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Maryland marine surveyor debuts new website

Steven Uhthoff Inc., which provides marine surveys and consultation, launched a new website, which coincides with Uhthoff earning the designation of Accredited Marine Surveyor from The Society for Accredited Marine Surveyors. The new website showcases Uhthoff’s reputation along the East Coast as an objective and thorough marine surveyor, the company said in a release. Other…more

Saga signs sailboat deal with builder

J.J. Taylor & Sons Ltd., owner of the Saga brand, and Bruckmann Yachts, entered into a strategic alliance to have the Saga line of ocean-cruising sailboats built by Bruckmann at its yard in Mississauga, Ontario. The Saga line consists of the Bob Perry-designed 35, 43 and 48 and the Tony Castro-designed 409. Saga will offer…more

Skarne Marine signs new contract

Skarne Marine landed a contract to supply a patrol boat to Santa Barbara Security Services N.V. of Curacao, in the Netherlands Antilles. The company is charged with maintaining security on and around the resort development of Santa Barbara Plantation. Santa Barbara Security Services chose the Minor Offshore 25 with a Volvo Penta D4-225. This setup…more

Ship unearthed at World Trade Center site

Workers excavating the site of the underground vehicle security center for the future World Trade Center in New York this week discovered the remains of a wooden ship that likely dates back to the mid- to late 18th century. The 30-foot length of the vessel had been discovered about 20 to 30 feet below street level…more

Boatbuilders elected to Arkansas Outdoor Hall of Fame

Second-generation boatbuilders Kim Ward and Zach McClendon Jr. will be inducted into the Arkansas Outdoor Hall of Fame in September, the organization announced. Ward took over the aluminum boat manufacturing facility started by his father and uncle and led it to national prominence, first as Duracraft Boats and then as War Eagle Boats. McClendon has…more

Lyman-Morse ‘persevering’ through market conditions

A recent e-newsletter from Cabot Lyman, owner of Lyman-Morse Boatbuilding Co. in Thomaston, Maine, seeks to set the record straight on the current state of his company. “We are still alive and well, and still building exceptional boats …” Lyman said, before detailing what various changes in personnel and management style in light of the…more

Family owned boatbuilder weathers the recession

The Eggebrechts, the father-and-sons team behind Sarasota, Fla.-based Andros Boatworks, is featured today in a Florida newspaper. The story in the Herald-Tribune details how the company gambled on launching a new flagship – a 32-foot center console in the $200,000-plus range – amid a crippling recession while banking on product quality, some fortuitously timed publicity…more

Health insurance the topic of ABBRA roundtable

Health insurance professional Robert Driscoll will speak at a June 29 roundtable discussion hosted by the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association at Bristol Marine in Rhode Island. Driscoll will answer questions about how health care reform will affect small businesses in the recreational boating industry. The event will take place from 4 to 7…more

Builder launches 50th Billy Joel runabout

Coecles Harbor Marine recently celebrated the launch of the 50th Shelter Island Runabout, which was first conceived by singer/songwriter Billy Joel and designed by Doug Zurn in 1996. Hull No. 50 is for a second-generation owner whose father launched hull No. 2 in 1997. Hull No. 50 is equipped with twin Yanmar 315-hp diesels and…more

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Contest could aid 97-year-old schooner restoration

Sound Experience, an organization based in Puget Sound, Wash., that uses the 97-year-old schooner Adventuress as a platform to highlight the role oceans play in the environment, is encouraging the public to vote online in an indirect fund-raising drive to raise $125,000 to restore the vessel’s stern. The sail training ship is one of 25…more

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