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Builders of Large Custom Yachts

This web site does not attempt to track the construction of recreational boats, because there are many millions of them, almost all manufactured of fiberglass and produced in factories rather than built in boatyards. There is still a custom yachtbuilding business in the United States, however, and for a while the U.S. was a significant builder of "megayachts" - boats with a registered length of at least 75 feet - but production has almost completely stopped in recent years, with most of these yards either becoming service facilities or closing. The output of the builders of large yachts is documented here as completely as possible. Comments or queries, please email

# Company Builder Since Location State
Yards that Are Actively Building Large Yachts
1 Merritt Boat & Engine Works 1948 Pompano Beach FL
2 Westport Yachts 1964 Westport/Port Angeles WA
Yards that Are Still Active but Now Only Occasionally Build Large Yachts
3 Burger Boat 1863 Manitowoc WI
4 Delta Marine Industries 1960s Seattle WA
5 Derecktor Shipyards 1947 Mamaroneck NY
6 Hodgdon Brothers 1816 East Boothbay ME
7 Nordlund Boats 1958 Tacoma WA
8 Northern Marine 1996 Anacortes WA
9 Rybovich Yachts 1930s West Palm Beach FL
Yards that Are Still Active but No Longer Build Large Yachts
10 Broward Marine 1948 Fort Lauderdale FL
11 Hinckley Yachts 1928 Southwest Harbor ME
12 Huckins Yacht 1927 Jacksonville FL
13 Lyman-Morse Boatbuilders 1912 Thomaston ME
Yards that Used to Build Large Yachts but Are Now Inactive
14 Christensen Yachts 1987 Vancouver WA
15 Citadel Yachts 2003 Tacoma WA
16 Hatteras Yachts 1959 New Bern NC
17 Lazzara Yachts 1956 Tampa FL
18 North Star Yachts 1999 Kalama WA
19 Pacific Mariner 1996 La Conner WA
20 Palmer Johnson Yachts 1918 Sturgeon Bay WI
21 Trident Yachts 1996 Tampa FL
22 Trinity Yachts 1990 New Orleans LA

These shipbuilding pages are part of an ongoing project; new material and data is added regularly.

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