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Latham Marine: Forty Years in the Making

Latham Marine owners Bob and Kathy Latham have been through plenty of ups and down in the boat business in the past 40 years. Photo by Marilyn DeMartini

Latham Marine owners Bob and Kathy Latham have been through plenty of ups and down in the boat business in the past 40 years. Photo by Marilyn DeMartini

Not only are Bob and Kathy Latham—the husband-and-wife team behind Latham Marine in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.—two of the nicest, most-approachable people in the marine industry, they’re also two of the most passionate, intelligent and successful people in the business.

Growing up in South Florida, Bob Latham started the family business in the early ’70s. Essentially a mobile repair van in the beginning, he decided to set up shop and, in 1973, Latham Marine hit the ground running, specializing in custom rigging, repair and small engine work. A few years later, Bob Latham met Kathy, his future wife and business partner, as well as a New Jersey boater who introduced him to the world offshore racing.

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