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

Sea Hunt steps up production

Sea Hunt Boats has increased its production to keep up with demand, the company reports. “We are blessed; business is good and orders are steady. We have had to increase production to keep up with our dealers demand,” Capt. Larry Jett, director of dealer development told Soundings Trade Only. “We have some great dealers working…more

Feadship America president steps down

Feadship has announced Francois van Well will step down as president of Feadship America as of April 1. He will be joining Fort Lauderdale-based Merle Wood & Associates. “I know it has become somewhat of a cliché to say one is moving on to a new challenge, but in my case this is genuinely so,”…more

Dometic Marine hires global PR firm

Dometic Marine, a division of the Dometic Group, appointed Saltwater Communications to handle its global public relations. The appointment comes 18 months after Saltwater was chosen to handle Dometic’s European public relations and follows the decision by Dometic at the end of 2009 to streamline its press and publicity activity under one agency. Previously this…more

New owners sought for troubled boatbuilder

Voluntary administrators have taken control of Australian boatbuilder Mustang Marine. The move was triggered by a decision in Johannesburg, South Africa, where Mustang’s owner, Standard Bank Asia Limited, decided to withdraw financial support for the company, according to a report on GoldCoast.com. Failed merger talks with rival builder Riviera also aided the move, as Mustang…more

Nautic Global Group debuts new Web sites

Nautic Global Group launched a new corporate Web site. The site shares information about the company’s history, philosophies, and leadership. The Web site also consolidates many of the company’s online resources, such as its dealer portals, image bank, press room and contact information. “As a company, we’ve worked hard to achieve synergies and efficiencies in…more

IBBI hands out annual awards

Independent Boat Builders Inc. presented awards last week at its annual purchasing conference in St. Louis. IBBI honored Marine Fasteners, Piedmont Plastics and Reichhold as Supplier of the Year. Those companies were chosen on the basis of a survey completed by IBBI members, rating suppliers in six key categories. “These three suppliers have provided outstanding…more

Aluminum Chambered Boats CEO steps down

Aluminum Chambered Boats Inc. based in Bellingham, Wash., announced that CEO Larry Wieber stepped down, but will continue to be on the company’s board of directors. Jim Moore, president and COO, will continue to lead the company, according to a release. Wieber founded ACB Boats in 1998. The company builds rugged high-performance vessels for government,…more

Dometic Marine rolls out new logos

One year after Dometic Group created its Dometic Marine division, the company has introduced new logos “that define and harness the power of the Dometic Group,” the company said. Individual product brand logos are now enhanced with a ‘by Dometic Group’ byline to create a strong, corporate statement. “Last year was a year full of…more

Frisini Motorsports producing Spectre power cats

Frisini Motorsports announced it purchased the molds for Spectre power catamarans and is now producing boats at its manufacturing facility in Tampa Bay, Fla. “I saw a big gap in the market for a reasonably priced performance boat,” said Tony Frisian, owner of Lyndhurst, N.J.-based Frisini Motorsports, in a statement. “Performance boat prices have soared…more

KVH Industries leaders to speak in Florida

KVH Industries’ CEO Martin Kits van Heyningen and CFO Patrick Spratt will be speaking Wednesday at the Raymond James 31st annual Institutional Investors Conference in Orlando, Fla. The presentation, which is scheduled for 9:15 a.m., will be simulcast on the Internet and can be accessed via KVH Industries’ investor Web site. An audio archive of…more

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