Few people in the world of boat building have had the impact of Bob Dougherty, who at different times worked with Boston Whaler, Everglades, and Edgewater Boats. At the age of 85, Bob stayed active in the industry right up until his final days.

Bob Dougherty kept working on boat design and construction, right up to today.

Bob Dougherty kept working on boat design and construction, right up to 2016.



Dougherty began his career at Boston Whaler back in 1960, and soon became the Chief Designer and SVP of Engineering for this incredibly well-known company. His 30 year career there included developing the unsinkable hull, and bringing deep-V hull designs to Whalers. In 1992, he went off on his own and became a co-founder of Edgewater Powerboats, which he ran until 1995. Then, starting R.J. Dougherty & Associates, he built fiberglass parts and eventually developed the RAMCAP (Rapid Molded Core Assembly Process) molding method, and in 2001, used it to launch Everglades Boats.

Bob Dougherty’s 50-year-plus career generated three NMMA Innovation Awards (1999, 2002, and 2005) and has impacted the lives of tens of thousands of powerboaters—literally everyone standing on the decks of a Boston Whaler, Edgewater, or Everglades has benefitted to some degree from his contributions to the industry. All of us here at boats.com join the entire marine industry in bidding Bob a fond farewell.

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