How did Paul Mann Learn to Build Boats?
What Type of Boats does he Build?
Growing up as a teenager along North
Carolina's Outer Banks, Paul was exposed to a variety of boats and water
activities. From his earliest years, boating and fishing were a part of his
life. At a young age he began to mate on charter boats. At 20 years of
age Paul received his Captain's License and began his own off-shore fishing
Shortly after high school Paul also began
to work in boat building. During the times he was not fishing he had the
fortune of working along side local legends such as Sunny Briggs and Omie
Tillett in traditional Carolina boat
In 1988, Paul built his personal sport
fishing boat under his company of Mann Boat Works. While continuing to build
boats, in 1992 he incorporated his company to Mann Custom Boats, Inc. Since
incorporation Mann Custom Boats has developed into a 40,200 square foot
facility manufacturing custom sport fishing boats.
experiences fishing and handling different boats helped him formulate his
ideas of a superior, sea worthy boat. Coupling this experience with the
knowledge gained in the boat building industry makes Paul exceptionally
qualified to design and build superior custom boats. Running boats you've
built with your own hands, ideas and knowledge brings special insights as to
what it takes to build a sea worthy, user friendly sport fisher.
What's so special about a Paul Mann Custom
Boat? For starters, the combination of time tested techniques married with
the latest in high-tech materials, technology and processes. The
traditional wood plank on frame construction with plywood overlay provides
the core of the boat. Tricel, honeycomb, decolite and foam are just a few
of the "newer tricks" that make our boats very light compared to other boats
of equal size. But it's the design that allows our boats to perform
exceptionally well in all sea conditions, whether a following sea, side-to
or head-to sea. And, our boats do not need an exaggerated flair or an
exaggerated tumblehome to be a sleek, traditional true Carolina hull.
What else is special? Our process! We
build only 3 boats at a time, allowing better control of quality and
attention to details along with on-site supervision from Paul, without
excessive overhead. Our setup process is very versatile, using batons to
shape the shear and chine facilitates changes in length, width and height
without the expense of new jigs. Drawings and measurements based on Paul's
proven techniques are also used in shaping the boat. Setup costs are
Another interesting aspect about our
process is owner involvement... we build relationships as well as boats.
Our clients become part of the "design team" creating custom interiors to
match their imagination and life style. From drawings to completion, we
proudly build our own interiors, totally in-house to the owners'
specifications. Only the highest quality materials and amenity brands are
Mann Custom Boats is debt-free and owner
operated. We own the land and the buildings in our location in Manns
Harbor, North Carolina where we've been quietly handcrafting the finest
boats on the ocean.