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Industry mourns former Winner Boats president

Peter Lufkin, past president of Winner Boats and a boatbuilding pioneer, died Friday in his Pittsburgh-area home.

A boatbuilding innovator in the 1960s and ’70s, Lufkin, 87, was the first to create an all-fiberglass boat by developing a fiberglass stringer system and floor for each new Winner boat, eliminating the wood floor and stringer system, said his son, Chris Lufkin, of Marine Industry Advisors.

Born March 8, 1925, in Rye, N.Y., Peter Lufkin was a son of Chauncey and Margaret (Wende) Lufkin. He was a graduate of Yale University and retired as a self-employed investment banker. Lufkin also was an Army Air Corps veteran who served in World War II.

“He was a good man and absolutely loved the boat business; it was his passion,” Chris Lufkin told Soundings Trade Only. “As a testament, I am his eldest living son and have managed to follow in his footsteps.”

Chris Lufkin owns a sales consulting business, representing such lines as EdgeWater, Hornet, Rib USA and Vanquish.

Lufkin is survived by his wife of 13 years, Cheryl (Robbins) Lufkin; two sons and daughters-in-law, H. Christopher and Hope Lufkin of Marblehead, Mass., and Tim and Lauren Lufkin of Greenwich, Conn.; a stepson, John Kordowski of Hopewell Township, N.J.; three grandchildren, Brooks, Ellie and Sarah; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Chauncey and Liz Lufkin of Tacoma, Wash., and Dan and Cynthia Lufkin of Washington Depot, Conn.; and his two canine companions, Sencion and Zena.

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