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Roughwater Yachts began in 1969 with an all-wood 35 foot yacht. Three years later, this model received a fiberglass hull, and an all-wood 41 Roughwater Pilothouse was produced. The 41 Pilothouse received its fiberglass hull around 1975 and in 1979 received the fiberglass deck. Roughwater Boats closed around 1986, however a few boats trickled out of the CC Chen boatyard in Taiwan. It seems there were special order boats for those that knew where to go for Roughwater. After that, Mickelson Yachts came around, and the 46' Roughwater was built under their name. Harold Paris set up his Marina Del Rey office in 1970 and began importing Roughwater Boats from Taiwan. Mr. Paris set up four dealers, one in Seattle, two others in California, and one in Florida. On September 30, 1983 Harold Paris sold Roughwater Boats to Marvin Finell a retired attorney from Beverly Hills and Bob Ajeman. Mr. Ajeman asked to be bought out by Finell because of differences almost immediately after the partnership, and Finell agreed. The name during this time was changed to Roughwater Yachts Inc. In 1986 Harold Paris was awarded all the assets of Roughwater Boats because of default by the purchaser of 1983. A few months later Mr. Paris made an agreement with C. C. Chen Boatyard so they could continue building the boats. C. C. Chen produced and marketed Roughwater Boats and H. Paris stayed involved with the boat builder until 1990.

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