We had the joy of attending the opening party for Dieselsmith in Dennisport. Here is their story, in their own words:
Dieselsmith LLC was founded in 2014 by Lukas Smith and Amanda Bender, both under 30 years of age. Both are also Cape Cod natives who have decided to build a business here at home rather than seeking opportunity off-cape.
Recognizing an under-served niche in sales and service of marine diesel engines, Dieselsmith serves the commercial fishing fleet on the Cape, summer sport fishing interests including charters and those gleaming white yachts we all dream about. Especially for commercial fishermen who have only so many days per season to “make it or break it” in a given year, Dieselsmith works long hours to ensure fishermen can get out to their grounds reliably, and safely. It goes without saying that 10 plus miles off the coast of Cape Cod is not necessarily for the faint of heart. Proper maintenance in keeping a boat powered in uncertain seas is essential. The same can be said for the many sport fishing charter captains on the Cape, local businesses who are entrusted with the safety of their passengers.
Serving Cape Cod marine interests rain or shine, and earning a good reputation is no small task even for a life-long Cape Codder. For a young couple under 30 years of age, it is unheard of. What’s more, Dieselsmith hires local, both young and old. The son of a commercial fisherman serves as a service technician, and a native Cape Codder recently returned home seeking a 2nd career serves as parts manager.
While the business is all about boats, engines and emergency service calls, there is a long history of creativity embedded in the present day DNA of nuts and bolts. Owner Lukas Smith is one of 5 sons of well known Cape artist Odin K Smith whose family has called the Cape home since Provincetown was first founded. The creativity in Lukas’ bloodline makes for an intuitive mechanic. Customers agree he has a way with engines.
Dieselsmith’s present day expansion into a new facility on Rte 28 in Dennisport is underway and on pace even as it coincides with the start of the summer boating season. In fact, if you’re curious about what they offer, or just want to shop for that 1200 horsepower engine you’ve always wanted, you can browse their auto dealership sized showroom with engines on display for their grand opening with a catered reception Fri night Jun 29 and an open house Sat Jun 30.
All in all, most impressive efforts on the part of two 20 something year olds who were brought up on the Cape and have decided to stay on the Cape, serve the Cape, and hire on the Cape.