Companies join on boatbuilding venture


Darling Yacht and Ship Builders and Paradigm Yacht Sales formed a partnership that will allow them to leverage their resources to build and market custom-designed commercial and recreational boats from start to finish.

The two companies recently completed their first project together — the development and production of a 56-foot aluminum excursion boat custom-built for a client in Minnesota.

"I've known George East, Paradigm's principal broker, for many years, and we have worked closely on a number of projects,” Dan Darling said in a press release. “Both of our firms have the same commitment to integrity, professionalism and quality, and with the connection to Paradigm's offices in the Midwest and Florida providing us with an increased market reach we are confident this is an important strategic move for our future.”

George East is also enthused about the alliance with Darling.

"We have long admired the expertise and business approach of Darling Yachts and, as the economy continues its recovery, we believe our companies are well-positioned to meet the needs of our customers in both the new-construction and refurbishment markets," East said.

Darling Yacht and Ship Builders was founded in 1991 and is led by Dan Darling, a third-generation marine builder. Located on the Ohio River in Jeffersonville, Ind., Darling houses a full-service commercial and recreational vessel shipyard for new construction and repair of vessels as large as 140 feet.

Paradigm Yacht Sales has offices in Louisville, Ky., and Cape Coral, Fla., and serves the Midwest and Florida marine markets. It is one of the Louisville area's largest marine brokerage firms. The staff of 12 has more than 125 years of boating experience.