CSU Maritime Academy 

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2016 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient


John Knight
graduated from California Maritime Academy in 1966 with a degree in Marine Engineering Technology. Knight sailed with APL and traveled in Europe with his wife Meri before starting a waterfront repair business that led to boat building contracts. Eventually, Knight acquired an inland facility to build custom boats of all types and materials. 

In 1973, Knight invited his classmate Hugo Carver to form Knight and Carver Custom Yachts. During his tenure at the helm, the company designed, engineered, and built over 100 unique vessels, and serviced and repaired over 40,000 vessels.

Knight’s company acquired Mission Bay Marina and boatyard to gain access to the water. Immediately upgrading from 30 to 100 ton vessel capability. After outgrowing their capacity, they moved to an 11-acre facility on San Diego Bay and built a full service boatyard.

Because of their expertise in composites, Knight and Carver were approached by the wind industry to help solve stress failures, which led them to enter the wind turbine blade repair business. A business that expanded until it grew into a separate corporation. 

Knight has lived in Crown Point since 1970 with Meri and their 2 dogs. He has one son, Jonathan, with whom he has worked almost continuously, including racing motocross together for more than 20 years.  

 

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Did you know that the U.S. Department of Education recently released findings that show Cal Maritime graduates have the highest average earnings of any California university ten years after enrollment and they have the seventh highest in the U.S.?

 

Did you know that the U.S. Department of Education recently released findings that show Cal Maritime graduates have the highest average earnings of any California university ten years after enrollment and they have the seventh highest in the U.S.?
 

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