Carson R. "Buddy" Davis Jr., who designed and built Carolina-style sportfishing boats from 28 to 78 feet, died Monday at his home in Marathon, Fla., after a lengthy illness, his wife, Barbara, said. He was 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, according to his wife, Barbara Davis.
Davis kept coming back because his boat designs were sought after and he had a reputation as one of the best boatbuilders around, Barbara Davis said. During his 45-year career, Davis built some 400 yachts, according to the family.