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.
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.”