H17-1960. New Holland Marine Group. Papers, 2017. 1 folder.
Formerly known as Westease Yacht Service. Westease Yacht Service, Inc. started business in 1985 by Jon Easley and Will Westrate as a mobile repair business servicing and modifying high performance racing sailboats. The partners took advantage of a truth little known outside the world of racing: Owners of racing boats will go to any length to gain an edge in speed or maneuverability. The business grew over the years, occupying some of Holland’s historic boat building facilities. The Campbell/Beacon Boat Works location on South Shore Drive from 1985 to 1990, the Chris Craft facility from 1990 to 2001, and the Broward Yachts location in Saugatuck from 2001 to 2007. During the ‘90s, the firm diversified into other industries utilizing their core competencies in composite fabrication. Some notable projects included building composite doors for military containers, sign facades used on national landmarks, and experimental carbon fiber fifth wheels for the trucking industry. The company has been a parts supplier for a number of companies including Tiara Yachts in Holland, Michigan, and Melges Boat Works in Zenda, Wisconsin. The company built production tooling for Offshore Spars in Chesterfield, Michigan, a company that supports the mega yacht industry in Europe. In 1989, the company built updated production molds of the International 110 sailboat. Over the years, new boats were built and delivered to clients from the Midwest to the east coast. Construction of the 110 continues today. Through the 1990s, the company built numerous custom racing sailboats for clients and notable naval architects successfully competing in events worldwide. The collection includes the 2017 history of the company titled “Westease Yacht Service-New Holland Marine Group” and three digital images of boats under construction. (N)
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