Fred Scopinich comes from a long line of boat builders. In the early 1900s they built traditional fishing boats for Freeport residents. During the 1920s they built vessels for both rum runners and law enforcement. Like other builders during the two world wars they built military craft for the navy and other defense agencies. After World War II they began building small recreational boats and commercial fishing boats. In 1956 the elder Scopinich brothers sold the yard in Freeport, and young Fred Scopinich moved to East Quogue, where they continue to operate in the historic Hampton Shipyard. Fred Scopinich has retired but the business is carried on by his sons. The Scopinich yard is featured in the LI Traditions exhibit “From Shore to Shore: Boat Builders and Boatyards of Long Island and Westchester.”

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