Brunswick Corp. saw a softening in its aluminum boat segment, primarily due to continued economic and currency uncertainty in the United States, but did experience some gains in engine sales in Europe in the first quarter as the dollar weakened some.
West Marine Inc. reported first-quarter net revenue of $130.4 million, an increase of 2.6 percent from the same period last year.
Hagens Berman, a group that has leveraged successful class-action litigation against giants such as Philip Morris and is taking on Volkswagen for its role in the emissions controversy, filed a class-action suit against Dometic Corp. on April 21, saying the company sold defective refrigerators that can spontaneously ignite on boats and RVs.
Russo Marine — now called MarineMax Russo Marine following last week’s acquisition by the largest boat dealership chain in the country — brought in $35 million in revenue in 2015 and represented MarineMax’s largest acquisition since 2006.
Resilient U.S. consumers, favorable spring weather and strong March boat sales trends point to a very solid marine industry in its peak selling season and could indicate a supply shortage in California and northern U.S. states.
As founder of the Singleton Marine Group, which merged with Legendary Marine in October 2014 to form OneWater Marine Holdings, Austin Singleton is trying to give successful boat dealers who have no succession plan a way out.
Chaparral and Robalo Boats president Jim Lane of Valdosta, Ga., died March 19, losing a long struggle with leukemia. He was 73. Lane came on board with company founder William “Buck” Pegg in 1977 and formed Chaparral Boats. During a career that spanned almost four decades, Lane was widely respected as an intuitive businessman, an…more
MarineMax acquired Boston-based Russo Marine, New England’s largest privately held boat dealer.
Marquis Yachts is filing suit against Netherlands-based VanDutch Yachts for the second time in a year, saying VanDutch breached its contract with Marquis to build the Dutch company’s yachts.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This begins a two-part special report on the industry’s declining baby-boomer client base and the reluctance of the next generations to commit to boat ownership.