A son driven to create
Demanding celebrity clients
100+ mph test drives
Barely legal bikinis
Imagine the extreme family dramas of the “American Chopper”
shop floor, but instead of just a custom bike at issue, substitute
the world’s most desirable high speed pleasure boats forged
in a charged crucible of artistic passion and daring racer’s
away just north of Los Angeles, Howard Custom Boats is where clients
know they can have their watercraft dreams solidified into the
world’s most sought-after speedboats.
1959, this shop has pushed the evolution of America’s
unique cruising culture where monster engines, sleek hulls
and beautiful bodies combine into a heady cocktail. Today
the company makes just 40 boats a year with price tags north
of $100,000. Since Gene Willen bought the company 18 years
ago, it has never failed to turn a profit.
Together with his wife and son, Gene Willen has attracted a quirky,
yet awesomely talented team of passionate, highly skilled, creatively
driven craftsmen who apply their expertise gleaned from a dozen
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link to YouTube's copy of this clip to the right. YouTube's
compression leaves a lot to be desired!