Founded in 2000 by a partnership between boatbuilding legend Buddy Cannady and charter boat captain/builder Billy Maxwell, BB Boats quickly found a market for its traditionally built, Carolina-styled hulls.
During a career spanning 30 years, Cannady has built boats ranging in size from 16-foot skiffs to 58-foot sport-fishers while all of the BB Boats launched thus far have been between 55 and 59 feet.
In the tradition of the Carolina builders, we loft our boats ourselves, and we
use the experience of actually fishing these boats in some of the roughest
conditions, combined with the many, many hulls under our belts, to achieve a
smooth, dry, efficient ride.
Using the same building techniques that have proven effective for Carolina
builders since the mid-1900’s, BB Boats are double stick-framed,
juniper-and-plywood planked. While we build boats the same way pioneers such as
Warren O'Neal did, advances in technology are always welcome in our shop. We use
high-tech materials such as Gougeon Bros. epoxy, AB fir plywood and Knytex 1708
bi-axil fiberglass cloth. The technology and new materials continue to offer
positive changes, but the main goal of the BB Boats team is to stick with
materials that have proven themselves in terms of both performance and cost.
The balance between power and the overall weight of the boat is critical to a
boat’s efficiency. Our boats are known for their seaworthiness; the compromise
lies in the weight of the engines versus the amount of deadrise engineered into
the design. By building with the “architect” of over 100 hulls BB Boats clients
are ensured quality, comfort, economy and performance.
Our situation is unique to the Carolina Builders, in that everyone who works at
BB Boats are also active captains or mates at the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center,
running fishing charters from April through at least November. Therefore our
boats must be made available to the owner in one winter’s time. This
time-restraint contributes to the overall lower cost of our boats.
While seven months may seem a short amount of time to build a custom Carolina
sportfish, an honest rapport with our clients makes customization simple. In our
timeframe we have built all the finer attributes that Carolina yachts are known
for; just not all on one boat. Delivery date, in our case, is a top priority and
in order to have a Carolina sportfish within a year we work closely with our
clients to determine which upgrades are paramount to their enjoyment and in
keeping with their budget.
Cannady and Maxwell strive to uphold the long tradition of the Outer Banks
boatbuilders and build boats that not only look good, but are built to last. “We
provide a good price, on time delivery and classic Carolina-styling on a boat
that's built to last for many years to come” states Cannady. Our goal is to work
closely with our buyers to map out what they want on their boat, versus what
they can really use (and maintain) -- as well as the affordability in terms of