On the Way

Coastal Craft has 34 new builds sched­uled to launch be­fore the end of 2019. The com­pany of­fers mod­els from 30 to 65 feet length over­all.

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wide spec­trum on the larger boats — there’s a lot of op­por­tu­nity” for cus­tomiza­tion, he says. ¶ Coastal Craft has a tra­di­tion of wel­com­ing new clients into its cir­cle of friends and fam­ily, lead­ing to long-term, mul­ti­ves­sel re­la­tion­ships. Ac­cord­ing to Rhodes, one of the big­gest lessons he’s learned dur­ing Coastal Craft’s 22-year jour­ney is to lis­ten to his cus­tomers. ¶ “They shape the com­pany,” he says. “They’re the cat­a­lyst.” ¶ Rhodes ex­pects Coastal Craft to launch 16 new builds this year, and he fore­casts 18 more launches in 2019. He re­mains com­mit­ted to the Pa­cific North­west, and speaks ex­cit­edly about the com­pany’s re­cent east­ward ex­pan­sion (see “East­ward Ho!” page 70). Still, he says, roughly 80 per­cent of all Coastal Craft builds are en­joyed within a few hun­dred nau­ti­cal miles of Gib­sons and en­able open-wa­ter ad­ven­tures such as cross­ing the Gulf of Alaska at 30-plus knots. ¶ As for his own bucket-list ad­ven­ture aboard a Coastal Craft, Rhodes’ in­ter­nal com­pass swings north. ¶ “The North­west Pas­sage is my dream trip, but I’d prob­a­bly take the 45, not the big one,” he says. “I think it’s the right boat for the trip.”

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