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Business opportunity for experienced sailmaker or canvas craftsman
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Dec 19, 2017, 6:14 AM

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We are looking for an experienced sailmaker or canvas craftsman to take over our sails and canvas business in Oriental NC. Half the business is custom canvas construction and repair – dodgers, biminis, enclosures, interior and exterior cushions. The other half is sail repair and new sails. We typically have several months backlog on the canvas side and several new sails on order all year around. This is a beautiful farmland and forest setting on the Neuse River, 5 miles wide here in Oriental, forming the mouth of Pamlico Sound. We have over 1200 boats in the county and 5000 boats within an hours’ drive. We have a fully heated and air conditioned 60’x40’ metal building built in 2002, 85% of which is a raised floor, 3 sailmaking machines and 3 canvas machines. We design, cut and bend our own bimini and dodger frames in house. There is a small but active PHRF racing scene, OD racing in Sunfish, Ensigns and San Juan 21’s and myriad cruising destinations around the Sound, either hours or days distant. The climate is mild year-round, temperatures mitigated by the numerous river basins, Pamlico Sound and the Gulf Stream only about 75 miles east. Our clientele is often referred by previous customers and many are on their 2nd or 3rd boat with us. We work closely with all 3 service yards in the area, often servicing visiting yachts from up and down the East Coast, who in turn spread our name throughout the cruising community. This is tremendously rewarding work and we have done very well over the years but we are nearing retirement and would like to begin an exit strategy with someone who would like to escape traffic, winter and congestion while servicing our customers with the same high quality products and service we have become known for.

Mark Weinheimer

Doyle InnerBanks
112 Straight Road
Oriental, NC 28571

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