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.

Taylor Made and Ameritex displayed a Sylvan pontoon equipped with their canvas at IBEX.

Coming alongside as pontoons surge

Pontoon sales climbed once again this summer, posting a 23 percent year-over-year gain in August alone. The category has been one of only a few that have consistently rebounded since the economic downturn.

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Esthec seeks to capitalize on teak-export ban

Composite decking manufacturer Esthec said key virgin teak supplier Myanmar is banning virgin teak exports, beginning early next year. Myanmar currently produces at least 75 percent of virgin teak, of which the yachting industry is a major user, Esthec said. Although other sources, typically in India and Thailand, will try to fill this shortfall, the…more

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The Surging Stepped Hull

A growing number of boatbuilders are inserting the stepped hull design into their vessels, hoping to offer boats with higher speeds and efficiency — a trend to watch in the industry and one you’ll see at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

IYRS plans open-house events in November

The International Yacht Restoration School will hold an open house from 2 to 5 p.m. on Nov. 8 at its campus in Newport, R.I. The event will be at Restoration Hall, home to the school’s 20-month boatbuilding and restoration program. Those who attend will have an opportunity to observe students on the shop floor, meet…more

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VIDEO: Market sees surge in stepped-hull designs

A growing number of boatbuilders are inserting the stepped-hull design into their vessels, hoping to offer boats with greater speed and efficiency — a trend to watch in the industry and one you’ll see at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Invincible, Contender, Regal, Beneteau Powerboats, Scout, Intrepid, Cutwater and SeaHunter use steps in one…more

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