in 1990, at the request of families from the St. Petersburg Yacht
Club, Mclaughlin began a new tradition building its first International
Optimist Dinghy. Today, Mclaughlin specializes in the Optimist
and has become one of the leading manufacturers in the World.
As Steve Sherman puts
it, "the Optimist is the single most important element in keeping
sailing alive and healthy in the world today.
From the tens of thousands of children that learn to sail
each year around the world will come the sailors, Olympians, instructors,
coaches and commodores of tomorrow's society. My dream of contributing
to sailing has come true by a hundred fold."
Spencer Wiberley, Tom Coleman, and Steve Sherman posing with the 2500th IOD95 hull built at McLaughlin.
Holding true to the original ideas of Elms and Shear, MBW continues as a business run by sailors for the benefit of sailors. You cannot build a successful company without good people. MBW has assembled a group of like-minded sailors who believe that if you provide the finest in customer service and the best product money can buy the rest will take care of its self. This is why MBW is the premiere partner with the United States Optimist Dinghy class organization (USODA) and supporter of the International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA).
McLaughlin's reputation has been built upon the principles of: Customer service, Exacting quality standards and Engineering fast durable racing yachts.
Over the last 10 years, MBW has also built a strong financial foundation by diversifying into other product lines that require high quality fiberglass work. These include: Architectural ceiling domes, Play ground equipment, Enclosures for computer controlled industrial robots, Jeep hardtops and doors, Race car bodies, Bumper boats and bumper cars to name a few.