Boatbuilders are the backbone of the marine industry. They can be found across the country, constructing everything from personal watercraft and small skiffs to large center console fishing boats and oceangoing yachts. A large majority of the recreational boats sold in the United States are built in this country.

Viking Yacht adds European dealer

Viking Yacht Co. said Monaco-based AqvaLuxe Yachts formed a strategic alliance with the boatbuilder’s representative, SNO Yachts International SRL of Sardinia, Italy, to market the Viking line throughout France and Monaco.

Ferretti Group announces fleet for Yachts Miami Beach

The Ferretti Group will bring a fleet of 17 models to Yachts Miami Beach, which opens Thursday and continues through Monday, ranging from 27 to 92 feet and spanning the Ferretti Yachts, Pershing, Riva and Custom Line brands.

Ranger Boats will debut new designs in Miami

Ranger Boats is debuting two new Bay Ranger designs — the 2360 and 2260 center consoles — at the Miami International Boat Show, which will run from Thursday through Monday at the Miami Marine Stadium Park and Basin on Virginia Key.

Brunswick touts doubling of patents in 2016

Brunswick Corp. said it received 73 patents in 2016, more than twice its total for the previous year. Sixty were awarded to Mercury Marine, which the company said was a record for the Wisconsin-based engine manufacturer.

Groupe Beneteau signs deal with LH-Finance

Groupe Beneteau-Cadillac Operations, manufacturer of the powerboat brands Four Winns, Glastron, Scarab and Wellcraft, said it will launch a strategic partnership with LH-Finance at the Feb.16-20 Miami International Boat Show.

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