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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.

Tracker says plant closing will improve operations

Tracker Marine Group is relocating production of its three saltwater brands to “resize operations to align with the market.” Over the next few months Tracker will be moving production of its Mako, Seacraft and Kenner brands from Forest City, N.C., to other manufacturing plants. The move is expected to be completed in the first quarter…more

INNOVATION: ZF Marine debuts Joystick Maneuvering System

ZF Marine introduced at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show a system that controls low-speed steering and power via a helm joystick, bringing pod-like maneuverability to conventional shaft-driven inboard boats. “Boatbuilders are really excited about JMS because they don’t have to re-engineer the entire hull to accommodate a pod system,” Martin Meissner, ZF marketing manager,…more

MasterCraft of Orlando holding grand opening gala

MasterCraft of Orlando, the new Central Florida dealership launched by MasterCraft and the Walter N. Meloon family, will hold a grand opening celebration Friday and Saturday, Nov. 7-8. The event will include food, drinks, entertainment and prizes, as well as a selection of MasterCraft wakeboard boats and Sea-Doo personal watercraft. Waterskiing World Champion and International…more

Ferretti forms Allied Marine

Ferretti, which recently purchased Allied Richard Bertram Marine Group, announced the formation of a new company to focus on the U.S. market. Allied Marine is the newest company in the group’s portfolio. It will provide Ferretti customers in the United States with more personalized and comprehensive after-sales service. Robert McDougal has been named president of…more

Burger, Sparkman & Stephens team up on motorsailers

Burger Boat Company and Sparkman & Stephens are joining forces to design and build custom aluminum motorsailers. These vessels will continue what was started with the first Sparkman & Stephens-designed aluminum yawl built by Burger in 1957. Burger’s worldwide fleet is composed entirely of unique yachts — built one of a kind, one at a…more

Dealer Digest

Turning Point Propellers is offering an improved Prop Wizard 2.0 program designed to make every dealership a prop expert. The program has been updated with the new Legacy, Patriot and Voyager series propellers and more 2007 boat models. Dealers can now customize the program to show only specific propellers. Also, boat and engine selection pages…more

Scout donates boat for auction

Scout Boats, of Summerville, S.C., recently donated a 191 Bay Scout to benefit the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. The boat will be put up for auction at a fund-raising event planned for Oct. 29 at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum in Fort Lauderdale. The event will be hosted by Guy Harvey, with…more

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Nordic Tugs CEO Cress dies at 62

Nordic Tugs Inc. is mourning the passing of president and CEO Jim Cress, who died Oct. 18 from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident. Born May 13, 1946 in Chicago, Cress joined Nordic Tugs of Burlington, Wash., as a sales manager in 1989. He left the company in 1993 to start SkipperCress Yacht Sales, an…more

Sea Ray plant hits safety milestone

Workers at Sea Ray Boats’ Riverview plant in Knoxville, Tenn., have reached the milestone of 4 million work hours without a lost-time incident. “Safety is no stranger to Sea Ray’s plants. It’s part of who we are and how we build boats,” said Rick Stone, president of Sea Ray, in a statement. “Still, this is…more

Hatteras going with leaner operations

Hatteras Yachts is making changes to its production schedule that call for fewer hours for employees, four-day work weeks, and a two-week plant closing in December, a spokesman for Brunswick Corp. confirmed this morning. The New Bern, N.C.-based boatbuilder usually closes for one week at Christmas but will this year close for two weeks. Hatteras…more

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