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

Ranger, Evinrude unveil revamped Web site

Ranger Boats, in a joint effort with Evinrude, relaunched MyDreamRig.com, a Web site built to showcase the very best of the “dream rig” concept. MyDreamRig.com offers visitors an opportunity to see three of the most popular Ranger models in production – the new Z521 Comanche, 621 Fisherman and 1850 RS – packaged with industry-leading Evinrude…more

Evinrude retail promotion is under way

BRP launched an Evinrude E-Tec retail promotion for the upcoming boat show season. Consumers who purchase an eligible Evinrude E-Tec outboard engine (25-hp or up), will have the opportunity to take advantage of the “Get an Early Start Sales Event” promotion, which runs Jan. 1 through April 15. The promotion offers consumers a five-year BRP…more

KVH receives FCC license

KVH Industries announced that the Federal Communications Commission granted permanent “Earth Station onboard – Vessel” or ESV license authority for KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband satellite communications service. Prior to receiving this permanent license, the KVH mini-VSAT Broadband service has operated in U.S. waters under an FCC Special Temporary Authority since September 2007, while also supporting mariners…more

Tiara offshoot to hire employees

More employees could be hired as early as next week at Energetx Composites, the Holland, Mich.-based wind turbine startup that is an outgrowth of the Slikkers’ family Tiara Yachts company. A work force of nearly 300 is expected by summer 2011, in the wake of winning a $3.5 million clean-energy manufacturing grant, according to an…more

Rybovich, SNAME books released

With an insider’s perspective, Pat Rybovich, daughter of yacht designer Tommy Rybovich, has written a book about the builders’ 90-year history. The Rybovich story begins in 1947 when the three Rybovich brothers launched their first boat, and Rybovich Hull No. 1 would help spark today’s multibillion-dollar sportfishing industry. The book is a limited-edition volume featuring…more

Boat manufacturer’s building destroyed in fire

No one was hurt in a fire that destroyed a building this weekend at the Premier Marine complex in Wyoming, Minn. The building was used to house a welding shop for the pontoon boat manufacturer, according to an article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Wyoming Police Chief Paul Hoppe told the newspaper the fire hit…more

MasterCraft signs deal with IWWF

The International Waterski & Wakeboard Federation reached a six-year towboat agreement with MasterCraft, a manufacturer of inboard wakeboard, water ski and luxury performance boats. This will cover the world championships and disabled waterskiing, wakeboard and the water ski and wakeboard World Cup series. “This six-year agreement to partner the IWWF and MasterCraft in all world-titled…more

Donzi Marine reports boost in sales

Donzi Marine said it is experiencing an increase in retail sales. “There’s been a notable surge in retail activity over the past few months,” said vice president of sales Craig Barrie. “From Web traffic to boats built and delivered, we’ve charted a substantial increase in interest as well as demand.” Donzi experienced stronger-than-expected traffic at…more

Ranger Boats will continue to sponsor FLW Outdoors

FLW Outdoors says Ranger Boats has renewed sponsorship of its tournament series. “We’re proud to have such a strong partnership with Ranger Boats,” said Trisha Blake, chief marketing officer and executive vice president of FLW Outdoors, in a statement. “Ranger is the ultimate standard on the water. Their leadership within the world of competitive fishing…more

Premier Marine debuts new Web site

Pontoon manufacturer Premier Marine recently launched a new Web site. “This site goes beyond the average boat manufacturer’s Web site,” Premier president Bob Menne said in a statement. “I think we’ve taken it to the next level by presenting our customers with an exciting new look and an easy-to-navigate format for all the special features.”…more

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