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.

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

Defiance Boats rolls out new San Juan line

Defiance Boats introduced its new San Juan series of boats. “We’ve had a lot of people asking us for a dressed-up boat with more creature comforts,” Defiance sales manager Jon Lawrence said in a statement. “A lot of guys are big fans of our Admiral series. They like that it’s a no-frills sportfishing boat. They…more

Canadian companies develop radio-operated vessel

Canadian recreational and commercial boatbuilder A.F. Theriault & Son Ltd. recently partnered with Meggitt Training Systems Canada Inc. to develop new boatbuilding techniques and a new training vessel that it said would “revolutionize live military operation exercises – and open up a whole new world of opportunity in international markets.” The Hammerhead Unmanned Surface Vehicle…more

Jimmy Buffett donates 33-foot vessel

Famed Gulf Coast entertainer and native son Jimmy Buffett and his sisters, Lucy “Lulu” Buffett and Laurie Buffett-McGuane, christened a 33-foot vessel Monday that they donated to the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast Research Laboratory in Ocean Springs, Miss. The vessel, built for the Navy in 1973 to transport personnel and supplies, is eventually…more

Firm touts new hull-testing program

Hull testing has been taken out of the box and into the open ocean with M Ship Co.’s new Rapid Empirical Innovation program. The naval architecture and research firm says the approach allows scaled-down hull models of recreational and racing sailboats, motor vessels, and cargo and military ships to be towed in real-life weather conditions…more

Iowa boatbuilder caters to duck hunters

Kerry Nicolaus and Scott Thorne say serious duck hunters know exactly what they want in a boat. So they combined their expertise in metal fabrication with their passion for waterfowling into MarshMonster, a boatbuilder in Iowa’s Cedar Valley that caters to the preferences of duck hunters, The Courier newspaper (Waterloo/Cedar Falls) reported. The two joined…more

Magazines name Boat of the Year nominees

Cruising World and Sailing World magazines today announced their nominees for the 2012 Boat of the Year awards at the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Md. “This year’s collection of nominees represents a broad cross-section of excellent cruising boats and high-performance ocean voyagers,” Cruising World Boat of the Year director Herb McCormick said in a…more

Apprenticeshop offers deal on boatbuilding class

The Apprenticeshop is offering an opportunity to join an intensive 12-week program for anyone interested in learning how to build a boat. Between now and the end of December, participants can enroll in the boatbuilding skills program at half price, and they can start the program on a date that is most convenient for them.…more

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