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.

Nautor’s Swan marks production milestone

When the new Swan 90S, Freya, was launched Tuesday at the Nautor’s Swan facility in Pietarsaari, Finland, it was the 2,000th new Swan built since the company was founded. Nautor’s Swan said it has delivered 95 models of Swan, from the first Swan 36 to the new Swan105, during its 46-year history. The very first…more

The Moorings offers new Pacific Northwest charters

The Moorings announced this week it will now offer power yacht charters aboard the Moorings 393 Powercat in the Pacific Northwest with preferred partner Anacortes Yacht Charters. The power catamarans are expected to appeal to customers who seek to enjoy the natural splendor and cosmopolitan atmosphere offered by a two-country itinerary in U.S. and Canadian…more

Connecticut firm designs Great Lakes research vessel

JMS Naval Architects of Mystic, Conn., completed the contract design for a fisheries research vessel for the U.S. Geological Survey’s Great Lakes Science Center. The FRV Grayling will replace the existing R/V Grayling and will be a member of a five-vessel fleet owned and operated by the Great Lakes Science Center in Ann Arbor, Mich.,…more

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

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