ABBRA's first Boat Builder of the Year and the Boatyard of the Year awards for 2015 will be presented to Hodgdon Yachts and Hodgdon Yacht Services of East Boothbay and Southport, Maine, at the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association’s annual award ceremony and symposium June 26-27 in Portland, Maine.
Michael Keyworth will receive the Dennis Snow President’s Award and John Williams Boat Co. will receive the 2015 Excellence in Customer Care Award.
ABBRA said the Boat Builder of the Year award recognizes a boatbuilding facility whose building process and product has made a lasting contribution to the recreational marine industry. The award is given to a facility that demonstrates excellence in all facets.
From wooden schooners in the 19th century to prepreg carbon vessels in the 21st, the five generations of Hodgdon boatbuilders is the longest history of a family of boatbuilders in the nation, ABBRA said.
Since its start in 1816, Hodgdon has evolved into a leader in advanced composite construction while maintaining exceptional skills for world-class traditional building techniques, ABBRA said. The shipyard has launched more than 400 vessels and most recently was recognized for its groundbreaking work for the build of Comanche, a 100-foot carbon fiber racing yacht, in only 13 months.
Hodgdon Yacht Services marked the expansion of Hodgdon Yachts into the yacht and pleasure boat repair and refit sector in 2014. The full-service company now offers maintenance, repair and refit services for recreational boats, yachts and superyachts, dockage and storage.
Keyworth, who will receive the President’s Award, has promoted and supported environmental awareness and stewardship in the boatyard industry for many years, including working with Sea Grant on a modeling program that will help marinas and other coastal businesses adapt their facilities for potential sea-level rise.
ABBRA said he has been a leader on the legislative front in Rhode Island regarding matters that affect the industry and has been a champion of workforce development and technical training, helping to develop industry-recognized technical training programs.
The Excellence in Customer Care Award will be presented to John Williams Boat Co., a full-service boatyard and custom boatbuilder. The company was founded over 40 years ago as a quality boatbuilding company and added full repair and refit services.