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January 20, 2011

Remembering legendary boat builder Buddy Davis

Davis began building boats in boats in 1973...

Legendary boat builder Carson "Buddy" Davis died Monday, January 16 at age 62. Davis began building boats in boats in 1973, in the now-iconic Outer Banks tradition. As his boats gained renown, so did the Carolina style, with the trademark sharp entry and flared bow, executed by Davis in modern materials. He was one of the first builders to pair diagonal mahogany plywood with fiberglass for his hulls.

His designs were collaboration with marine architect Donald Blount formed the basis for several boatbuilding companies, and lead to the production of some 300 boats over the course of his career.