MIASF Business Spotlight: Latham Marine November 29, 2018
Bob Latham and his wife Kathy have built a business through attention to detail, quality design and manufacturing and providing “real world” solutions to “real world” problems. When boaters of all kinds have an issue with operations or parts, they call on Bob who has a relentless pursuit of perfection and refuses to build anything that he wouldn’t put on his own boat.
Perhaps best known for the first marine hydraulic steering system and other innovations conceived, birthed and tested in the highly abusive sport of powerboat racing, Latham Marine provides engineering and component solutions not only for competition but pleasure cruising, sport yachts and fishing boats. The company also has a long-history of work with law enforcement, emergency services and military vessels, where reliability is literally a matter of life and death. “Everything I build is over-engineered, beyond the industry standard,” Latham says and his contributions to the industry earned him the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s Alan J. Freedman Memorial Leadership Award.
With over 10,000 parts and 7,000 components – all engineered in-house and built in the USA, Latham Marine products are hard-tested in the most brutal environments, resulting in robust yet light-weight, ultra-reliable marine hardware, used the world over.
And just as a love and knowledge of boating have spurred innovative, trend-setting designs that boaters have come to rely on, the Latham Marine team’s drive for “nothing but the best” has led to a number of machining process improvements that are so efficient and cost effective, they are now used by some of the world’s best known names in manufacturing as well as by the US military and Home Land Security.
The knowledgeable, experienced team members at Latham Marine provide personal consultation services that can match a solution to any boater’s needs, from the most common marine components to custom designed solutions for racers and some of the best-known marine manufacturers both domestic and international.