Waterline Systems has been helping customers get the most out of their boats since 1988. Born in the back of a pickup truck, we’ve grown into a comprehensive service facility, world-class boat builder and boat refit yard.
Our 75,000 square-foot facility includes 65 acres of waterfront property on the Intracoastal Waterway in North Carolina. Located halfway between New York and Florida, we are ready to provide world-class service to all types of boats including sport fishing and center console recreational boats, catamarans, trawlers, commercial craft and sailing yachts.
Randy Borges, owner and president of Waterline Systems, began his boatbuilding career on sailing’s biggest stage – the America’s Cup. In the early ‘80s he worked first for the world-renown Newport Shipyard, which built numerous 12-meter yachts, including the Cup-Defender Liberty. Randy then went to work for Williams & Manchester Shipyard where he assisted in the construction of three 12-meters for the America II syndicate. In the next Cup cycle, he worked and sailed for the New York Yacht Club, overseeing maintenance and modifications to its boats for the 1987 Cup series in Australia.
After returning to the USA, Randy went to work for Merrifield & Roberts supervising construction of a Claes Oldenburg designed 52-foot spoon sculpture, which is now on display in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden near the Walker Art Center. After that he spent time working for Concordia Custom Boats and again at Williams & Manchester Shipyard assisting in several new boat construction projects.
It was during this time that Randy, along with two partners, formed Waterline Systems as a hobby shop. Randy traveled to regattas with his tools in his pick-up, sailing during the day and fixing the inevitable breakdowns and making hull repairs at night. Ultimately Randy became the sole owner of Waterline Systems, and in 1988 moved the company from the pickup to a dedicated facility, adding a parts store and expanding service to yachts of all sizes, both sail and power.
Fast-forward to today, with Waterline now making its home in North Carolina.
“Our incredible location means that we can provide a greater level of service and convenience for those who are traveling north/south along the ICW and the I-95 corridor,” Borges said. “We specialize in getting your boat serviced and ready for the upcoming season so you can enjoy more time on the water and less time in dry dock.”
For more information on how Waterline Systems can provide service or upgrades for your powerboat, sailboat, sport fisher or commercial vessel contact us today.