Growing up on Lake Coeur d’Alene, Fred Finney and his five brothers and four sisters took to the lake as their playground. As a little guy he started following his dad to work, where he learned to weld and fix things. At age 11, he took a job at the Finney Transportation Line, a cruise business on Lake Coeur d’Alene. He built his first boat when he was only 26.
As the owner of Finney Boat Works, he’s built about 20 boats including all but one of the craft in the Lake Coeur d’Alene Cruises fleet.
“Fred is a rare talent,” one of his boatbuilding clients has said. “He has an amazing artistic ability to envision and create, but unlike other sculptors or painters his works of art have to float and move.”
“I’d been thinking about this boat for a few years,” said Capt. Finney. “I wanted the best of the best – a real lake yacht for family and friends to enjoy.”