Meet Duane


Duane Willis has a deep background of over 30 years in design and construction.

After a 10 year career in architectural design for the federal government, Duane conceived and founded Ocean Athlete Sportswear in 1990. After selling the brand in 1995, he and his wife Crystal embarked on a three year project renovating an early 1800’s house to it’s original glory in Gloucester, NC, where he now resides.

In 2000, Duane formed Yachtworks Incorporated and began another passionate career designing and building the interiors of sportfishing boats. Learning to use the most exotic woods and veneers, composite materials to which they are applied, as well as modern glues and epoxies, Duane’s craftsmanship has risen to new levels. Dealing with the extreme demands of high-speed boats, and their owners impeccable tastes for quality, has enabled Duane to develop and hone his woodworking skills. No project is too complicated.

Please feel free to contact Duane.