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


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

Tartan C&C wants your photographs

Tartan C&C Yachts wants to see pictures of its products and people enjoying the Tartan C&C life. Customers are asked to submit digital photos to its online photo contest. Entry categories include travel and destination, life aboard, sailing, exterior and interior detail,s and boats in interesting or scenic places. The contest is open to any…more

KVH signs agreement to lease satellite capability

KVH Industries Inc. of Middletown, R.I., has signed a multiyear agreement with SKY Perfect JSAT Corp. to lease satellite capacity on its JCSAT-1B and the new Intelsat-15 satellites. These satellites will provide mini-VSAT Broadband service coverage in Asia Pacific waters and in the Indian Ocean, respectively, starting late in the third quarter of 2009 and…more

Boatbuilder boosted by government orders

While other recreational boatbuilders are scaling back operations, Fort Lauderdale-based Midnight Express Powerboats has maintained full production throughout the year with contracts to build customized pursuit and interdiction vessels for security and training purposes, the company says. A U.S. Navy contract concluded this spring calls for Midnight Express to provide the Navy with 14 of…more

Chaparral, Robalo unveil new marketing campaign

Chaparral and Robalo Boats will tell “A Story of Strength and Stamina” as part of a new marketing campaign designed to bolster dealer and consumer confidence in the company, despite the economy. “We feel it’s time to shift focus from all the troubled economic news and send a confidence-building message to dealers and consumers alike,”…more

KVH takes over mini-VSAT network

KVH Industries has taken operational responsibility of the mini-VSAT Broadband service network supporting North America and the Caribbean. These regions were previously managed under a revenue-sharing agreement with SES Americom. KVH now has a leasing agreement with SES Americom for bandwidth on its AMC-21 and AMC-6 satellites. KVH also purchased from SES Americom the Miami…more

Hatteras extending summer furlough

New Bern, N.C.-based Hatteras Yachts is planning a furlough that will begin July 1 and run through mid-August, the company announced to employees this week. “Hatteras traditionally takes downtime in July,” Brunswick spokesman Dan Kubera told Soundings Trade Only. “Employees were told earlier this year that the time would likely be extended, due to anticipated…more

Nautic in process to buy Crownline Boats

Nautic Global Group, the manufacturer of Rinker Boats and Godfrey Marine brands, entered into a non-binding letter of intent to acquire the assets of Crownline Boats. “At this time, the actual purchase transaction has not been completed, and Nautic Global Group does not own Crownline,” the company said in a statement. “We are working through…more

Production shutdown continues at Crownline

Crownline Boats will not resume full production at its West Frankfort, Ill. facility today, as it had previously planned. “Currently active personnel will continue to serve our dealers and customers; however, production will be deferred pending resolution of Crownline’s previously announced initiative to secure investment capital,” the company said in a statement. Crownline shut down…more

Manitou endorses Web provider for its dealers

Manitou Pontoon Boats endorsed Marine Web Services as a Web site provider for its dealers in the United States. “This partnership will allow our dealers to tap into the infrastructure MWS offers, allowing them to bridge their brick-and-mortar sales efforts to the Internet,” said Greg VanWagenen, director of marketing and communications for Manitou, in a…more

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