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Marcel LaFond, owner of Symphony Boat Co., takes his Overture model boat for a test run near the Spirit Lake Marina recently. (Bob King / rking@duluthnews.com)

About boat maker Marcel LaFond

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Marcel LaFond grew up on a lake in central Minnesota, west of St. Cloud. That’s where his fascination for boats began. But it wasn’t until a stint at the revered Landing School in Maine that he got serious about the business.

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“That was the beginning,” he said. “I’ve spent many years since then trying to put something together.”

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