Setting the Foundation

Paul Mann, a man of humble but purposeful beginnings, built his first hull, a 52.6' custom sport fisher named Mad Hatter in 1987. He began construction in a rented shop in Dare County, North Carolina. Culminated in this building was the thought of future foundations, laid not just underfoot, but in the legacy that would become Mann Custom Boats–a legacy that would be forever rooted in Carolina boat building. It was in 1988 that Paul set a foundation of his very own in Manns Harbor, North Carolina, as Paul Mann Boat Works, building the 53-foot charter vessel named Gannett. The heritage