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.

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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

Willard Marine fills U.S. and global orders

Willard Marine recently took orders to build rescue boats for the Alaska Marine Highway System, the U.S. Military Sealift Command and Maersk Lines Ltd. The Willard rescue boats meet all Coast Guard requirements under the international Safety of Life at Sea treaty, the company announced. Additionally, California-based Willard has been supplying patrol boats for international…more

Mares Catamarans relaunches with 45-footer

The Mares Catamaran brand was relaunched after Mares International president Lenny Noble moved his molds to a new yard that builds up to 160 feet. Noble said in a statement that the new 45-foot Mares catamaran has completed its sea trials and will be the first of the new Mares fleet to arrive in Fort…more

ABBRA announces conference speakers

The American Boat Builders and Repairers Association announced its lineup of speakers for its 2014 Boatyard Business Conference. Registration is now open for the event, which takes place Jan. 22-24 at the B Ocean Hotel in Fort Lauderdale and will update participants on opportunities and challenges facing the boatyard/boatbuilding sector, ABBRA announced. The conference is…more

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Silver Arrows Marine unveils Mercedes yacht design

Silver Arrows Marine, in conjunction with Mercedes-Benz Style, unveiled the final design and specifications for what it calls “the Silver Arrow of the seas” at the 2013 Monaco Yacht Show. Bearing many design features of Mercedes-Benz automobiles, combined with a new approach to luxury motoryacht functionality and aesthetics, the debut yacht will be called Arrow…more

SNAME awards set for annual meeting

The Society of Naval Architects and Engineers will present its annual awards Nov. 6-8 during the SNAME 2013 Annual Meeting and Expo at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue in Bellevue, Wash. Early registration discounts of as much as $200 are available until Oct. 14. SNAME will recognize four people for outstanding contributions to naval architecture, marine…more

US Watercraft teams with designer on C&C Yachts models

US Watercraft LLC is teaming with award-winning yacht designer Mark Mills to create its new C&C Yachts models. Building on the success of Mills Design Ltd. in designing IRC racing boats, US Watercraft plans to begin production of two new C&C Yachts racer/cruiser models this fall. First off the board will be the C&C Redline…more

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