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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.

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

Jeanneau America reports strong sales in Annapolis

Jeanneau America is reporting strong results from the U.S. Sailboat Show, which runs through today in Annapolis. Jeanneau says it has a record number of boats on display, including the 54DS, 50DS, 45DS 42DS, 49i, 44i, 39i, 36i and the new Sun Fast 3200. While sales have been strong across the entire range of boats…more

Bertram offers new warranty

Bertram Yacht is offering a limited warranty that will be extended to two years on manufacturer-built construction and encompasses five years for the yacht’s hull and fiberglass structural components. The new two-year warranty period will apply to all 2009 and future Bertram yachts. The new warranty, under the Bertram Limited Warranty, will cover repairs or…more

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