Boatbuilders make news in a variety of ways, among them by debuting new models and announcing business expansions or quarterly financial results.

KVH equipping Russian ships for satellite TV

Middletown, R.I.-based KVH Industries is working with Russian shipping company Unicom to equip its fleet with KVH’s TracVision M9 satellite TV antennas. A total of 60 antennas will be installed over the duration of the project, representing the largest single maritime TracVision order in KVH history. “We are excited that the TracVision M9 is proving…more

Jeppesen offers online marketing materials

Jeppesen Marine recently launched a new marketing-image repository to benefit marine electronics dealers and members of the boating press. The online resource contains marketing materials, templates and high-resolution images for both C-Map electronic charts and Nobeltec navigation software. This makes it easier for authorized marine electronics dealers to obtain approved materials to build advertisements and…more

Viking Yachts cuts 70 jobs, cites slowing production

Viking Yachts has eliminated around 70 positions and placed another 75 employees on furlough for two to six weeks, director of communications Peter Frederiksen told Soundings Trade Only. Frederiksen said about 20 administrative posts were eliminated, along with about 50 production jobs. The layoffs have been ongoing at the New Gretna, N.J., boatbuilder. “We’ve had…more

Ferretti completes purchase of Allied Richard Bertram Marine Group

Ferretti S.p.A., parent company of the Ferretti group, completed the acquisition of the assets, brands and ongoing operations of Fort Lauderdale-based Allied Richard Bertram Marine Group. The purchase is valued at about $50 million, the company said in a statement. The newly named Allied Marine Group will continue to specialize in the post-sales, services and…more

MasterCraft, Sea Tow team up for promotion

MasterCraft Boat Company has partnered with Sea Tow to provide a complimentary one-year Gold Card membership to anyone who purchases a 2009 Saltwater Series MasterCraft. MasterCraft introduced its Saltwater Series in 2005 and says it has seen promising growth. “We were the first company to truly recognize that active boaters in coastal markets aspire to…more

Club Jeppesen, Sea Tow forge agreement

A joint agreement between Jeppesen Marine’s Club Jeppesen Marine and Sea Tow Services International allows members of both organizations to receive discounts and other benefits. As part of the agreement, Club Jeppesen members can receive a 15 percent discount on any Sea Tow membership option, as well as discounts on insurance through Sea Insure. Boaters…more

Hatteras, Albemarle will cut 325 jobs

Hatteras and Albemarle yachts and sportfishing boats are eliminating about 325 positions from the New Bern and Edenton, N.C., plants, effective immediately. The announcement was made Thursday to employees. The reduction involves hourly and salaried employees. “As with most other U.S. boat makers, these brands have been doing their best to confront a weak domestic…more

Discovery Channel show profiles boatbuilder

Ribcraft, a leading manufacturer of professional grade RIBs, will be featured in an upcoming episode of “Some Assembly Required,” a weekly Discovery Channel series. The episode featuring Ribcraft will first air at 8 p.m. Sept. 4. “Some Assembly Required,” hosted by Brian Unger, filmed the Ribcraft process of building a RIB and learned how one is…more


ABI/Precision Lighting’s Nordic Series Portlights

ABI/Precision Lighting’s Nordic Series Portlights help direct water away from the window through the use of an innovative spigot drain, so there’s no need to worry when opening a porthole. Precision cast, the classic Nordic 8 Portlight is the first in this new series, says the company. It features an 8-inch diameter opening with a…more

Ferretti buying Allied Richard Bertram Marine Group

Ferretti S.p.A., parent company of yacht manufacturer Ferretti group, is acquiring the assets, brands and ongoing operations of Allied Richard Bertram Marine Group, a Fort Lauderdale-based yacht distribution and service provider. Financial details of the deal were not announced. The transaction is expected to be completed next month. “We are extremely satisfied with this move,…more

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