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naval architecture and the computer pro-
grams used by the firm. Now a highly experi-
enced designer, Pat is the heir apparent to
the business.
Specmar’s primary activity is the design and
computer lofting of welded aluminum boats.
They provide the complete pre-cut kits, ready
to ship on a pallet, or more commonly, pro-
vide only the needed CAD data and drawings
for local builders to cut themselves. With an
extensive list of proven stock boats, Specmar
also provides pre-cut boat concepts and their
designs have been popular with smaller alu-
minum boatbuilding firms. Indeed, a number
of Specmar designs have been constructed
by individuals, building their first boat. Nu-
merous additional special designs in welded
aluminum, including RIBs and landing craft
for vessels up to 70-feet LOA are available.
Specmar further assists in providing contacts
for the economical purchase of aluminum products and plasma cutting.
Details of construction that have taken years to develop are subtly incorporated into each design to appreciably speed
production, improve accuracy, and minimize both shop time and man-hours. Specmar-designed hulls can be assembled,
for all practical purposes, without the need of a tape measure. Pre-notched interlocking parts, with sharp assembly marks
and layout lines marked on the cut plate, make assembly almost foolproof. Detailed assembly drawings and written
assembly instructions are provided with each design. And—of course—Steven Pollard wrote the book,
Boatbuilding With
Aluminum
, which is used as a guide by Specmar’s builders.
Westlawn / Profiles - Steven & Patrick Pollard
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5616 Landing Craft built in Batswana Africa used as a ferry in Na-
mibia, Africa. 61’-7” LOA, beam 16’-3”, draft max. 2-’4”, max.
speed light 25 knots, twin Nanni 6.4 TDI diesels, Hamilton jets
Foil-assisted catamaran,
Gravel Gerty
, Operated by London Jet.
42'-8” LOA, 15'-10” beam, 45 knot top speed.
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