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What's happening with Alaskan these days?

Discussion in 'Alaskan Yacht' started by PropBet, Jan 24, 2010.

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  1. PropBet

    PropBet Senior Member

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    Had a friend inquire about one from a brokerage boat he came across. Did some digging around. I see their web site has had an "under construction" for some time, with an email to inquiry for info, however it apparently falls on deaf ears. Sent an email a couple weeks ago, nothing in return.

    Anyone know of anything current with Alaskan Yachts?
  2. Kafue

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    Hi PropBet,
    A few years ago I was also interested in the Alskan Yachts for their wonderful lines. They were built in Taiwan using molds that belonged to Oviatt Marine. I believe they are good boats and well built.
    Unfortunately, from what I gather on the internet, Oviatt Marine is no more. So I think you will find the molds still in Taiwan, maybe sold by the liquidator or kept by the build yard. The site seems to only be offering used vessels. Pity to see another builder gone.
    Regards
  3. PropBet

    PropBet Senior Member

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    Thanks for the info.
    You, much like me, can't dig up much about them these days.

    Cheers-
  4. BMS

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    This is one of my customers

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    Its a Grand Alaskan not Alaskan sorry
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    I believe that PropBet was asking about "Grand Alskans", not the older "woody" Alaskans.
    Nice boat.....
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    I love the boat shes from Mystic CT but hails out of Savannah now. Handles great and is very comfortable and functional a little old lady owns it.
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    I was inquiring about these guys: (who seems to have opened their web site)
    http://www.oviattmarine.com/ after some time of being "under construction" as noted earlier in the thread. It seems their site is back online, however I have no idea if their site is any indication on their yard being in production as well.
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    Friends of the family had a 75' Grand Alaskan, which was usually either at Dodson's in Stonington or Seaport Marine in Mystic when up north. Their business was in northern NJ. Wouldn't happen to be the same family, would it?
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    Not sure if it is or not I will send you a PM
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    I also have another customer on with a Grand Alaskan in the 50' range. She's due to have the hull scraped this week, I will try and post a pic of her on Friday (if I can remember my camera)
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    So, essentially it's dead but someone purchased the name.
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    Why acquire the name if you have no intention of using it? Seattle Yachts merged with Northwest Yachts (formerly owned by Peter Whiting) who became a managing partner. It appears they want to add new builds to their portfolio. Peter is well-versed in building boats, specifically trawler types. Acquiring Alaskan may be a strategic move.
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    I don't doubt their intent to do something with it and anxious to see what they do. However, the line as it existed, is no more. The one offering is an all new design. They've essentially started a new line of boats under the Alaskan name and intending to honor the heritage but not carrying any of the specific designs forward. I'm not questioning what they've done. Probably wise as the designs needed updating I would imagine. Just that they are not using the old molds or designs, only the branding.

    Far better than those that have acquired brands and done nothing at all with them. Much like Bertram has done. They've gone after the old style but the two boats offered are new from the ground up. In the spirit perhaps of Bertram. Probably a lot of things that were long overdue.

    I'm anxious to see what becomes of Alaskan as I think there is a definite need for the boat.

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