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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.

October stats: boat sales down sharply

Retail activity continued to fall as consumer confidence hit a record low in October. Preliminary registration data for the month showed a drop of 40.5 percent for all fiberglass boats, while aluminum sales fell 25.2 percent. The change in fiberglass affected most major markets around the country. This report is based on 29 states, including…more

Boats.com powers Tracker Marine dealer network

Boats.com launched a new Inventory Management Tool for Tracker Marine Group and the boatbuilder’s 600-plus dealer network. The new IMT exports data to the Tracker Marine Group corporate Web sites and seven portal partners through the use of the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s MATES data exchange standard. “In minutes, a Tracker dealer is able to…more

Ranger layoffs expected to be temporary

Ranger Boats in Flippin, Ark. laid off 130 employees and extended its normal two-week plant closing to four weeks in December because of a drop in orders from dealers, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports. The layoffs represent about 17 percent of the fiberglass boat maker’s 750 employees, the company said in media reports. A company official…more

North River Boats furloughs 60

North River Boats is temporarily laying off nearly 60 employees at its Roseburg, Ore., production facility, the company announced. The employees, three in administration and 54 in production, are expected to return to work Dec. 8 and Dec. 15 to begin production for the 2009 boat show season. The curtailment was a result of several…more

Ranger Boats launches redesigned Web site

Ranger Boats redesigned its Web site, offering visitors what it calls an easy-to-navigate portal offering more than 40 models and five different series.  Visitors to Rangerboats.com will see an expanded selection of high-resolution photography highlighting Ranger boats, from on-water running images to lifestyle shots. The site will also offer more print and video excerpts on…more

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Burger finds one of its boats from 1939

Burger Boat Company has purchased Angus, a rare 48-foot steel-hulled Burger Cruiser built in 1939. Arriving at the company earlier this week, the 69-year-old yacht made a brief stop at the Wisconsin Maritime Museum before continuing to the Burger yard. Angus will be restored to promote Burger and its employees, and to celebrate the builder’s…more

Tracker says plant closing will improve operations

Tracker Marine Group is relocating production of its three saltwater brands to “resize operations to align with the market.” Over the next few months Tracker will be moving production of its Mako, Seacraft and Kenner brands from Forest City, N.C., to other manufacturing plants. The move is expected to be completed in the first quarter…more

INNOVATION: ZF Marine debuts Joystick Maneuvering System

ZF Marine introduced at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show a system that controls low-speed steering and power via a helm joystick, bringing pod-like maneuverability to conventional shaft-driven inboard boats. “Boatbuilders are really excited about JMS because they don’t have to re-engineer the entire hull to accommodate a pod system,” Martin Meissner, ZF marketing manager,…more

MasterCraft of Orlando holding grand opening gala

MasterCraft of Orlando, the new Central Florida dealership launched by MasterCraft and the Walter N. Meloon family, will hold a grand opening celebration Friday and Saturday, Nov. 7-8. The event will include food, drinks, entertainment and prizes, as well as a selection of MasterCraft wakeboard boats and Sea-Doo personal watercraft. Waterskiing World Champion and International…more

Ferretti forms Allied Marine

Ferretti, which recently purchased Allied Richard Bertram Marine Group, announced the formation of a new company to focus on the U.S. market. Allied Marine is the newest company in the group’s portfolio. It will provide Ferretti customers in the United States with more personalized and comprehensive after-sales service. Robert McDougal has been named president of…more

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