Holby Marine relocates to Maine under new owner

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Roth Bilt Boats owner Tom Johnson announced that his new company, Pilot Boats LLC, purchased the assets of Holby Marine, formerly based in Bristol, R.I.

The molds and tooling have been transported to Maine, where production will commence soon.

Johnson also announced a concurrent production agreement with Front Street Shipyard. Front Street Shipyard will be the builders of the full line of Pilot Boats for the newly created Pilot Boats LLC. The boats will be built in Belfast, Maine, at the main Front Street Shipyard facility.

The Pilot Boat product line consists of three sizes: Pilot 18, Pilot 20 and Pilot 24. The Pilot 18 and 20 are now available in a center console configuration. The Pilot 20 and 24 can be purchased as a cuddy cabin layout. The Pilot 20 and 24 have a Mark Ellis design; Ellis will continue in an advisory capacity for Pilot Boats.

“For the last 10 years we sold the Roth Bilt brand against Holby on a regular basis,” Johnson said in a statement. “Holby has a stellar reputation and possessed a nearly identical customer profile to Roth Bilt Boats. When the Holby opportunity arose, it was one of those unique opportunities to acquire a formative competitor, so I pursued this purchase vigorously. I am very pleased to own two well respected brands and have a partner like Front Street Shipyard to build Pilot Boats.”

Asked how the partnership with Pilot Boats LLC will fit with current projects, Front Street Shipyard president JB Turner responded, “The Pilot Boat line will give us another great opportunity to diversify the yard. We feel strongly that having a quality production line in our facility helps to showcase our multifaceted yard.”

Johnson said there will be changes to the Pilot models.

Pilot Boats will begin production this winter for delivery in the fall.

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