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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.

BRP adds to Evinrude lineup

BRP recently launched its new Evinrude E-TEC 15-hp H.O. engine, featuring the Touch-Troll system, a 15-amp alternator that comes with no scheduled dealer maintenance for three years or 300 hours. “We’re delivering on our commitment to expand our Evinrude E-TEC lineup,” said Yves Leduc, vice president-general manager for BRP’s North American division, in a statement.…more

KCS hires 100 workers for new builds

KCS International Inc., the parent company of Cruisers Yachts and Rampage Sport Fishing Yachts, hired back 100 of its employees to work on new orders for both brands and to help complete the 2011 prototype of the 470 Cruisers Yachts Sports Coupe. “Although the past year has been pretty rough on the boating industry, our…more

Campion adds new resin to its boats

Campion Marine Inc., Canada’s largest fiberglass boatbuilder, will now manufacture its boats with Envirez, a renewably sourced bio-derived resin from Ashland Performance Materials. Envirez resin uses a substantial amount of soybean oil and corn derived ethanol in its formulation. “Ashland’s bio-based resin delivers the performance characteristics we want for our boats and it reduces our…more

Malibu holds winter sales promotion

Through its Winter Blast, Malibu Boats is lowering prices on all new 2009 and 2010 inventory and custom-ordered Malibu boats now through March 31. Malibu Boats, in cooperation with its dealer network, is offering discounts on new 2009 and 2010 Malibu boats, in-stock or custom orders, and is also giving consumers a choice of options.…more

MasterCraft owner buys Hydra-Sports

MCBC Hydra Boats, which purchased Hydra-Sports from Genmar for $1 million, is a subsidiary of the same company that owns MasterCraft Boat Co., CEO John Dorton confirmed to Soundings Trade Only. Both brands are now owned by Wayzata Investment Partners, a Minneapolis-based investment firm. “We started out with a real interest in Hydra-Sports from the…more

Teleflex names new CFO, gives 2010 forecast

Teleflex Inc. appointed Richard (Randy) Meier as executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective the close of business today. Meier was previously president and chief operating officer of Advanced Medical Optics, Inc., a publicly-traded $1.2 billion global ophthalmic medical device company. “Randy brings a depth of experience to the chief financial officer role, with…more

Dr. Shrink, Zap Enterprises join on training

International shrink-wrap supplier Dr. Shrink is partnering with Zap Enterprises to provide specialized shrink-wrap installation training. This strategic alliance enables Zap Enterprises to hold Shrinkwrap University sessions and on-site demos showing the versatility of shrink-wrap covers. “Mark [Magro, owner of Zap Enterprises] has become an integral part of our team,” said Mike Stenberg, president of…more

Former Crystal-Pierz head starts a new venture

Luke Kujawa, former Crystal-Pierz Marine president and COO, may have sold the majority of his Midwest dealerships, but that doesn’t mean the longtime industry veteran is leaving the boat business. In an interview with Soundings Trade Only, Kujawa said he’s recently started a new venture called EOF Opportunity. It is a management company that provides…more

Tracker Marine buys Crystal-Pierz Marine dealerships

Midwest dealer Crystal-Pierz Marine has sold its boat dealerships to Tracker Marine Group, according to published reports. A spokesman for the company did not immediately return calls this morning. No one from Crystal-Pierz could be reached for comment this morning, and the dealer’s Web site had been shut down. In July 2008, Crystal-Pierz Marine announced…more

Campion Marine reaches floorplan financing deal

Northstar Trade Finance Inc., a Canadian-based export lender, is expanding its offering of floorplan financing to Canadian-based Campion Marine. “We recognize that the number one issue for marine industry dealers in the U.S.A., at this point in history, is the lack of floorplan financing, so we have been working hard to find a solution,” general…more

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