Moose Boats acquired by Lind Marine

Lind Marine, a Petaluma, Calif., dredging contractor which provides tug and barge services in the San Francisco Bay area, announced the purchase today of aluminum boatbuilder Moose Boats.

Lind Marine currently operates a five-acre shipyard including a 430′ drydock and 1,600′ of linear pier on Mare Island in Vallejo, Calif. The acquisition of Moose Boats will ensure continuity of vessel production for the well-established patrol boat’s brand as well as complement a vertically integrated business model Lind Marine has developed over the past century, the company said. Since its founding in 1924, Lind Marine has evolved from a small-scale oyster shell mining operation to a company that provides a wide range of commercial marine services including towing, dredging, sand mining, aggregate barging and ship lightering. Lind Marine also offers ship repair services at its adjacent shipyard on Mare Island.

Vallejo, Calif.-based Moose Boat’s current vessel production will continue following its recent September relocation to a larger production facility at Mare Island in Vallejo. The move to Mare Island from the original facility at Port Sonoma Marina has allowed Moose to scale its current production line to meet demand for larger aluminum vessels and offer a wider range of boat designs. Moose also offers re-fit and maintenance services for aluminum vessels at the Mare Island facility.

Roger Fleck, founder and CEO of Moose Boats, will continue to serve as the company’s executive vice president and will oversee design direction under the company’s new CEO and president, Christian Lind. Christian Lind and Aaron Lind currently serve as vice presidents of Lind Marine and oversee the company’s daily operations. “The acquisition of Moose Boats brings an unparalleled capacity for metal fabrication, vessel rigging and boat design into our existing core business,” Christian Lind said in a statement. “We are grateful that Roger Fleck has agreed to stay on to direct our vessel designs in order to ensure that the Moose Boats brand continues to flourish as we expand the company’s infrastructure.”

Moose Boats was founded in 2000 by Roger Fleck and has delivered close to 100 military, law enforcement and fire rescue vessels. Moose’s boats are designed to meet a variety of mission-specific applications for law enforcement, fire/rescue, security and military service. The company has constructed patrol and law enforcement vessels for agencies throughout the U.S. including the the U.S. Park Police, Navy, Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office, Los Angeles Police Department, Oakland Police Department, San Francisco Police Department, and the Port Authority of NY/NJ.

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David Krapf

David Krapf has been editor of WorkBoat, the nation’s leading trade magazine for the inland and coastal waterways industry, since 1999. He is responsible for overseeing the editorial direction of the publication. Krapf has been in the publishing industry since 1987, beginning as a reporter and editor with daily and weekly newspapers in the Houston area. He also was the editor of a transportation industry daily in New Orleans before joining WorkBoat as a contributing editor in 1992. He has been covering the transportation industry since 1989, and has a degree in business administration from the State University of New York at Oswego, and also studied journalism at the University of Houston.

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