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

Brunswick shutting down Sea Ray plant

Brunswick Corp. this morning announced plans to “mothball” its Riverview boatbuilding facility near Knoxville, Tenn., which manufactures Sea Ray boats. Production will wind down during the first quarter. Approximately 300 production and support positions will be lost in Riverview, but Brunswick said it will work to transfer as many people as possible to the Knoxville…more

North Carolina investor buys Albemarle

Brunswick Corp. has sold Albemarle Boats to private investor Scott McLaughlin, of Raleigh, N.C. “By selling Albemarle, we will pare redundancies in model offerings among our other offshore boat brands and will further reduce our North American manufacturing footprint, a key strategy moving forward,” Brunswick spokesman Dan Kubera told Soundings Trade Only this morning. Terms…more

BRP, Ranger launch sales promotions

’Tis the season for factory promotions. BRP and Ranger Boats are rolling out special promotions to entice consumers to buy. BRP’s Evinrude 100th Anniversary Sales Event offers consumers a five-year factory-backed warranty and a special low consumer financing program. The promotion is offered in the United States on retail purchases between Jan. 1 and April…more

Huizenga Jr. will speak at Regal luncheon in Miami

H. Wayne Huizenga Jr., chairman of the Rybovich superyacht marina and son of the Miami Dolphins’ owner, will be the featured speaker at Regal Marine’s annual Vision and Values luncheon during the Miami International Boat Show. “We are very excited about bringing in a high-caliber individual like Wayne Huizenga Jr. to share with us his…more

Marine Dynamics names European sales rep

Marine Dynamics, the Lenexa, Kan.-based manufacturer of Sting Ray hydrofoil stabilizers, appointed Global Marine Associates of the United Kingdom for sales representation in Europe. The appointment was made just before the Marine Equipment Trade Show in Amsterdam last month, allowing Marine Dynamics to relay sales inquiries received during the show directly to Global Marine. “We…more

Ribcraft planning to boost production

Ribcraft, of Marblehead, Mass., is expanding its production facilities to meet the growing demand for its rigid hull inflatables. “As most boatbuilders are scaling production way back, we are fortunate to be growing and expanding,” company president Brian Gray said in a statement. The expansion will allow for increases in production and improvements in manufacturing…more

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Q%A with Duane Kuck, President/CEO of Regal Marine Industries

Duane Kuck is president and CEO of Orlando, Fla.-based Regal Marine Industries Inc., a leading manufacturer of luxury performance boats. Regal is a family-owned business founded in 1969 by Duane’s parents, Paul and Carol Kuck. As the oldest of three children, Duane Kuck quickly became involved in the family business, working part-time after school and…more

October stats: boat sales down sharply

Retail activity continued to fall as consumer confidence hit a record low in October. Preliminary registration data for the month showed a drop of 40.5 percent for all fiberglass boats, while aluminum sales fell 25.2 percent. The change in fiberglass affected most major markets around the country. This report is based on 29 states, including…more

Boats.com powers Tracker Marine dealer network

Boats.com launched a new Inventory Management Tool for Tracker Marine Group and the boatbuilder’s 600-plus dealer network. The new IMT exports data to the Tracker Marine Group corporate Web sites and seven portal partners through the use of the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s MATES data exchange standard. “In minutes, a Tracker dealer is able to…more

Ranger layoffs expected to be temporary

Ranger Boats in Flippin, Ark. laid off 130 employees and extended its normal two-week plant closing to four weeks in December because of a drop in orders from dealers, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports. The layoffs represent about 17 percent of the fiberglass boat maker’s 750 employees, the company said in media reports. A company official…more

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