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

Zodiac details Boater’s World product warranties

Zodiac of North America outlined its warranty policy for all of its products bought by a consumer through a Boater’s World liquidator. Zodiac will warrant all boxed boats, which are inflatable models, as though purchased through a normal dealer. Zodiac RIBs sold through liquidators do not come with a warranty, but if the customer takes…more

Yamaha says its PWC are tops in value retention

Yamaha WaveRunners retain their value better than other PWC, according to a comparison of Kelley Blue Book values of the 12 most popular models from each of the last five years, the company says. Yamaha had four out of the top five models with the highest percentage of retained value across all the models that…more


KVH offering $1,000 TracPhone credit

KVH Industries announced a deal Thursday at the Palm Beach Boat Show that will allow boaters to save money when installing a satellite communications system on board. The new promotion offers a $1,000 airtime credit to customers who purchase a new TracPhone 252 satellite communications system from now through June 30 and activate their Inmarsat…more


Cobra Marine MR F300 BT

You must compete with engine and wind noise if you want to carry on a cell phone conversation while under way. Cobra Marine’s MR F300 BT waterproof handset with Bluetooth wireless technology transmits phone calls loud and clear, according to the company. (Cobra’s product recently won a DAME Category Winner award at the 2008 Marine…more

IBBI gives out supplier awards

The Independent Boat Builders Inc. handed out awards last week during the group’s annual purchasing conference in St. Louis. Supplier of the Year awards went to Alcan Baltek, GEM Products, and Universal Products. The companies were chosen by IBBI members for their product quality, customer service, delivery, technical service, accurate invoicing, and warranty administration. IBBI also…more


SLIDESHOW: Q&A with Mirage founder Ken Fickett

Ken Fickett got his start when his mentor — Miami builder Raleigh Stapleton — loaded a truck with mat, resin, acetone and catalyst, and told a young Fickett, “I don’t care where you take it, just go and start your own business.” The directive was part altruism, part anger, but it set Fickett on a…more

Hard times continue for manufacturers

The downturn in the marine industry continues as two more companies react to the changing marketplace. MasterCraft Boat Co., of Vonore, Tenn., laid off a third of its work force last week, reducing its number of employees to 200. This compares to about 570 employees a year ago, which was a record year for MasterCraft…more

Three manufacturers announce cutbacks

Boatbuilders continue to adjust to slumping economic conditions, with several announcing layoffs or furloughs to meet the lower demand for boats. Here’s a roundup of recent announcements. Neodesha, Kan.-based Cobalt Boats today announced the layoff of 30 employees because of the poor economy. “It is very difficult to see fellow associates leave our company. Our…more

Trumpy back to building yachts

The Trumpy name is making a comeback after a 35-year hiatus. Trumpy Yachts, now headed by former Alden Yachts executive Jim Ewing, is introducing the Trumpy 63 Flush Deck Motor Yacht, to be built by Vicem Yachts. “The Trumpy 63 has been designed from original Trumpy drawings but enhanced with modern yacht systems, equipment and…more


Retiring Zodiac president honored by colleagues

MIAMI BEACH — J.J. Marie, longtime president of Zodiac of North America, was toasted by friends and colleagues Thursday at the Miami International Boat Show, in anticipation of his retirement at the end of the month. When he started with the company, Zodiac was a “little rubber boat manufacturer,” Marie told the crowd of more…more

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