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

Riviera drops Princess and Grand Banks brands

Riviera will no longer distribute the Princess Yachts and Grand Banks brands as it tries to pay off a $350 million debt. CEO John Anderson said that as of July 1 Riviera would not distribute those brands in Australia and New Zealand, Gold Coast Publications reports. Riviera, Australia’s largest luxury boatbuilder, announced in May it was…more

Sea-Doo PWC featured in reality show

Bombardier’s Sea-Doo personal watercraft will be featured in an upcoming episode of “Superstars,” a new reality TV show that debuts tonight on ABC. The show pairs eight athletes with eight celebrities for a variety of athletic competitions, with one team eliminated each week. The competitions include swimming, bicycle racing, rock climbing, kayak racing, and the…more

Moomba unveils new e-catalog

Moomba water-ski towboats, manufactured by Skier’s Choice Inc., launched a new interactive e-catalog on its Web site. The e-catalog provides full content product information to interested buyers within seconds of their request, and will open in any language the user has the computer set to. Other features include 3-D content views, a two-page view, page flips,…more

Ranger extends furlough by two weeks

Ranger Boats is extending a two-week furlough for two additional weeks because of reduced demand. Flippin, Ark.-based Ranger is one of 15 boat brands owned by Genmar Holdings, which filed June 1 for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Ranger officials told local media the furlough was unrelated to the Chapter 11 filing. Company officials could not…more

Tiara owners branch out into turbines

The owners of Holland, Mich.-based Tiara Yachts are branching out with the formation of Energetx Composites, which plans to manufacturer wind turbine blades, nacelles and spinners for use in large utility turbine applications. “Energetx Composites is uniquely positioned to provide precision engineering and world class manufacturing capacity in an optimal geographic location to effectively supply…more


Former boatbuilding executive goes from Burger to hot dogs

The former head of Burger Boat Co. has gone to the dogs – as in hot dogs. David Ross, former co-president of the Manitowoc, Wis.-based boat company, has opened his own Chicago-style hot dog stand where he serves up authentic Chicago-style hot dogs and Maxwell Street polish sausage. “It’s something that I’ve wanted to do…more

Fluke recalls digital clamp meters

Fluke Corp. recently issued a voluntary recall of certain 333, 334, 335, 336 and 337 digital clamp meters that were manufactured between Jan. 29, 2008 and Feb. 27, 2009. “If you own one of these clamp meters, please stop using it and send it back to Fluke for replacement,” the company said in a notice…more

Shrink-wrap seminar to be held in August

Dr. Shrink recently started Shrinkwrap University to educate those interested in learning about the business of shrink-wrap, and will hold its next seminar Aug. 13. The course touches on topics such as setting up a business, the general costs of running one as explained by a CPA, and marketing strategies. Safety training and hands-on shrink-wrap…more

Twin Disc announces cutbacks

Transmission equipment manufacturer Twin Disc announced it will reduce operating expenses through a number of corporate cost-cutting initiatives. The changes are the result of declines in demand for the company’s products, and current economic and market uncertainty at its domestic and international operations, the company said. Management estimates the cumulative savings of these cost-cutting initiatives…more


KVH wins award for TracPhone pocket guide

KVH Industries was recently honored by the Society for Technical Communication with an Award of Excellence for the TracPhone V7 Technician’s Pocket Guide at the STC’s International Competition. “KVH’s award-winning technical documentation is part of our comprehensive dealer and customer service experience. Awards from the Society for Technical Communication are evidence of the value we…more

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