100th boat … and counting

Bay Welding will host an open house from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, celebrating the completion of its 100th boat, 39 years of being in business and 19 years of building boats. The open house will be at Bay Weld’s shops, 3301 East End Road. There will be refreshments and a tour of the facilities. The 100th boat is the P/V Churchill, a 42-foot patrol boat built for the Alaska Department of Public Safety, shown above. Allen Engebretsen, president of Bay Welding, started the business out of a truck in 1974, at the age of 24. About 65 to 70 percent of Bay Welding’s business is new boat construction, but the company also does boat repairs. A new line for the company is its Alaska Xtreme all-terrain vehicle and snowmachine trailers, sold through dealers in Homer and elsewhere. For more information about Saturday’s open house, call 235-5103.