Skip to main content
Updated:
Original:

Edey & Duff president dies at 62

David Davignon, president of Edey & Duff, died Dec. 14 at St. Luke's Hospital in New Bedford, Mass. He was 62.

"The Edey & Duff family of owners, employees and customers are deeply saddened," said Kathy Harding, of Harding Boat Works, the principal owner of Edey & Duff, in a statement. "We have lost a trusted leader, a respected professional and a true friend."

Hired as a fiberglass technician in 1970, Davignon soon became indispensable to Peter Duff, rising through the ranks to become president. He worked on all the early products, the Stone Horse, Dovekie and Shearwater, and he was central to introducing the Doughdish, Stuart Knockabout, Conch 27, Sakonnet 23, Fatty Knees and Beetle Whale Boat.

"He had a great memory. He learned, he remembered and he passed it on," said Ed Pavao, who had worked closely with Davignon since 1973.

Davignon was most recently reviewing new additions to the product line and working with Harding Boat Works to negotiate long-term leases to secure the future of the Aucoot Cove facility.

Click here for the obituary and funeral arrangements.

Related

Year-End Tax Planning Guidance

These tips can help employers maximize cash savings, minimize tax exposure and more

Mercury Marine to Open Ind. Distribution Center

The new 512,000-square-foot facility will help the manufacturer meet record consumer demand for parts and accessories. The company is also expanding production at its main campus in Wisconsin.

GM Invests $150 Million in Pure Watercraft

An interview with Pure founder and CEO Andy Rebele.

Sea Tow, Southport Boats Form “Peace of Mind” Partnership

Sea Tow’s Gold Card, which includes two years of coverage, will now come standard with new Southport models.

Yamaha Rightwaters Goes International

The conservation initiative becomes an international effort as Yamaha Motor Australia joins a cleaner-ocean campaign.

Perfect Timing

With all the new boats sold recently, it’s inevitable that a good percentage will wind up on the used market. MRAA has launched a Certified Pre-Owned Boat Program to help dealers strengthen this profit center.

A Boatbuilder in Congress?

Robert Healey Jr., of Viking Yacht Co., is running for a U.S. House of Representatives seat in New Jersey.

Monterey and Blackfin to Expand Operations

The company will add 50,000 square feet of manufacturing space to meet increased demand, creating 150 job opportunities.