Roald Skibsrud established Skibsplast in 1957 at the age of only 19 years. He made his first fibreglass speedboat in his fathers wood workshop. It was launched and tested for the first time in Kristiansand on October 25th 1957. The press attended and the story grabbed the headlines in the local newspapers. Roalds father, Arne Skibsrud, was involved and supported the project from the start on. This was the beginning of 50 years of continuous boat production. The first years exceeded all expectations, and several hundred boats were built and sold. Roald Skibsrud had found a viable new business.
A serious fire destroyed most of the factory and production tools in 1964. This created huge delays and challenges in order to continue the production, but they never considered giving up. A new manufacturing facility was established in Verksmoen, a new industrial area developed just outside Evje city center. Full production started again in the winter of 1965/66. Since then there have been several expansions. Production methods and layout have been continuously fine tuned since then. Skibsplast has also acquired additional area around the factory for potential increases in facilities and storage needs.
The boat models presented are known for their classic modern style. Maximum emphasis is on enjoying life onboard in addition to attractive styling. Practical interior solutions, use of all available space and high cockpit sides are other qualities designed into the Skibsplast models. In the anniversary year, nine mid sized models in the range between 18 and 23 feet was available.
Roald Skibsrud holds the Skibsplast shares together with his two sons, Rune and Arne. It is a competitive business with lots of competition between dealers and customers. Skibsplast is Norways oldest remaining fibreglass boat manufacturer and covers Norway from Mandal in the south to Tromsø in the north. In addition, there are exports to Sweden, Denmark, Germany and Greenland among others. During 50 years of manufacturing, we have produced and sold approximately 14.000 boats. It started with a range of boats from 11 to 15 foot boats, and now the range spans from 18 to 23 feet. All together, this represents approximately 80 kilometres length of boats.