, also known as American Expedition Yachts (AEY) was founded in 2005 by a group of yacht-building veterans. Stuart Archer, formerly of Northern Marine, serves as Vice President of Sales and Product Development. The shipyard is in Anacortes, Washington. American Expedition Yachts focuses on building single-engine, fiberglass expedition yachts from 70 to 100 feet. Expedition found that, rather than a drop in large, expedition-sized yachts over the years, there seemed to be a demand for larger and larger yachts. Expedition yacht builders achieve their reliability and seaworthiness through
a variety of design and engineering features, some of which hearken back to the fishing trawlers of yore. Other designs incorporate advanced construction techniques. While the yachts typically share design characteristics such as a traditional, “salty” exterior with a raised pilothouse, Portuguese bridge and high bulwarks, the builders’ design philosophies vary widely in other areas. Some of the yachts have a single engine for optimum efficiency, while others have twins. American Expedition Yachts range between 80’ to 100’.