SOUTH KITSAP — SAFE Boats International recently delivered a 65-foot coastal command boat to the Navy. The only one that will be built, it provides a stepping stone to 85-footers now under construction.
The Bremerton company signed a $35 million contract in May 2012 to manufacture five of the larger boats with an option for a sixth. It opened a large-craft production facility at the Port of Tacoma because they’re too big to take on the road, and the Bremerton plant isn’t on the water.
“Delivering the CCB is a major step forward for SAFE Boats as we move into building larger boat platforms and systems,” said CEO Dennis Morris in a news release. “We are now in the unique position to offer our global customers a wide range of platform sizes to meet their broad mission needs.”
Between Bremerton and Tacoma, the 16-year-old company employs nearly 400 people. About 100 were hired to work on the bigger boats, officials said.