Positioned along North Carolina’s stunning coastline, the ENC region is the marine manufacturing capital of the East Coast. Boat and other marine-related manufacturers leverage the area’s strength in other clusters—plastics, metals, and wood— in addition to producing navigational equipment and electrical components. The eastern North Carolina area is home to nearly 50 elite boatbuilders and hundreds of marine-related businesses.

Specialized training programs at local community colleges:

Beaufort County Community College and Carteret Community College both offer Boat Manufacture and Service Technology programs. Students learn the basics of boat design and the implementation of those designs in various components and/or complete boats or yachts. Upon graduation, students are ready for immediate employment in the manufacture and service of boats.

  • BCCC offers a Diploma in Boat Construction
  • CCC offers a Composite Boat Manufacturing Diploma and a Marine Services Diploma

Innovative Industry Sectors

Food & Beverage
Machinery & Metals
Wood & Paper Products
Chemicals & Plastics

industry leaders

Military Bases

Caldwell Marine Design
Grady-White Boats
Hatteras Yachts
Iconic Marine Group
Jarrett Bay
MJM Yachts
Pacific Seacraft
Pair Marine
Parker Boats
World Cat
Onslow Bay Boatworks
Winter Custom Yachts
Waterline Systems
Beta Marine USA
B & B Yacht Designs
Zimmerman Marine
Intruder Boats
Jones Brother Marine