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Guy Couach, Founder of Guy Couach Shipyard: 1926-2014

Guy Couach, who established the famed eponymous shipyard in France (now called Couach Yachts), passed away on January 6. He was 88 years old. Born in 1926, Guy (pronounced “gee,” with a hard “g”) had the nautical life in his blood. His grandfather was Albert Couach, who established Couach Motors, a manufacturer of marine engines, […]

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Megayacht News Leadership Series: Joe Foggia, Christensen Shipyards

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Christensen Shipyards has come a long way since its first yacht, a 92-footer named Domino, was handed over in 1984. Under the direction of Joe Foggia, who became president and a managing partner in 2001, the Washington State builder has increasingly focused on the 150-foot-plus (46-meter-plus) megayacht market. Specifically, it offers yachts from 140 to […]

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Megayacht News Leadership Series: Daryl Wakefield, Westport Shipyards

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Westport Shipyards has been building yachts for 49 years, in the process earning a reputation for consistent on-time, on-budget delivery and high standards in customer service. To the latter, Westport prides itself on maintaining contact with each series-built megayacht after delivery, from the Pacific Marine 85 to the Westport 164, with 24-hour service around the […]

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Megayacht News Leadership Series: Tim Hodgdon, Hodgdon Yachts

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Since 1816, Maine-based Hodgdon Yachts has produced more than 400 vessels of various types. They range from coastal commercial vessels in the early days, to the arctic explorer Bowdoin in 1921, to sub chasers for the United States Navy during World War I and II, to a number of the famous Alden Malabars, plus a […]

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Megayacht News Leadership Series: Dr. Herbert Aly, Blohm+Voss

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Blohm+Voss, world famous in shipping circles for building the Bismark and Scharnhorst, was snapped up last year by investors who foresee a bright future in building megayachts that top the 260-foot benchmark established with the recent buildings of Mayan Queen IV, A, Palladium, and Eclipse. London-based Star Capital Partners took over all non-military sectors of […]

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