Boat makers diversify to stay afloat

HOPE FLOATS: LaserPerformance employee Joel Furtado patches a “flying junior” at the Portsmouth company. The firm is in the process of hiring 15 full-time employees for a new production line. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY
HOPE FLOATS: LaserPerformance employee Joel Furtado patches a “flying junior” at the Portsmouth company. The firm is in the process of hiring 15 full-time employees for a new production line. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY
Even if demand for yachts never returns to where it was before the recession, manufacturers and craftsmen will still be making boats in Rhode Island. The centuries-old recreational marine industry centered in the East Bay is smaller than it was a decade ago, but is evolving and diversifying as companies position themselves for the recovery.…

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