Goetz Composites is pleased to announce and welcome Gregor Welpton to our team as Director of Special Projects!
Gregor began boat building in 1984. His passion for building and designing boats has led him around the world in an exploration of form and function.
After graduating from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, Gregor trained at the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building in Port Townsend, WA. His interests brought him to Alaska as shipwright replacing planks, ribs, bow stems, and sterns. Soon thereafter, Gregor began teaching at the University of Alaska, Southeast, and was hired to run the University’s Marine Technology Program. He later attended the Landing School of Boatbuilding and Design in Arundel, ME and after graduating from the Yacht Design Program, he began working for Victory Design in Napoli, Italy.
Gregor, a seasoned project manager, has worked on a variety of projects including experimenting with multiple hull forms as well as bow foils, lifting bodies and actuating interceptors for Navatek. He built several craft and ran projects for DARPA and ONR. He set up a production facility in Bath, ME for Hodgdon Defense where he managed a project building the GARC (Greenough Advanced Rescue Craft). Gregor has been involved with building prototypes and worked with Coastwise Engineering to design aluminum passenger-carrying catamarans. He also set up the first vacuum infusion shop in Alaska, building smaller catamarans for lodges, water taxis, and other guide outfits.
A veteran boat builder and designer, Gregor’s passion for his work is best summed by his understanding of traditional boat building, and application of cutting-edge technology to the tried and true basics.
Goetz Composites is pleased to bring Gregor’s diverse skill set to work with our team!