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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.

Jeppesen wins technology award

Jeppesen Marine won the award for Best Display of Technology at the 2009 Seattle Boat Show, held Jan. 23-Feb. 1. This is the second consecutive year the company was recognized for its show display. This year’s display featured new graphic elements (most notably the new Jeppesen Marine logo/corporate identity) along with subtle layout changes designed…more

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Q&A with Ann Baldree

Ann Baldree, winner of the 2008 Darlene Briggs Marine Woman of the Year award, is the national and international sales manager for Chaparral and Robalo Boats. The boat companies are subsidiaries of Marine Products Corp., which was founded in 2000 and is traded publicly on the New York Stock Exchange. Baldree directs the activities of…more

Burger motoryacht wins design award

Ingot, a 153-foot Burger trideck motoryacht, was presented the inaugural Michael C. Fina Interior Design Award at the ShowBoats International Cavallino Yacht Hop, Burger Boat Co. announced. Ingot is a collaboration between the Burger design team and Vripack in the Netherlands. “Every single yacht considered had something unique, but we were looking beyond the ‘wow’…more

Thrane & Thrane, KVH sign agreement

Thrane & Thrane, a leading Inmarsat terminal manufacturer, signed a global distribution agreement with KVH Industries for KVH’s mini-VSAT broadband service and compatible marine hardware. The agreement builds on the longstanding collaboration between the two companies and will lead to a faster roll-out to global coverage based on a Sailor branded version of the KVH…more

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Nordic Tugs brings back its 26-footer

Nordic Tugs is reintroducing the classic Nordic Tug 26 at the Seattle Boat Show, which runs through Feb. 1. The Nordic Tug 26 debuted in 1980 at the Seattle Boat Show, but the company stopped production in 1997. “The Nordic Tug 26 is as popular today as it was in the ’80s,” said David Goehring,…more

Zodiac launches rebate program

Zodiac of North America is offering a retail promotion that allows consumers to save up to $500 on Zodiac and Avon inflatables and RIBs. “Recreational RIBs are taking hold in America as primary boats due to their fuel efficiency and ride quality,” said Gary Durnan, vice president of Zodiac, in a statement. “Offering a rebate…more

New broadband service covers Pacific region

KVH Industries and ViaSat have rolled out mini-VSAT broadband satellite communications services for the Pacific region. The new coverage area includes Alaska, the west coasts of Canada and the United States, Hawaii, and extends into Asia. Vessels, as well as planes, now have access to uninterrupted Ku-band Internet and voice services from the Asian coast…more

Cape Cod boat show is just weeks away

The third annual Boatbuilders Show on Cape Cod returns Feb. 13-15 at the Resort and Conference Center in Hyannis, Mass. More than 3,000 people visited the show last winter to see a large selection of unique, custom and limited-production boats in both wood and fiberglass. This year, boaters will find more than 30 exhibitors and a…more

Cobra Marine chooses newest rep

Cobra Marine tapped Ocean Equipment as its newest representative for California and the neighboring states. The Irvine, Calif.-based representative firm provides a program of sales and marketing, warehousing, technical support and order services. “We chose Ocean Equipment for their thorough knowledge of marine electronics and solid relationships with marine electronics dealers and national retailers,” said…more

Hatteras reduces work force as part of restructuring

Hatteras Yachts laid off 330 employees in the last two days as part of a restructuring prompted by the continuing slump in marine sales. “The restructuring involved a lot of long-term employees,” Hatteras Yachts chairman Bill Naumann told Soundings Trade Only this morning. “It was a painful thing to do.” However, given the current economic…more

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