By Eric Schouten
Great New People at Ocean Boatworks!
Ocean Boatworks has recently grown its staff by three: Drew Larson, a highly skilled marine electronics geek, Paul Banitch, an all-around boat mechanic with a deep background in engine work, and Eric Bert, an experienced shipwright, have joined the OB crew.
A native of Northern California, Drew has always been a natural at electronics. He studied mechanical engineering before graduating from the Northwest Wooden Boat School in Port Townsend. He is a self-described absent-minded nerd who “might walk into a telephone pole while thinking about details.” Drew is passionate about boats and always excited to see new ones.
Paul has been mechanically inclined since childhood and enjoyed fishing and boating while growing up. He spent 35 years in the motorcycle industry before switching to boats. He moved to the northwest from Los Angeles because of the water, the boating opportunities and the overall beautiful country. Paul enjoys animals, meeting new people and most of all he loves being outside working on boats – a perfect fit for Ocean Boatworks.
Eric Bert was brought up on the waters of Puget Sound near Olympia. He attended the Boat Building School in Eastport, Maine and has been employed in building and repairing traditional and modern boats since 1994.
Together these three awesome workers have greatly increased the capacity of Ocean Boatworks. Besides the added available man-hours, their combination of skills will allow us to offer a greater range of services and more flexibility. We can now provide a comprehensive team and get the work done on an even faster schedule than before.
Winter is the perfect time of year to get your craft in shape for the upcoming boating and fishing seasons. With our increased capabilities in mind, give us a call so we can help you get your boat up to speed and in the water.
Two Great Flexiteek Projects from Ocean Boatworks
Ocean Boatworks has been busy these last several months with many projects on some great boats. I’m especially proud of two projects for installing Flexiteek decking on boats for North Marine and SAFE Boats, and I’d like to share the details.
Northern Marine is a manufacturer of high-end, custom yachts. They build to extremely high standards, so I was very gratified to be tasked with the decking on a custom trawler. The end result really improved the overall appearance of the boat, and the Flexiteek decking not only provides beauty, but will also need a minimum of maintenance. The owners can expect a long life for their new decking.
According to their web site, “SAFE Boats International (SAFE) is an American-owned aluminum boat manufacturer and leading supplier to military, federal, state and local law enforcement, fire and rescue agencies throughout North America and around the world.” Their reputation rests on their success in producing top-quality, highly reliable vessels. They came to Ocean Boatworks to install Flexiteek decking on a new tender for a yacht named “Le Grand Blue.” The new decking easily meets the standards of the mother ship, and the installation went perfectly. The decking will be a great addition to this beautiful vessel.
Our supplier for Flexiteek had some kind words for us: “As the exclusive west coast distributor of Flexiteek decking, I love working with Ocean Boatworks. They are always professional and their craftsmanship really shows off our product.” – Charlie Lucey, Owner, Yacht Deck, San Diego http://yachtdeck.com/
I love this type of custom work and am looking forward to more in the future. Please inquire about your decking needs and I will be happy to supply a free quote for your project.
Ocean Boat Works is now an Authorized Beta Marine Engine Dealer
Ocean Boat Works now sells, installs, and services Beta Marine engines
Since 1987 Beta Marine Ltd has developed an enviable reputation for providing quiet and smooth running marine diesels to suit a wide range of applications at very competitive prices. We are able to tailor the engine to your boat with different mounting options. We can offer different propulsion options ranging from transmissions and saildrives.
Beta Marine engines and generators have earned the reputation of supplying quality products, giving smooth quiet and reliable power products at competitive prices representing excellent value for money.