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MARK McMANUS®

Legendary Boat Builder & President of Apache Powerboats

Mark McMANUS

Mark McManus® was born into a family of shipbuilders and began visiting his grandfather’s shipyard at a young age. After studying architecture design and mechanical engineering, Mark began his career with Halter Marine, managing the construction of 65-foot yachts. In 1977, Halter Marine purchased Cigarette Boats, and Mark supervised the construction of Cigarette models from 20 to 41 feet.

In 1978, Mark built the first 38-foot Kevlar hull “Ajac Hawk,” which won three World Championships for Cigarette Racing Team. He continued to develop innovative hull materials and designs, including the first diesel offshore performance hull and the Apache 41, which became the most sought-after and copied boats in offshore racing.

In 1984, Mark joined Don Aronow as Vice President of the USA Racing Team, building high-speed catamarans that became the choice of US Customs authorities for drug smuggling interdiction.

In the following year, Mark took on further responsibility for overseeing the daily management of Apache Boats, Inc.

Today, as President of Apache Powerboats, Mark continues to build and restore high-performance offshore boats ranging from 20 to 65 feet in length, using his vast knowledge and experience to ensure each boat is a showpiece of exquisite quality, power, and offshore performance.

Mark McManus® was born into a family of shipbuilders and began visiting his grandfather’s shipyard at a young age. After studying architecture design and mechanical engineering, Mark began his career with Halter Marine, managing the construction of 65-foot yachts. In 1977, Halter Marine purchased Cigarette Boats, and Mark supervised the construction of Cigarette models from 20 to 41 feet.

In 1978, Mark built the first 38-foot Kevlar hull “Ajac Hawk,” which won three World Championships for Cigarette Racing Team. He continued to develop innovative hull materials and designs, including the first diesel offshore performance hull and the Apache 41, which became the most sought-after and copied boats in offshore racing.

In 1984, Mark joined Don Aronow as Vice President of the USA Racing Team, building high-speed catamarans that became the choice of US Customs authorities for drug smuggling interdiction.

 

In the following year, Mark took on further responsibility for overseeing the daily management of Apache Boats, Inc.

Today, as President of Apache Powerboats, Mark continues to build and restore high-performance offshore boats ranging from 20 to 65 feet in length, using his vast knowledge and experience to ensure each boat is a showpiece of exquisite quality, power, and offshore performance.

McManus hand Shake

Apart from building new boats, Mark McManus and Apache Powerboats provide custom manufacturing, maintenance, repair, and restoration of boats. McManus has restored half of the Apache boats he originally built in the ‘80s and early ‘90s. These were refurbished, not reconstructed, meaning the hulls were still in perfect condition; the new owners were interested in updating the look of the boats.

 

Throughout his career, McManus has manufactured in excess of 600 offshore boats, and he has been widely recognized by boating industry leaders for his numerous design innovations. McManus was the first to successfully use Kevlar® and carbon fiber in his hull designs to enhance the safety and durability of high-performance boats. Anodized, polished, laser-engraved aluminum, padded dashes, centerline steering, staggered engines, and theme boats with innovative graphics are all features that McManus developed and introduced into the boating industry. Today, these upgraded features can be found throughout the high-performance boating industry.

 

Using ballistics-grade Kevlar49 and pure 100% carbon fiber to his design specifications, along with hand-laid laminates and military-grade resins, McManus boats are precisely constructed to execute solid performance in the most adverse sea conditions. Precise alignment, balance, and weight distribution of internal components create a vibration-free performance, offering a stable and secure ride while attaining the fastest average speeds.

 

McManus hulls are known to last 30-plus years, unheard of in a high-performance boat designed for rough offshore seas. The hull lifespan, safety record, and unmatched quality command a higher resale value than any other 40’ high-performance deep-vee in the market today.

 

Every McManus boat is created to the client’s specifications, making each a showpiece of exquisite quality, power, and offshore performance. Hand-painted artwork, graphics, instrumentation, and cockpit designs are as unique as the owners.

 

McManus’ powerboats continue to rewrite powerboat history with their fit, finish, and ability to dominate and deliver in offshore waters at excessive speeds. One aspect about the new and refurbished boats is that once you see the project, you will remember the boat and its unique features for a long time.

Apart from building new boats, Mark McManus and Apache Powerboats provide custom manufacturing, maintenance, repair, and restoration of boats. McManus has restored half of the Apache boats he originally built in the ‘80s and early ‘90s. These were refurbished, not reconstructed, meaning the hulls were still in perfect condition; the new owners were interested in updating the look of the boats.

