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Predictions for the Future of Boatbuilding

Courtesy of Marlin Magazine

Q: Where do you see the state of boatbuilding in the next decade?

Pat Healey, Viking Yachts

Courtesy of Viking Yachts

Pat Healey, Viking Yachts

Sport-fishing boats will be lighter, faster and more expensive in years to come. Vendors supplying raw materials and equipment to builders will need to have more skin in the game if they want to continue selling their products to those in the boatbuilding industry. People who buy sport-fishing boats are spending discretionary money on objects they don’t really need. Simply put, they buy boats to enjoy, and don’t want headaches. In the future, vendors will have to design and produce more reliable equipment that is fully tested before offering it to boatbuilders to include in their customers’ boats.

Larry Drivon, Maverick Yachts

Courtesy of Maverick Yachts

Larry Drivon, Maverick Yachts

I see the 10-year future of sport-fishing boatbuilding from the perspective of a custom builder of cold-molded wood boats. I believe there will be greater use of composite materials outside of the hulls, which I doubt will change much. The fit and finish of custom boats will become even more important as consumers focus on quality results [when compared] to the competitive price of production boats. Builders of cold-molded wood-hulled boats will accelerate the adoption of composites and other weight-saving strategies to improve efficiency and performance. Change is the only constant, and the future is bright.

Click here for the full article and read more from other industry leaders. This article originally appeared in Marlin Magazine.


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