Massachusetts marina designer dies


Capt. Bruce O. Tobiasson, 66, owner and chief engineer of Waterfront Design Associates, died Feb. 3 in Medfield, Mass.

Tobiasson was known for designing more than 350 marinas and small craft harbors in the U.S. and other nations. He was an engineer for more than 45 years and began Waterfront in 1983. Many of his designs have become standard practices nationally and internationally, and his book "Marinas and Small Craft Harbors" published in 1991 and revised in 2000 is still considered by many to be a solid reference guide for the field.

He was often called "Toby" by his friends and grew up in Belmont, Mass., where he built a boat in his family's basement without considering how he would get it out. An enlarged window in the basement of his family's house is testament to that story. He continued to build and own small boats for the next 55 years.

Tobiasson is survived by Susan, his wife of 43 years, his daughter Kristina and his brother, Wayne N. Tobiasson.

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