rolling the limosine

Van Dam Custom Boats – Part One

By Bruce Niederer

In this issue I begin a two-part series that will feature a custom boat project being built at Van Dam Custom Boats in Boyne City, Michigan. We featured a Van Dam boat built in Epoxyworks 14, the beautiful and unique Alpha Z. We want to give our readers a glimpse into what is currently happening at this world-class boat shop.

I traveled to Boyne City in early May and was graciously greeted by Steve Van Dam, the owner and founder of the company. We chatted as Steve showed me around. He introduced me to the guys working on various projects including a modified Sandbagger sailboat and a 32’ VZ custom power boat reminiscent of Alpha Z.

We then went into the room where the Limousine was sitting. There were a couple guys working diligently on it installing one of the engines and fitting other various components. There certainly is no moss growing under anyone at this shop. Steve expects the boat to be completed and launched fairly early this summer. But this story begins much earlier, in autumn of 2014.

In part two, I will cover the build starting from where we stopped in this issue. You’ll see the cabin top, steering/nav station, the engine and electrical systems installed, finish applied and the completed boat.