Hargrave has been building yachts since the 1950s, and throughout its history, the shipyard has strengthened a reputation for inspiring yacht designs. In fact, the company originally only focused on design. Founder of the company Jack Hargrave, the famed marine designer, worked closely with other top U.S. yacht builders including Hatteras and Burger, helping to launch various brands.
In 1997, the yacht company transitioned from design to designing and building its own extravagance yachts. The company swiftly made a name for itself. Hargrave has won various awards for its sporty tri-decks and sportfish-inspired motor yachts. Hargrave yachts feature modern interiors, matched with sleek profiles.
A Horizon yacht has a distinguishing look. The company’s yachts have stately exterior finishes with tons of classic nautical architectural aspects. Inside, too, Horizon yachts have many figures. Most Horizon yachts feature creating a light, sprawling windows, and airy interior spaces.
At present, the company constructs yachts in the 56- to 150-foot range, and their offerings include tri-decks, power catamarans, and raised pilothouse motor yachts.
If you are looking for a power cat, that’s a Horizon masterpiece. The company’s PC Series features a variety of mid-sized power cats up to about 80 feet long, with various concept yachts in the works. Yet, Horizon does it all. You will find Horizon yachts in just about any fashion, from Fast Displacement yachts (FD Series), even to customized tri-decks (CC Series).
The Burger yacht Company is one of the most historic shipbuilders in the U.S. Formerly launched in 1863, and the company has built over 500 yachts in its history (more than 250 of which are still in operation currently). The company was a pathfinder in steel yacht building, but now, Burger primary builds aluminum yachts.
Burger presents a range of custom tri-deck motor yachts, varying from 112- to 214-foot motor yachts. Burger boats have a unique look and feel. They have roomy deck areas, like the wrap-around deck on its current 214-foot tri-deck concept, as well as innovative exterior lounge areas.
10. Delta Marine
For more than 50 years now, Delta Marine has been producing world-class motor yachts from its headquarters in Seattle, no wonder we featured it on the list of best US yacht builders. The boatbuilder is known for its silky exterior designs. Delta Marine yachts highlight clean, flowing lines throughout, and the company produces a range of raised pilothouse and tri-deck motor yachts.
Plus, the interiors are entirely custom. That said, no two Delta Marine yachts look the same, and the insides are as unique as their owners. Delta yachts are similarly well-known for their performance. Several feature performance-minded hulls and focus on state-of-the-art displacement systems.
Nordlund uses an expandable hull design to lay up most new yachts and makes the tooling for each superstructure in-house. After the boat is launched, the constructor destroys that tooling, so no two Nordlunds are always the same.
While the shipyard will work with various yacht designers, it is known for its longtime collaboration with marine architecture firm R. Edwin Monk. “Ed Monk has built all but just three boats in the last 45 hulls,” Nordlund states.
Yacht buyers who are fishermen prize Nordlund for its yacht fisher, a category of oceangoing netting yachts that the yard helped to develop. In August, Nordlund went on and launched a 115-foot (35-meter) expedition yachtfisher with marine architecture by Monk and interior layout by Mary Flores Yacht Interiors.
12.Made in Maine
When most yachtsmen think about Maine, they think of smaller, handcrafted boats made of wood. But Maine also is haven to shipyards that build custom yachts in a range of materials. Here is a glimpse at two of the biggest players.