January 24, 2011

Carson Buddy Davis Jnr 1949 - 2011


Carson R. "Buddy" Davis Jr., who designed and built Carolina-style sportfishing boats from 28 to 78 feet, died Monday at his home on Monday January 17 in Marathon, Fla., after a lengthy illness, at age 62. A native of Manteo, N.C., Davis was the son of Carson Ralph Davis and "Nonnie" Etheridge Davis, and the sister of Anne Davis Creef. Davis' boats were designed and built mainly under two companies: Davis Boat Works, which he founded in 1973, and Davis Yachts, which he formed in the mid 1980s. During his 45 year boating career, Davis built some 400 yachts. Master at capturing the Carolina look, Davis designed and built boats togather with Donald Blount that were known for their sharp entries and dramatic bow flare. His hull designs were all about function, but Davis also brought a level of luxury to the sportfishing boat that had not been seen before. Davis leaves his hife Barbara; daughter the Hon. Amber Davis, his son Carson Wade Davis who works at Spencer Yachts; his former wife, Elaina Davis; and two stepsons, Tres Midgett, and Matthew Midgett.