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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.

Sunsail sponsors Olympic sailor

Sunsail Sailing Vacations recently signed a sponsorship agreement with Zach Railey, a US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics member and Clearwater, Fla., sailor. Railey won a silver medal at the 2008 Olympics and was named the US Sailing 2008 Sportsman of the Year. He hopes to qualify for the 2012 Olympics in the United Kingdom. “We’re excited…more

Ferretti may sell some brands

Ferretti SpA, the Italian-based parent company of Bertram Yacht Inc., may sell some of its entry-level brands so it can focus on more expensive vessels. According to Bloomberg.com, some of those being considered for sale include the Apreamare and Itama units, which suffered the most cancellations of Ferretti’s nine marques, Bloomberg reported. The article said…more

Everglades forms commercial, government division

Everglades Boats is turning the tough retail boating market into an opportunity to expand into new territory with the formation of a commercial and government division. “What’s happening in the marine retail business has allowed us to open new doors and diversify our product line,” marketing director David Glenn told Soundings Trade Only this morning.…more

Belina Interiors signs PR agency

Belina Interiors, the Tacoma, Wash.-based manufacturer of custom architectural components in wood and metal, signed The Halsted Agency of Troutville, Va. for its marketing and public relations needs. “Over the years, Belina Interiors has kept steady pace with an expanding yacht building market, but in today’s economy, we think it’s important to increase our visibility,”…more

Ribcraft delivers fleet to race center

Ribcraft of Marblehead, Mass., delivered a Ribcraft 5.85 fleet to the newly formed Chicago Match Race Center. The four RIBs will be used as umpire and support boats for the Chicago Match Race Center on Lake Michigan. Equipped with a 90-hp Evinrude E-Tec engine, the 19-foot RIBs feature a center console with front bench seat,…more

Jupiter Marine will use Fischer Panda for 39 Express

Jupiter Marine of Palmetto, Fla., selected the Fischer Panda 8 Mini DP AC generator for its new 39 Express. Capable of producing 62 amps at 120 volts, the diesel-powered generator features the freshwater-cooled Kubota Z428 twin cylinder diesel with Fischer Panda’s trademark freshwater-cooled asynchronous electrical end. The generator is netting strong sales in the outboard…more

PWC Industries is now Powersport Innovations

Fort Myers, Fla.-based PWC Industries has changed its name to Powersport Innovations, reflecting growth and a broader product line. “We have recently developed and introduced products that serve the total powersport industry,” said Paul Grzebielucha, president and CEO, in a statement. “We’re committed to developing reliable, quality products that not only make watercraft safer but…more

Museum celebrates 100 years of Evinrude

The Eisner Museum in Milwaukee is featuring a display in honor of Evinrude’s 100th anniversary, with engines dating to 1909. The exhibit, which opened last week, was designed to showcase the history of Evinrude outboards and return to its roots in Milwaukee, where Ole Evinrude built the first production outboard. “Evinrude outboards have always been…more

Sunsail wins charter award

Sunsail Sailing Vacations of Clearwater, Fla., was awarded Best Asia-Based Charter Company at the recent Asia Boating Awards 2009 in Shanghai. The awards recognize the efforts of boatbuilders, marinas, clubs and individuals in creating a diverse and exciting boating community in the region. Judges chose the winners from nominees drafted by Asia-Pacific Boating reader votes.…more

BRP running Evinrude sales promotion

Bombardier Recreational Products is launching a new Evinrude E-TEC promotion to boost retail sales. The “More Time on the Water Sales Event,” which kicked off April 20 and ends June 30, offers a five-year BRP factory-backed warranty, special consumer financing options, and a cash-back credit of up to $500. As an optional incentive, consumers can…more

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