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Pacific now on the Atlantic

Oct 23, 2007 For more than 30 years Pacific Seacraft boats have been built in California on the Pacific. But now a reworked version of the company will be building Pacific Seacraft boats on the Atlantic.

Pacific Seacraft was closed down earlier this year when the company got into financial difficulties. But in the fall, Stephen Brodie of Washington, N.C., bought the assets of the company, including molds for its most famous William Crealock designs, and had the gear shipped east in 22 tractor trailer trucks. Brodie will set up shop in space he is renting from a textile company in Washington. He intends to resume production of the well-known voyaging sailboats. According to David S. Norwood, president of Carolina Wind Yachting Center Inc., in Washington, N.C., and a long-time dealer of Pacific Seacraft boats, “Steve is very interested in getting production underway.”

Norwood also claims that Brodie has chosen a good area to revamp Pacific Seacraft. “There’s a strong history of boatbuilding in the area. Tanzer and Tartan have built boats here and nearby there are boatbuilders like Fountain, Grady White and Hatteras.” According to Norwood, Brodie recently brought in the former production manager and six key employees for a visit.