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.

ABBRA hands out awards in Fort Lauderdale

Jonathan Jones, who recently retired as general manager and executive vice president of Haven Harbour Marina in Rockhall, Md., received the Dennis Snow President’s Award at the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association’s Boatyard Business Conference awards dinner in Fort Lauderdale Beach.

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.

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