COOS BAY — Giddings Boat Works has two boats in the works — the first since 1999. The Patriot, owned by Mike Pettis, and The Miss Emily, owned by Todd Whaley.
Both will be crabbing and shrimping boats, said Ray Cox, president of Giddings.
The massive steel structures are 67 feet by 25 feet for The Patriot and 72 feet by 28 feet for The Miss Emily. Material from Far West Steel and Chapel Steel was used. There are three to eight builders working on the boats at any given time, Cox said.
Once the outer part of The Patriot is finished, it will sail up to Newport where the interior will be completed, Cox said. He said both vessels should be done by November.
“We’re really working hard to get them done by crab season,” Cox said.
He said the projects were a hopeful sign for his company. The company has grown slowly from nine employees when Cox bought the business five and a half years ago, to 30 employees.
“We hope to get our name back out there,” Cox said.
Cox said he hoped to get more orders.
“Hopefully we’ll get at least one a year,” he said.
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