Dutch Harbor has doubled its GTFO docks, making the shopping and boating hub one of the most traveled destinations in the wider Blake area. Visitors have also reported that the island has added more stores and finally opened some of the tunnel network under the island to the public.
Travelers looking to see the explosive side of nature up close can go to Orwood, where a live volcano spews molten boulders on a protected waterway. Visitors and tour groups should follow this link: Volcano Orwood (link).
A new boat, a “skutje,” has been added to the list of boats available for viewing at Dutch Harbor. As with all of the craft created by Bandit, Boss, and the Mesh Shop, the craft is a high quality and unique product. It is however, not for sale.
Boat enthusiasts have been increasingly frustrated by the companies which are so committed to excellence that they fail to release some products. “They have as many finished projects as they do unfinished,” griped one customer.
“It’s a workload issue,” a staffer at Boating Triweekly Magazine. “Many of the unfinished craft are waiting for scripting and engine testing. What makes the consumers crazy is that they see the boat itself finished, but are told it’s ‘look, don’t touch.'”
A “Dutchie” has sent us this photo of a secret shop near Dutch Harbor where Bandit Boat is handcrafting an IF sailboat. They also sent some photos of other projects at the location, including the Boss 665, a houseboat, several freight carrying vessels, and an unusual hull. Those photos haven’t cleared our legal team, but show that Bandit and Boss Boats are still active.
Established boat makers are facing more competition as manufacturers that once were working on other products move into the lucrative boat market, and others begin to meet the high bar set by lead manufacturers.
“Competition can be a positive driver,” said WBA President Sketch Sun, “especially if the products follow the Waterbank Fair Trade and Ethical Guidelines.”
Remi Messmer is one such up and comer, releasing boats with lower prim counts than ever before and finding market niches. The new Messmer product, the Aphrodite (link), is a classic wood paneled luxury cruiser.
Amariah Francis is another company that is getting into boats. Their new Touring Trawler (link) is even outfitted with the NTBI GPS Fuel System, and a number of other competitive features.
“It’s an exciting time in boating,” said the editor of Boating Bimonthly. “All these new boats with lots of space to move around in and with features. They’re all hitting a niche too. The new Aphrodite is hitting a niche that could have been hit by Boss Boats [Bandit Boats]. Two years ago they put out a brochure about an upcoming product, the Boss 670, a classic luxury cruiser. They built it, and it’s been sitting in a testing dock ever since. Messmer came out with theirs and now people are clamoring for a unique product. If the established boat makers don’t push out their products, someone else may catch their market.”
Dutch Harbor – The Mesh Shop has launched a new luxurious skiff at Dutch Harbor, and recreational boaters are already talking about it.
“For diving you need Feral’s RB,” said one Water Activities Coordinator at a Blake Sea resort, “but for cruisin’ and smoochin’ Mesh Shop’s gotta nice ride!”
Follow the Dutch Harbor link at left or see pictures of it here (link).
Waterbank News has opened a satellite office at Feral Marine’s Tsotchke island, subsidized by Feral Marine.
“It means more news from around the world,” said an excited Editor In Chief, “and we’ve even got a drop box for people to add their own stories. Thanks to Feral, our reach just got longer!”
Aspiring reporters and interested parties can find the office, along with several boat demos at Tschotchke (link).