W. D. Schock Corp

Summary

The W. D. Schock Corporation (usually styled W. D. Schock Corp) is an American boat builder originally based in Newport Beach, California,[1] later in Corona, California and currently located in Santa Ana, California. The company was founded by William "Bill" D. Schock in 1958 and specializes in the design and manufacture of fiberglass sailboats.[2]

W. D. Schock Corporation
TypePrivately held company
IndustryBoat building
Founded1958
FounderWilliam "Bill" D. Schock
Headquarters,
Key people
President: John O'Donnell
ProductsSailboats
Websitewww.wdschockcorp.com

HistoryEdit

Bill Schock built his first boat at age 13, a Skimmer sailing dinghy constructed in the family garage in Hollywood, California. After his time as a crew chief in the military in the Second World War, he returned home to live in a small beach house in Newport Beach and started a boat repair business there. Among his early customers was an amusement park, who had a rental fleet of boats.[3]

Schock's first boat built and sold was an International 14 that he intended to sail himself and constructed using a cold-molded wood method. Another sailor saw the boat while it was under construction and bought it from Schock. This led to the formation of the company, initially called W. D. Schock Boat Building and Repair.[3]

The first design mass-produced was the Lehman 10 dinghy. The Lehman 14 was updated to become the Lido 14 and proved a commercial success, propelling the company to become one of the biggest boat builders on the US Pacific Ocean coast.[2]

In the late 1970s the company hired a number of designers to create a series of sailboats in the Santana series. Early designs by Gary Mull include the Santana 22 in 1966. Yacht designer W. Shad Turner later designed the company's early racing keel-boat line that including the Santana 25-1, Santana 25-2 in 1973, the commercially successful Santana 20 in 1976 and the Santana 28 in 1978. The Santana 228 followed in 1978, the Santana 23 D the same year, with the Santana 35 in 1979, Santana 23 K in 1980 and the Schock 35 in 1984.[4]

Eventually Bill Schock passed the company to his son Tom Schock and Tom's wife Jane. Son Steven Schock was also involved in the design of some of the sailboats, drawing and designing the Harbor 20.[2][5]

In 2011, after 53 years in business, the company was sold to Alexander Vucelic von Raduboj, who became the new president, while Tom Schock remained on the company's Board of Directors.[2] In 2014, the company was sold to John O'Donnell, who had formerly been the general manager.[6]

In 2018 the company was producing four designs, the Harbor 20, Harbor 25, Harbor 30 and the US Sabot.[7]

BoatsEdit

 
Harbor 20 Fleet

Summary of boats built by W. D. Schock Corp:[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Reicher, Mark (10 January 2011). "Owners sell, sail away after a long run". LA Times. Archived from the original on 13 November 2020. Retrieved 14 November 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e McArthur, Bruce (2020). "Schock W.D." sailboatdata.com. Archived from the original on 18 July 2020. Retrieved 18 July 2020.
  3. ^ a b W. D. Schock Corp (2016). "About W.D. Schock". www.wdschock.com. Archived from the original on 22 March 2022. Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  4. ^ McArthur, Bruce (2020). "W. Shad Turner". sailboatdata.com/. Archived from the original on 29 August 2020. Retrieved 14 November 2020.
  5. ^ Browning, Randy (2017). "Schock 23 sailboat specifications and details". sailboatdata.com. Archived from the original on 22 March 2022. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  6. ^ "Steady as She Goes Update". web-extract.constantcontact.com. Retrieved 19 July 2018.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ W. D. Schock Corp (2016). "Boats in Production". www.wdschock.com. Archived from the original on 7 January 2018. Retrieved 6 January 2018.

External linksEdit

  • Official website