SAFE Boats: From garage to global force

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BREMERTON — Off the arid coast of Tunisia they patrol for smugglers and terrorists.

In Alaska they help wildlife troopers regulate a rowdy fishery on Bristol Bay. They’ve been seized in Iran and taken fire in Iraq.

When United Airways Flight 1549 splashed down in the Hudson River in 2009, they were among the first vessels on scene.

Around here, SAFE Boats are most often seen escorting Washington State Ferries across Puget Sound, or zipping through Sinclair Inlet during sea trials, a reminder that one of the world’s most ubiquitous aluminum boat brands was home grown in Kitsap County.

In the two decades since SAFE Boats International was born in a Port Orchard garage, the manufacturer has become a global force, with 2,000 boats operating in nearly 60 countries.

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