At times in the boat building business, there is a pause between projects and Custom Steel Boats recognized the need for diversification into other areas of fabrication. Capitalizing on prior knowledge of commercial construction, it was an easy transition to bid and obtain this type work. Custom Steel Boats remains committed to yacht construction but appreciates and continues to encourage commercial work in our yard...
Realizing the back log of commercial work in the Gulf resulting from Hurricane Katrina, with a little research and a few phone calls, Custom Steel Boats is now under contract to construct four 20’ x 50’ deck barges. These barges are constructed in our yard, cut in half to facilitate moving and then transported to the Gulf region.
Also under construction is a 35’ Pusher Tug with raised pilot house equipped with twin John Deere engines. The local owner of the tug, an engineering graduate, designed the vessel and plans to use it in his marine construction business.
This steel ferry was constructed several years ago replacing the wooden version that carries vehicles and passengers from Atlantic, NC to Portsmouth Island. Her basic no nonsense design and stability worked so well another one is being planned for construction.
This pusher tug, designed by Kaufman Design, is a steel hull, aluminum superstructure powered by twin Volvos with Hundested gears. With large pusher knees and top of the line equipment, this one of a kind tug truly was a work of art.