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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.

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Nordic Tugs brings back its 26-footer

Nordic Tugs is reintroducing the classic Nordic Tug 26 at the Seattle Boat Show, which runs through Feb. 1. The Nordic Tug 26 debuted in 1980 at the Seattle Boat Show, but the company stopped production in 1997. “The Nordic Tug 26 is as popular today as it was in the ’80s,” said David Goehring,…more

Zodiac launches rebate program

Zodiac of North America is offering a retail promotion that allows consumers to save up to $500 on Zodiac and Avon inflatables and RIBs. “Recreational RIBs are taking hold in America as primary boats due to their fuel efficiency and ride quality,” said Gary Durnan, vice president of Zodiac, in a statement. “Offering a rebate…more

New broadband service covers Pacific region

KVH Industries and ViaSat have rolled out mini-VSAT broadband satellite communications services for the Pacific region. The new coverage area includes Alaska, the west coasts of Canada and the United States, Hawaii, and extends into Asia. Vessels, as well as planes, now have access to uninterrupted Ku-band Internet and voice services from the Asian coast…more

Cape Cod boat show is just weeks away

The third annual Boatbuilders Show on Cape Cod returns Feb. 13-15 at the Resort and Conference Center in Hyannis, Mass. More than 3,000 people visited the show last winter to see a large selection of unique, custom and limited-production boats in both wood and fiberglass. This year, boaters will find more than 30 exhibitors and a…more

Cobra Marine chooses newest rep

Cobra Marine tapped Ocean Equipment as its newest representative for California and the neighboring states. The Irvine, Calif.-based representative firm provides a program of sales and marketing, warehousing, technical support and order services. “We chose Ocean Equipment for their thorough knowledge of marine electronics and solid relationships with marine electronics dealers and national retailers,” said…more

Hatteras reduces work force as part of restructuring

Hatteras Yachts laid off 330 employees in the last two days as part of a restructuring prompted by the continuing slump in marine sales. “The restructuring involved a lot of long-term employees,” Hatteras Yachts chairman Bill Naumann told Soundings Trade Only this morning. “It was a painful thing to do.” However, given the current economic…more

Hinckley hopes layoffs will be temporary

Despite the success of its new Picnic Boat, The Hinckley Company announced layoffs at its Trenton, Maine, production facility due to the industry-wide slump in sales. “While the launch of the new Picnic Boat has been the most successful new product launch in the company’s 80-year history, we have seen overall revenues continue to soften…more

Sunseeker launching yacht-management service

A new service designed to offer seamless yacht management to Sunseeker owners will launch this week at the London International Boat Show. Sunseeker Superyacht Management looks after every aspect of the maintenance, operation and administration of a Sunseeker vessel. “It’s also no secret that a properly managed and maintained yacht retains a much higher value…more

Dealers and Distributors

Legendary Marine, with four locations in Florida and Alabama, will take on nine Genmar boat lines in an exclusive relationship from Tallahassee, Fla., west to Gulf Shores, Ala. The certified marine dealership will take on Four Winns, Windsor Craft Yachts, Wellcraft, Scarab, Hydra-Sports, Carver Yachts, Glastron, Seaswirl and Triumph boats as a full line dealer…more

Brunswick shutting down Sea Ray plant

Brunswick Corp. this morning announced plans to “mothball” its Riverview boatbuilding facility near Knoxville, Tenn., which manufactures Sea Ray boats. Production will wind down during the first quarter. Approximately 300 production and support positions will be lost in Riverview, but Brunswick said it will work to transfer as many people as possible to the Knoxville…more

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