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When it was time for me to leave US Marine I was once again the lucky 
guy. Demand was high for the new process of milling tooling but very 
few people had the skills or software capable of creating 3D computer 
models with the level of detail and high degree of fair surfaces to take 
advantage of the technology. Today we think of how great it is to have 
parts milled so precisely but back then that was often a bad thing. Parts 
regularly needed intense hand work to correct poorly modeled sur‐
faces. So I went up to Janicki Machine Design for a visit and began doing 
contract CAD work for them.  After a short time we discovered that 
they dreamt of having clients who arrived with high quality files and I 
dreamt of having a yacht design office. Perfect! Pugh Yacht Design was 
born and they generously directed some very good clients my way. 
So there I was, a guy with reasonable skills, absolutely no reputation, 
but on the right side of a terrific funnel that brought me in contact with 
some of the legendary leaders in our industry. Several years went by 
with a wide variety of projects from 130‐foot megayachts to 22‐foot 
fishing boats but the core niche that I ended up in was with small pro‐
ductions builders who didn’t need or want a full time design/
engineering department. All was well until one of my clients, Glacier 
Bay Catamarans, grew to the point of adding a full time engineering 
department. I was offered the chance to experience senior manage‐
ment as VP of engineering and couldn’t resist. I mothballed Pugh Yacht 
and made the switch. 
Glacier Bay was a great company. More years went by, management 
was a good experience but not more fun than designing boats, the 
economy tanked, the founder left the company and they were in seri‐
ous downsizing mode. The picture was not good but amazingly enough 
good fortune stuck its head up again. An old client called to see if I 
could do some design work for them.  One thing lead to another, I  re‐
opened Pugh Yacht, continued transitional contract work with Glacier 
Bay as they shut down my old position, and got the contract with my 
previous client. That was 2007 and I’ve been busy ever since. In today’s 
economy I can’t explain it but somehow I’ve ended up with two clients, 
Ranger Tugs and Aspen Power Catamarans, who are defying our reces‐
sion by doing well. The projects I’ve had with them have been my favor‐
ites of the last 15 years, so I don’t blame the public for lining up and 
pulling out their semi‐light wallets. 
As that brings my story up to the present, I’ll close with a word of ap‐
preciation to Westlawn. You guys equipped me well for what has 
turned out to be a grand adventure. Dave and Norman, I keep your 
texts on my shelf and still pull them out from time to time to refresh my 
aging brain on topics that don’t get regular exercise. So thank you and 
keep up the good work! 
The First Glacier Bay 3470
LOA: 37’- 4”
BOA: 13’- 3”
David Pugh
9110 171ST Avenue SE
Snohomish, Washington 98290
Phone: 360.563.0172
FAX: 360.563.0374
Maxum 42 (US Marine)
LOA: 42’- 8”
BOA: 13’- 10”
Production from 2001 to 2008