Forged Customs has been crafting premium aluminum boats, docks, gangways, and fuel tanks to residents along the east coast since 2007.


6804 Holly Shelter Road Castle Hayne, North Carolina 28429


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Aluminum Work Boat Provider

A Partner You Can Trust

Are you looking for an aluminum work boat provider? Look no further than Forged Customs. When you work with Forged Customs, you’ll learn you’re never just another number. There’s a reason clients trust Peter’s word - he provides honest, fluid communication throughout the process, in addition to post-project service and communication. What does this mean? This means any questions you have, any issues you run into, Peter will address them free of charge. Clients are valued at Forged Customs, and the end goal is that long-lasting relationships are formed between us and the client. Whether you’re interested in an aluminum work boat or marine fuel tank, our services are uniquely customized for you.

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Why aluminum? Easy - it’s renewable, recycle, and long-lasting. This means less maintenance for you, and more time to enjoy life.

Industry Experts

Owner Peter Pucella has industry experience ranging from working in Hawaii and along the California coast, to opening his own welding shop in Wilmington, NC.


You’ll never have to worry about rust, corrosion, or maintenance costs. Aluminum is stress-free and budget-friendly.

Eye for Excellence

We are consistently raising the bar of excellence. No corners are ever cut, and every detail is taken care of when you work with Forged Customs.

The story behind Forged Customs

Meet Peter Pucella

From industry experience in Hawaii, the coastline of California, and now in his hometown of Wilmington, NC, it’s no question that Peter has seen it all. Peter began his exposure to the marine fabrication industry through his studies at Cape Fear Community College. It was here where Peter learned the dynamics of welding, boat building, and marine technology. Peter received his degree in Marine Technology, Welding Technology, and Boat Building. His studies provided a comprehensive baseline of knowledge to boat building, and also when his true passion ignited. It wasn’t long until Peter set off to Hawaii, and was the lead welder for eight years. Still not ready to return to his hometown, Peter transitioned his work to the coast of California, where he worked on all types of boats. Collecting his comprehensive experience in boat manufacturing and repairs, Peter was ready to head back home and open up a welding shop of his own.

From an initial mobile operation, to a full-service thriving business that offers both onsite operations and offsite large scale fabrication, Peter has made his vision a reality. With a 3,000 square foot warehouse, Peter is proud to provide custom aluminum workboats and marine accessories to clients throughout the east coast. Forged Customs is now a thriving, multi-service operation that helps government and state officials, municipalities, boatyards, and marinas with the services they need to be successful.


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Bald Head Island Transportation

Claude McKernan

We run a fleet of six commercial passenger vessels where safety and absolute reliability is of ultimate importance. I’d say around ten years ago one of our ferries needed a quick weld repair. A Coast Guard Officer who inspected the vessel recommended Pete as a reliable welder that does excellent work. Sure enough, that is what we got with Pete. Ever since that first Job, when we needed Pete, he was there. Whether a simple crack in a hand rail or cropping and renewing a thirty foot section of hull plating, Forged Custom Metal does excellent work at a fair price.

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Dara Green

We have worked with Forged for almost 5 years on many, many projects. Excellent fabricator and welder! Pete cares about what he does and it shows. His ability to custom fab and weld aluminum, carbon steel and stainless has made him and his company a great asset to our organization. We value his input and enjoy working with him. Highly recommend Forged!

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President Overbeck Marine

Daniel Shirley

As owner of Overbeck Marine Construction, I rely on custom welding for many applications. I’ve been working with Pete for over 20 years for all of my welding needs, both business and personal, he always provides top quality products that I can trust in the harshest environments. It’s always a pleasure to work with Pete!