From the Petoskey News-Review: Steve Van Dam, the founder of Van Dam Custom Boats, pays close attention to detail. It is this attention to detail that has made Van Dam custom wooden boats sought after by people from all over the world.
Van Dam started his company in 1977. He and his son, Ben, have built an international reputation for designing and building some of the finest wooden boats in the world. In mid-June, they opened a new venture, Boyne Boat Yard, a full-service marina.
“In our boat-building business, we have a reputation for quality and first-class service,” Steve Van Dam said. “With the addition of Boyne Boat Yard, we are hoping to develop a marine center with that same kind of reputation.”
With the expertise Van Dam has on the boat building site, he, Ben, his son and company co-owner, and Robert Linn, a new chief operating officer hired to run Boyne Boat Yard, have a vision for a full-service marine center. In addition to boat storage, the center will do woodworking, metal working, electrical systems and big retro-fittings.
“For example, maybe a yacht owner wants to change out a galley or the electronic navigation,” Steve Van Dam said. “We could do that.”
“We want owners to bring their yachts in here and no matter what needs to be done, we are able to do a quality job, right here, the first time. With our experience, we understand what owners are talking about when they describe what they want,” Linn said. Full story.