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.

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

Project strives to produce ‘ideal’ cruising yacht under 40 feet

A boat development project by Truebuild Yachts that was spurred by consumer demand recently met a key milestone with two prospective owners committed to a design. Called the “Best Coastal Voyaging Yacht Under 40 feet, Planing Hull Project,” the Laguna Hills, Calif.-based Truebuild Yachts undertook the development project for a small number of committed boaters…more

Students compete in boatbuilding regatta

Students from high schools, technical schools and middle schools took on the challenge of building a boat in a day at the 14th annual Plywood Regatta held last Saturday in Dania Beach, Fla. The students comprised 31 teams and built boats with names such as Sushi Bar, One Love, Reef Dogs and Platinum Sharks, with…more

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NYC set to purchase new fleet

The New York City police and fire departments will soon acquire what they believe are their boats of the future. The vessels have new features – air filters, bulletproof flotation vests – that reflect the expanding needs of the agencies as they patrol the city’s more than 400 miles of coastline, according to an article…more

Maine boatbuilding school changes its name

Atlantic Challenge, a school for traditional boatbuilding and seamanship in Rockland, Maine, is official renaming its organization The Apprenticeshop. Building on its 38-year history of craftsmanship, community and traditions of the sea, the name change reflects a return to the organization’s roots and a rededication to its core mission. “Our shop and community sailing programs…more

Author pens fiberglass repair book

Roger Marshall’s new book “Fiberglass Boat Repairs Illustrated,” is available at chandleries, bookstores and online this month. The book offers a comprehensive guide to making repairs to a fiberglass boat and how to finish and paint those repairs. With more than 200 pictures and drawings, the book shows repair projects from simply polishing the gelcoat…more

Naval architect opens design studio in Maine

Naval architect Steven Weiss is opening a new design studio, Steven Weiss Yacht Design LLC, in Trenton, Maine. The firm will provide yacht design, marine engineering and illustration services to individuals, yacht builders and service boatyards. With more than 25 years in the yacht design and construction industry, Weiss has served as designer and engineer…more

Magazine hands out year-end awards

The editors of MotorBoating magazine announced the winners of the 2009 “Best of the Year” awards. All winners appear in the February 2010 issue of MotorBoating, on newsstands Jan. 26, and will be honored at a private reception at the 2010 Miami International Boat Show. “Our Best of the Year awards recognize the absolute best,…more

Jet Tern Marine unveils motoryacht line

Jet Tern Marine, builder of Selene Ocean Trawlers, introduced a new line of motoryachts designed by Howard Chen, founder and president of Jet Tern. The Artemis line will be built at the Jet Tern facility in Zhu-Hai, China, and eventually models from 36 to 66 feet will be developed. The first model in the Artemis…more

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