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.

Sea Hunt adds standard misting systems

Marine misting systems from Mist-er-Comfort Inc. are now a standard feature on Sea Hunt 25-, 27- and 29-foot hardtop center-console boats. “Mist-er-Comfort misting systems are a cost-effective, value-added benefit for our owners, allowing them to comfortably enjoy their Sea Hunt, even on the hottest days,” Sea Hunt vice president of sales Joel Moss said in…more

Chesapeake Light Craft given economic honor

Annapolis, Md.-based Chesapeake Light Craft was awarded a “Better with Less” award from the state for thriving during the economic downturn while streamlining resources. The company, owned by John Harris, is the world’s largest manufacturer of boatbuilding kits. It sells kits and plans for wooden kayaks, canoes, rowboats and small sailboats, the Daily Journal newspaper…more

Texas startup offers steering system rebuilds

When a boater brings a marine dealer a problem with a hydraulic steering system, typically a leaky cylinder or helm, a technician can take one of two routes – replace the seals and see whether that fixes the problem or recommend replacement with a new unit. Boat Steering Rebuilders LLC in Adkins, Texas, offers a…more

Telemar Yachting updates systems on 127-foot yacht

Italy’s Telemar Yachting recently completed the “Americanization” of the 127- foot Chinese-built, Italian-designed yacht Prima Donna, the first large Chinese yacht to be delivered to the United States by IAG Yachts, according to the company. “This clearly demonstrates Telemar Yachting’s global capabilities and the substantial cost savings to the builder by being able to use…more

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Bayliss Boatworks starts construction of 84-footer

  Bayliss Boatworks this month will begin construction of the 84-foot Orion, the company’s largest project to date. Designed in a collaborative effort between Bayliss and naval architect Robert Ullberg, Orion will be its first with a navy blue hull. The vessel’s five-stateroom/five-head layout will include Bayliss’ first full beam master with a 6-foot walk-in…more

Boatbuilding school set to open in Michigan

The Michigan School of Boatbuilding & Marine Technology is set to launch in northern Michigan later this year. “There isn’t another program like this in the Midwest,” founder Dave Lesh told Trade Only Today in an e-mail. “There is a real need for skilled, well-rounded employees in the composite industries (including marine), marinas, etc. Obviously…more

Delta ‘T’ creates engineering branch

Delta “T” Systems recently launched a new engineering branch called Delta “P” Subsea Systems. Delta “P” Subsea is an engineering firm with marine experience in shipbuilding, systems integration, and subsea and remotely operated vehicle design and engineering. “We are very excited to be working with such a high-caliber engineering team,” said Lynn Oien, president of…more

Florida man plans boatbuilding startup

Tim Norwood is planning to start his own boat factory in Manatee County, Fla., and he wants to build high-end whitehall rowboats and crew boats. A manufacturing engineer and architect, the 49-year-old Norwood says it’s been a lifelong dream to have his own boat factory, the Bradenton Herald newspaper reported. He remains ambitious about his…more

Blue Wave Boats launches new pontoon line

Parks Manufacturing, the builders of Blue Wave Boats, announced a new line of pontoon boats. Silver Wave Pontoons will range from 20 to 23 feet and offer a lifetime guarantee on decking and 25-inch diameter pontoons. They also will be available in a tritoon model. “We are excited about this opportunity to reach new customers…more

Boatbuilder wins commercial contract in Georgia

North Carolina-based Custom Steel Boats signed an approximately $1.5 million contract with the Savannah, Ga.-based Chatham Area Transit Authority to build a 67-foot, S-Class 149-passenger ferry. “The timing couldn’t be better for us,” Teresa Flowers, vice president of Custom Steel Boats, of Merritt, told the Sun Journal newspaper. “We were scared to lose the talent…more

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