Boatbuilding

Boatbuilders make news when they mark production milestones, roll out fresh lines of boats and relocate to new facilities. And boatbuilding isn't limited to companies. Enterprising Individuals sometimes build a boat for themselves.

Soel Yachts debuts solar-electric catamaran

The Dutch company Soel Yachts is partnering with Naval DC to put its years of solar electric naval experience into the SoelCat 12, a sustainable vessel designed for saltwater operations.

Trump set to unveil new apprenticeship programs

President Donald Trump is expected to expand apprenticeship programs as a focal point of his labor policy, aimed at filling a record level of open jobs and draw back Americans who have left the workforce.

The Boston Whaler 380 Outrage was one of several center consoles from 30 to 41 feet that were introduced at the show.

Big and bigger center consoles

Jaws were dropping just a few years ago when at least a half-dozen boat companies introduced center consoles north of 40 feet, and one  — HydraSports Custom — eclipsed 50 feet with its 53 Suenos.

Employees at Great Lakes Boat Top’s Tennessee plant sew and assemble canvas for the company’s boatbuilder customers.

60 years later and it’s still tops

In a three-car backyard garage in 1954 Detroit, retired bus and streetcar driver William Parks, his 18-year-old son and his wife decided to start a business that made and sold boat covers.

Sparkman & Stephens has a new owner

Sparkman & Stephens, the naval architecture and brokerage firm that Olin Stephens and Drake Sparkman founded in 1929, said today that it was acquired by a group of private investors led by Brooke S. Parish and John B. Reuter.

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