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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.

Test your safety knowledge with an online quiz

Manitou Pontoon Boats is partnering with Discover Boating and Boatsafe.com to create an online quiz that gives boaters a refresher safety course for National Safe Boating Week. National Safe Boating Week is May 22-28. The quiz consists of 25 questions testing a boater’s knowledge of standard safety procedures, and can be easily be added to…more

Donzi Marine reports higher sales

Donzi Marine officials say the company is experiencing strong retail demand, with nearly 100 boats sold since last summer. “From July 2009 to April 2010, over 95 Donzi boats have been sold and delivered to retail customers,” said John Walker, senior vice president and chief operations officer for Donzi’s parent company, American Marine Holdings. “Certainly…more

Commercial boat manufacturers form partnership

Metal Shark Boats is partnering with Rescue One Connector Boats to add to Rescue One’s lineup of multi-use, unsinkable, interconnectable flood/dive rescue and firefighting vessels. The partnership allows Rescue One to continue its focus on building small, versatile rescue boats while adding Metal Shark’s speed, capacity, and military-grade construction to the equation. Rescue One will…more

Sportboat builder transitions to 2011 models

Canadian boatbuilder Campion Marine announced today it will switch 100 percent of its production to 2011 serial numbers effective July 1. “Inventory levels at our dealers are very clean and current and we welcome the opportunity to build for them and for new dealers, our great lineup of Allante sportboats and cruisers, Explorer sport-utility boats,…more

Sunsation reports record early sales on 36-footer

Michigan-based Sunsation Powerboats reports record prerelease sales with the introduction of its new 36-foot Dominator. “It’s unbelievable,” said vice president of sales and marketing Joe Schaldenbrand, in a statement. “Even now, after our first delivery to Captain’s Marine, in Destin, Fla., the orders are pouring in. That’s what we had hoped for.” The introduction of…more

Officials to vote on Rybovich’s proposed megayacht yard

The Riviera Beach, Fla. city council is expected to vote next week on agreements with Viking Developers LLC and Rybovich Portside LLC that would launch a $59 million plan to rebuild the marina and surrounding property. But the marina deal will not move ahead until the city gets approvals from the state Department of Environmental…more

Vicem Yachts holds Bahamian rendezvous

Vicem Yachts recently held its first rendezvous event as a fleet of 12 yachts carrying 75 guests converged last month on the Old Bahama Bay Luxury Oceanfront Resort on Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas. A variety of water and land excursions, along with a traditional Bahamian barbecue kept guests busy during daylight hours, while a “White…more

Maritimo confirms purchase of Mustang Marine

Bill Barry-Cotter, founder and CEO of Maritimo, confirmed his company has purchased the assets of Mustang Marine. Maritimo bought the intellectual property and molds and will maintain the Mustang brand. Distribution will continue through some existing dealers, though boats will also be sold through Maritimo dealers, it was announced. Barry-Cotter said the purchase was a…more

Hydra-Sports rolls out 2011 models

Hydra-Sports Boat Co., the former Genmar brand recently bought by MasterCraft Boat Co. and its partners, announced that it has ramped up production and rolled completed 2011 models off the line this week. “There is no question this is a big moment for the Hydra-Sports brand,” said John Dorton, president and CEO, in a statement.…more

Luxury automaker turns to luxury yachts

The designers at Mercedes-Benz will be styling other products in the future, including yachts, the company says. The portfolio of the newly established “Mercedes-Benz Style” division will comprise not only transportation-related products but also furniture and lifestyle products as well as industrial design, the company said on its Web site. “In accordance with the original…more

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