Throughout his career, McManus has manufactured in excess of 600 offshore boats, and he has been widely recognized by boating industry leaders for his numerous design innovations. McManus was the first to successfully use Kevlar® and carbon fiber in his hull designs to enhance the safety and durability of high-performance boats. Anodized, polished, laser-engraved aluminum, padded dashes, centerline steering, staggered engines, and theme boats with innovative graphics are all features that McManus developed and introduced into the boating industry. Today, these upgraded features can be found throughout the high-performance boating industry.

Using ballistics-grade Kevlar49 and pure 100% carbon fiber to his design specifications, along with hand-laid laminates and military-grade resins, McManus boats are precisely constructed to execute solid performance in the most adverse sea conditions. Precise alignment, balance, and weight distribution of internal components create a vibration-free performance, offering a stable and secure ride while attaining the fastest average speeds.

McManus hulls are known to last 30-plus years, unheard of in a high-performance boat designed for rough offshore seas. The hull lifespan, safety record, and unmatched quality command a higher resale value than any other 40’ high-performance deep-vee in the market today.

Every McManus boat is created to the client’s specifications, making each a showpiece of exquisite quality, power, and offshore performance. Hand-painted artwork, graphics, instrumentation, and cockpit designs are as unique as the owners.

McManus’ powerboats continue to rewrite powerboat history with their fit, finish, and ability to dominate and deliver in offshore waters at excessive speeds. One aspect about the new and refurbished boats is that once you see the project, you will remember the boat and its unique features for a long time.

McManus hand Shake

Apart from building new boats, Mark McManus and Apache Powerboats provide custom manufacturing, maintenance, repair, and restoration of boats. McManus has restored half of the Apache boats he originally built in the ‘80s and early ‘90s. These were refurbished, not reconstructed, meaning the hulls were still in perfect condition; the new owners were interested in updating the look of the boats.

 

Throughout his career, McManus has manufactured in excess of 600 offshore boats, and he has been widely recognized by boating industry leaders for his numerous design innovations. McManus was the first to successfully use Kevlar® and carbon fiber in his hull designs to enhance the safety and durability of high-performance boats. Anodized, polished, laser-engraved aluminum, padded dashes, centerline steering, staggered engines, and theme boats with innovative graphics are all features that McManus developed and introduced into the boating industry. Today, these upgraded features can be found throughout the high-performance boating industry.

 

Using ballistics-grade Kevlar49 and pure 100% carbon fiber to his design specifications, along with hand-laid laminates and military-grade resins, McManus boats are precisely constructed to execute solid performance in the most adverse sea conditions. Precise alignment, balance, and weight distribution of internal components create a vibration-free performance, offering a stable and secure ride while attaining the fastest average speeds.

 

McManus hulls are known to last 30-plus years, unheard of in a high-performance boat designed for rough offshore seas. The hull lifespan, safety record, and unmatched quality command a higher resale value than any other 40’ high-performance deep-vee in the market today.

 

Every McManus boat is created to the client’s specifications, making each a showpiece of exquisite quality, power, and offshore performance. Hand-painted artwork, graphics, instrumentation, and cockpit designs are as unique as the owners.

 

McManus’ powerboats continue to rewrite powerboat history with their fit, finish, and ability to dominate and deliver in offshore waters at excessive speeds. One aspect about the new and refurbished boats is that once you see the project, you will remember the boat and its unique features for a long time.

Every McManus boat is created to the client’s specifications, making each a showpiece of exquisite quality, power, and offshore performance. Hand-painted artwork, graphics, instrumentation, and cockpit designs are as unique as the owners.

McManus’ powerboats continue to rewrite powerboat history with their fit, finish, and ability to dominate and deliver in offshore waters at excessive speeds. One aspect about the new and refurbished boats is that once you see the project, you will remember the boat and its unique features for a long time.

McManus hand Shake
McManus Restoration

McMANUS RECORDS

 

Creating the first 38-foot offshore race boat built with Kevlar in 1977, subsequently winning three consecutive world championships.

– Building the first 40-foot and 50-foot Deep-V pleasure and race boat models using Kevlar and Kevlar Carbon laminates.

– Pioneering centerline steering, the standard for high performance safety.

– Building the first sit-down canopy, Deep-V, triple-engine super boat.

– Pioneering the use of staggered engines using 18-inch to 22-inch centerline in both racing and pleasure models.

– Building the first high performance, 100-year capable Deep-V race boat from Kevlar 149 composite, which went on to win two world titles.

– Restoring and Throttling the Apache Star that broke the world speed record from Key West to Cuba

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