Ranger Tugs does not have a typical story. After introducing the R-25 tugboat in 2006, the company actually grew by double digits every year though the Great Recession, says John Livingston, 48, president of Kent, Wash.-based Fluid Motion, the parent company of Ranger Tugs and Cutwater Boats.
During the long presidential campaign we all heard the laments about manufacturing jobs disappearing in America. But ask anyone in the boating industry, and you quickly get a different story.
In the weeks leading up to the November election, boating and fishing advocates were quietly working with transition teams of the Clinton and Trump campaigns to ensure that saltwater fishing isn’t overlooked as interest groups clamor for a spot at the table.
The Larson Boat Group is moving its boatbuilding operations to Pulaski, Wis., shuttering the 104-year-old operation it has maintained in Little Falls, Minn., and discontinuing its Triumph brand.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association is “eagerly awaiting” Donald Trump’s appointments to head the Environmental Protection Agency and the federal Department of Agriculture to clarify the president-elect’s position on ethanol, which to date has largely supported ethanol increases in the fuel supply.
The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas is launching a retail compensation survey, inviting more than 3,000 boat dealerships, service shops, retail outlets and marinas to provide demographic and compensation-related information.
The 57th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is stepping up its sophistication factor this year to accommodate the droves of people who come not just to browse, but also to close on a new boat.
Brunswick Corp. had revenue of $1.09 billion in the third quarter, missing expectations by about $20 million, due in part to integrating an acquisition on the fitness side of the business, and also due in part to slower international sales of engines.
Friends and associates in the marine industry are mourning the death of Capt. Richard Thiel, editor-at-large of Power & Motoryacht magazine, who died Sept. 13 in Branford, Conn., of complications from a stroke suffered a week earlier. He was 70 and a resident of Chester, Conn.
Sea Hunt Boats is not in every boat market, but it’s not looking to take on more dealers. The company’s not trying to build more boats, even though its dealers would gladly take more. And it’s not going to build a 40-foot center console to feed into that popular market segment.