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

Former Crystal-Pierz head starts a new venture

Luke Kujawa, former Crystal-Pierz Marine president and COO, may have sold the majority of his Midwest dealerships, but that doesn’t mean the longtime industry veteran is leaving the boat business. In an interview with Soundings Trade Only, Kujawa said he’s recently started a new venture called EOF Opportunity. It is a management company that provides…more

Tracker Marine buys Crystal-Pierz Marine dealerships

Midwest dealer Crystal-Pierz Marine has sold its boat dealerships to Tracker Marine Group, according to published reports. A spokesman for the company did not immediately return calls this morning. No one from Crystal-Pierz could be reached for comment this morning, and the dealer’s Web site had been shut down. In July 2008, Crystal-Pierz Marine announced…more

Campion Marine reaches floorplan financing deal

Northstar Trade Finance Inc., a Canadian-based export lender, is expanding its offering of floorplan financing to Canadian-based Campion Marine. “We recognize that the number one issue for marine industry dealers in the U.S.A., at this point in history, is the lack of floorplan financing, so we have been working hard to find a solution,” general…more

Fire hits Everglades facility in Florida

No one was injured after a fire broke out Sunday afternoon at the Everglades Boats manufacturing facility in Edgewater, Fla. The fire, which occurred in the research-and-development portion of the manufacturing plant, was believed to have started when an overhead factory light burst and showered sparks over a curtain separating work sections, the company said…more

Ranger, Evinrude unveil revamped Web site

Ranger Boats, in a joint effort with Evinrude, relaunched MyDreamRig.com, a Web site built to showcase the very best of the “dream rig” concept. MyDreamRig.com offers visitors an opportunity to see three of the most popular Ranger models in production – the new Z521 Comanche, 621 Fisherman and 1850 RS – packaged with industry-leading Evinrude…more

Evinrude retail promotion is under way

BRP launched an Evinrude E-Tec retail promotion for the upcoming boat show season. Consumers who purchase an eligible Evinrude E-Tec outboard engine (25-hp or up), will have the opportunity to take advantage of the “Get an Early Start Sales Event” promotion, which runs Jan. 1 through April 15. The promotion offers consumers a five-year BRP…more

KVH receives FCC license

KVH Industries announced that the Federal Communications Commission granted permanent “Earth Station onboard – Vessel” or ESV license authority for KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband satellite communications service. Prior to receiving this permanent license, the KVH mini-VSAT Broadband service has operated in U.S. waters under an FCC Special Temporary Authority since September 2007, while also supporting mariners…more

Tiara offshoot to hire employees

More employees could be hired as early as next week at Energetx Composites, the Holland, Mich.-based wind turbine startup that is an outgrowth of the Slikkers’ family Tiara Yachts company. A work force of nearly 300 is expected by summer 2011, in the wake of winning a $3.5 million clean-energy manufacturing grant, according to an…more

Rybovich, SNAME books released

With an insider’s perspective, Pat Rybovich, daughter of yacht designer Tommy Rybovich, has written a book about the builders’ 90-year history. The Rybovich story begins in 1947 when the three Rybovich brothers launched their first boat, and Rybovich Hull No. 1 would help spark today’s multibillion-dollar sportfishing industry. The book is a limited-edition volume featuring…more

Boat manufacturer’s building destroyed in fire

No one was hurt in a fire that destroyed a building this weekend at the Premier Marine complex in Wyoming, Minn. The building was used to house a welding shop for the pontoon boat manufacturer, according to an article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Wyoming Police Chief Paul Hoppe told the newspaper the fire hit…more

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