Custom yacht builder Northern Marine has acquired the assets of the Glas-Ply boat company, a 46 year-old brand known for its durable line of fiberglass models from 7′-28′. Northern Marine will bring production to its Anacortes, Washington, facility, turning Glas-Ply into a custom-made offering for the industry.
Northern Marine president Andy McDonald said he wanted to not only give clients a quality option for a yacht tender, but breathe life back into a well-made boat line with a loyal following. “I’ve been a big fan of Glas-Ply my whole life. I grew up running them, and still own one,” he said.
Historically known for their rugged construction, Glas-Ply models will now be made with closed cell foam cores and vacuum infused hulls to uphold that reputation. The hull and deck are fitted and glassed together in the mold for exceptional strength. With a range of gasoline outboard and diesel sterndrive powered models, the Glas-Ply offering runs from small open runabouts up to cabin cruisers.
“These are solid boats that hold up over time. There are many Glas-Ply models from the 1970s that are still being used for crabbing, fishing and running around Puget Sound,” said McDonald.
Glas-Ply has seen several owners during its history, most recently with Jerry Caldwell. Production stopped more than 10 years ago.
“Glas-Ply is a unique boat line, and I’m glad we have the opportunity to offer these quality designs to people again. We’ll continue to live up to the brand’s reputation for durability, now in a custom offering,” said McDonald.
Northern Marine has a long history of building world-class, fully-customized luxury yachts and long range expedition yachts. The company’s quality craftsmanship is enhanced by efficient manufacturing techniques such as modular building and bead and cove construction.