Rev. Moon tried his hand at designing boats

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The Rev. Sun Myung Moon — a controversial religious and political figure who founded the Unification Church, a major institution in East Asia and beyond that gained fame decades ago for its mass weddings — died early Monday in South Korea, the church said.

The Universal Peace Federation said on its website that Moon died early Monday morning of complications related to pneumonia. He was 92.

Moon was honored by millions of followers, known as “moonies,” as a prophet and peacemaker, but he was also a mass wedding convener, newspaper publisher and fisherman.

Last year, he added a new credential to his résumé: boat designer. Moon, who reportedly tinkered for years with new designs of fishing boats built by his company, Master Marine Yacht Building Co., unveiled the prototype of his newly created 23-foot sportfishing boat, according to a statement from Wo Mo Boat.

Click here for an August 2011 report on the boat by Soundings.

Click here for the report on Moon’s death by CNN.