A brief history of California Marine.
California Marine was founded in 1968, and today is still a family owned
and operated business.
Where the Boating Blood Came From.
James Hutchison, the father of the owner of California Marine, David
Hutchison, was the first to build a hydro-plane on the West Coast of
James designed, built and raced hydro-planes from 1952 to 1980. His
the sport never failed him, and when his son, David, came to him asking
help to build the Catalina series of ski-boats, he obliged.
James worked for California Marine until he was 80 years old, building
georgeous boats such as the one on the front page of this site, from
ground up. He custom built the engines, trailers, and all of the internal
workings of each and every boat.
Most of the Catalina boats were water tested for our customers on
near-by Whatcom lake in Bellingham, Washington. At this lake, James
and son David, would carefully test and tune the boats to get the maximum
performance out of each one.
James Hutchison was inducted into the British Columbia Sports Hall of
Fame in 1984 for his accomplishments in hydro-plane racing. He will
long remembered as a legend of his sport, and the Catalina series of
and California Marine name will forever be a reminder and model of
lifestyle and accomplishments.
Copyright California Marine Sales Corporation, 1999-2018.
California Marine Sales Corporation, #150-6751 Graybar Road,
Richmond, B.C., Canada V6W 1H3
Phone (604) 278-1880, Fax (604) 278-6040