t building boats in his Rocheport workshop, he spends his days at what he calls his “make-a-living job” — working at Les Bourgeois Winery and Vineyards as a managing partner and a winemaker.

He said he deals with more of the technical aspects of the winemaking operation, which includes filling, packaging and warehouse management.

“I don’t deal with the government, and I don’t do a lot of paperwork, which is all right with me,” he said.

Supervising editor is Alli Inglebright.

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