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HISTORY OF SOUTHWEST BOAT
In 1937, the Chester Clements Yard was purchased by Henry Hinckleyand Lennox Sargent and renamed Southwest Boat Corporation. During WW II, many small boats were built by over 100 employees. Eventually, Hinckley withdrew and in 1964 Jon Briggs bought the yard. There were many ups and downs over the years.
In 1993, Audrey and Jeff Berzinis and Bonnie and Tom Sawyer purchased the yard and renamed it Southwest Boat Marine Services. It was in complete disrepair. While this reconstruction was going on, many times people would stop by and reminisce about the "good old days." New pilings, piers, buildings and more parking were added.
In 1998, the Sawyers' opted out and it continues today with the Berzinis.
In 1999, the MDI Community Sailing Center joined us, renting dockage, storage, and office space.
Summertime is bustling with people of all ages who want to be around boats and the water.
In 2002, the Aids to Navigation team of the U.S. Coast Guard came aboard.
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