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Homer, Alaska: Bay Weld Boats ride crest of recognition

Photo provided - Bay Weld Boats is currently constructing a new 33-foot vessel for the Alaska State Troopers.
Photo provided - Bay Weld Boats. Currently constructing a new
33-foot vessel for the Alaska State Troopers.

• Government marine vessels now Homer-grown specialty 

By Naomi Klouda
Homer Tribune

Agencies like the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the Alaska State Troopers face special tasks in Kachemak Bay and Cook Inlet waters. Buying a vessel that helps them get the job done isn’t as easy as going to a showroom floor and picking out a boat.

No, the ability to tailor vessels to agencies’ unique roles is the distinction at Bay Weld Boats, a Homer-grown company that recently passed a milestone in ever-wider spreading recognition. The custom aluminum boat builder and repair shop that was started by Allen Engebretsen in 1974 has been busy meeting new contracts that have employed a dozen Homer specialists.

This winter, Bay Welding Service-Bay Weld Boats is at work on three custom patrol vessels for the Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Department of Fish and Game and http://homertribune.com/2011/12/bay-weld-boats-ride-crest-of-recognition/