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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.

Beneteau to increase model offerings

The Beneteau Group plans to offer 29 new models for the 2009-2010 season, compared with 18 new models it introduced for the current season. These new offerings are accompanied by an “innovative pricing policy” that will be in place until the end of 2009, the company announced. The Beneteau Group includes Beneteau, Jeanneau and Lagoon…more

Sea-Fire hosts seminar in Taiwan

Sea-Fire Marine of Baltimore recently hosted a training seminar at the Horizon Group shipyard in Taiwan on Sea-Fire’s latest fire-suppression and detection-systems technology. More than 25 Horizon employees attended the session. The event covered Sea-Fire’s history, worldwide service locations, and its entire line of engineered and pre-engineered systems, electronics and accessories. Topics included what causes…more

Riviera begins process of finding a buyer

The receivers for Riviera, Australia’s largest boatbuilder, say they have started the “expressions of interest” process for parties interested in acquiring the assets and business of the Riviera Group. “To date, we have received a significant level of enquiry regarding Riviera from both local and overseas parties,” Deloitte partner Chris Campbell said in a statement.…more

Crownline to restart production soon

The new owners of Crownline Boats say they expect to restart production in six to eight weeks, with plans to have models in time for the upcoming winter boat show season. “We plan on going to the boat shows this winter with a powerful company and a good direction,” Nathan Heisner, inside sales manager for…more

Vicem Yachts moves sales office

Vicem Yachts USA, the U.S. sales and service operation for Turkish motoryacht builder Vicem Yachts, moved its sales office to a more central location in downtown Newport, R.I. Vicem’s new office is at: 411 Thames Street, Unit 3, Newport, RI  02840. “Relocating our office closer to Newport’s thriving downtown waterfront is an ideal move for…more

Crownline finds a buyer

Crownline Boats has been purchased and will resume production in the near future, the company announced today. Tony Zielinski, owner of Leisure Properties, and Dave Wilson, owner of Misty Harbor and Ultracraft, have joined together to purchase Crownline Boats. Details of the deal were not released. Zielinski has extensive experience working for Ford Motor Company…more

Centurion goes factory-direct with distribution

Centurion boats is welcoming more than 40 new dealers to a factory-direct relationship as the boatbuilder assumes total distribution for all products worldwide. For nearly two decades, Centurion dealers in the western United States worked through a distributor whose contract expired. “We are living in unprecedented times in the marine business and this is the…more

SeaArk celebrates 50 years in business

Celebrating 50 years in business this year, SeaArk Boats will kick off its Golden Anniversary Celebration next week at its annual dealer meeting in Branson, Mo. Attendees will commemorate the occasion, and all dealers will be given a golden plaque for their stores recognizing them as an authorized dealer of SeaArk Boats. The family is…more

Ranger, Lowrance continue partnership

Ranger Boats, a Genmar Holdings subsidiary, is continuing its longstanding partnership with Lowrance Electronics/Navico. The news follows the recent introduction of Ranger’s 2010 models – confirming Lowrance Electronics as standard equipment on many of the company’s 40-plus models. This includes Lowrance’s new HDS (high-definition system), which offers networking features, radar and weather-monitoring capabilities, and the…more

Bradford Marine opens new facility in Fort Lauderdale

Bradford Marine is now offering a full line of services at Lauderdale Marine Center with the opening of a new facility in Bays 105 and 106. Services include naval architecture and engineering; electrical engineering and service; welding and fabrication; plumbing and pipefitting; carpentry; fiberglass; stabilizer and hydraulic repairs; optical and laser alignments; shaft reconditioning and…more

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