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.

Retiree builds 50-foot sailboat in his yard

Retiree Earl Rentmeester of Green Bay, Wis., has constructed a 50-foot, ocean-rated sailing yacht that he built himself. The project started in his garage in 2006 and the boat was recently launched. Rentmeester, 64, a retired general contractor who spent his life building upscale homes and advanced into commercial construction, decided that he wanted to…more

Company sponsors build-a-boat program

Sika Corp. announced that it will again sponsor the Sikaflex Challenge Cup build-a-boat program this summer. The event challenges contestants to design, build and race a small boat, utilizing limited plywood, lumber and only Sikaflex-291 as the adhesive and sealant. Prizes are awarded for first-, second- and third-place finishers in the actual sea trials. The…more

IYRS honored by Yankee Magazine

The International Yacht Restoration School, a marine trades and technology school based in Rhode Island, was recognized as a 2012 “Editor’s Choice” winner in Yankee Magazine’s Travel Guide to New England. The school was recognized as the “Best Place to Get Schooled” by Yankee’s editors and contributors, who annually name select restaurants, lodgings and attractions…more

Boatbuilder moves to New Jersey facility

Out Island Sport Yachts announced Monday that it will be relocating to a new 35,000-square-foot production facility at 107 Edgewood Ave. in Berlin, N.J. The move and consolidation will allow all three boat lines to be built under one roof. The product lines include East Coast Skiffs, models from 14 to 24 feet; 24-, 27-,…more

Nautor’s Swan debuts 105-footer

Finnish superyacht builder Nautor’s Swan introduced the Swan 105 to its offerings. The 105-foot boat joins the Swan 112, 100 and 130. The builder said that the Swan 105’s performance-oriented hull, with a clean deck layout concealing the substantial internal volume and innovative technical features, combine to afford true comfort for owners and guests. Layouts…more

Virginia shipyard crew helps out charity

Huntington Ingalls Industries said its Newport News Shipbuilding division in Virginia turned over the keys to the 10th home the shipyard has constructed in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg. The division has partnered with Habitat for Humanity since 2002 to build homes for families in the community. Volunteers from across the…more

Companies join on boatbuilding venture

Darling Yacht and Ship Builders and Paradigm Yacht Sales formed a partnership that will allow them to leverage their resources to build and market custom-designed commercial and recreational boats from start to finish. The two companies recently completed their first project together — the development and production of a 56-foot aluminum excursion boat custom-built for…more

Gunboat celebrates new North Carolina factory

Gunboat opened its new catamaran production facility last Friday in Wanchese, N.C. The yard’s first project is the Nigel Irens-designed Gunboat 55. “We are so grateful for the labor force here. The can-do attitude of this island area is unbeatable. We could have set up shop anywhere. We chose Wanchese. We will do our best…more

Friendship Yacht debuts new website

Friendship Yacht Co. launched a new website that features galleries of the Friendship 40, 53 and 75, with photos, specifications and an overview of the design requirements. Visitors also can read about Ted Fontaine’s design philosophy and the engineering principles used in developing and building this luxury brand. In the “Log Book,” the company shares…more

Louisiana considers pirogue as state boat

Louisiana state Rep. Bubba Chaney is sponsoring a bill that would make the pirogue the state’s designated boat. Chaney’s inspiration was a wooden pirogue named Colors that was crafted by Rayville resident Cliff Dodge and his grandson, Robert Brown of Monroe. The two will visit the legislature today, where the state House of Representatives is…more

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