Jim Caldwell, founder of Caldwell Marine Designs built & designed the first offshore tunnel boat capable of running 112 mph. This 33ft boat was powered by a single 600 HP engine.
In 1985 Jim started CMD (Caldwell Marine Designs) his son Pete was 3 years old and was a regular at the company. In 1989 Jim joined the Industrial Design Society.
Jim started designs on a 100 ft boat capable of running 100 knots for a Saudi Prince, unfortunately this boat was never built due to the Gulf War and trade restrictions.
Richard Branson of Virgin Mobile approached Jim n 1991 to build him the 70 Magnum.
'92 would only get busier as Jim was involved in the Americas Cup and designed the first stepped hulled boats for Reggie Fountain, a design that would launch Fountain Powerboats to become the leader in racing & race inspired fishing boats & pleasure boats.
With these innovative designs Jim joined the Society of Naval Architects in 1996, the same year a 14-year-old Pete Caldwell started working for Fountain powerboats Tooling department. Three years later in 1999 Pete got a job rigging boats for Contender in Homestead, FL. Just 1 year later Caldwell Design & Fabrication began producing small parts for Sea Ray, World Cat, Grady White and Donzi Marine.
The Donzi ZR & ZRC hull designs and plugs were innovative then and still used today. 2006 Pete found his way back to Fountain as a Supervisor in charge of Lamination, Grinding, Mating & Detail.
A few years later in 2011 Pete took on the role of Lamination Supervisor Hatteras Yachts just down the road in New Bern, NC. in less than a year Pete was promoted to Production Manager of Hatteras Yachts.
2013 Pete picked up where he left of with Caldwell Marine Fabrication at his original location a mile from Grady White, where he was quickly recruited again to a new position as Composites Manager at Ski Nautique. 2017 Pete was recruited again by Iconic Marine Group a company that bought the Fountain, Donzi & Baja brands, he took over their Composites Manager position.
The next few years would have Pete back in his dad Jim’s original building which he quickly outgrew and into a larger facility in Washington, NC where he builds Sea Cat, and some models from Iconic Marine.