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

KVH secures 10-year Coast Guard contract

The Coast Guard selected KVH Industries Inc. to supply the next-generation satellite communications solution for its small cutter fleet. KVH’s TracPhone V7 satellite communication system and the mini-VSAT broadband service were chosen. The Coast Guard Telecommunications and Information Systems Command will deploy the system during a three- to five-year period aboard as many as 216…more


Jeppesen debuts C-MAP 4-D cartography

Navigation expert Jeppesen announced plans this week for the global debut of its C-MAP 4-D cartography on Geonav Multi-Function Display navigation systems. Units displaying the cartography were to be presented first to the industry at the National Marine Electronics Association convention, which concludes Saturday in Seattle. End users will be able to see the actual…more

Lund Boats moves Crestliner production

Lund Boat Co. recently brought its Crestliner plant to New York Mills, Minn. The move from Little Falls, Minn., could create jobs in New York Mills after layoffs in recent years. About 180 positions at the Little Falls plant will be affected, says Dan Kubera, director of media relations at Brunswick Corp., Lund’s parent company.…more

Ranger Boats signs on as fishing tourney sponsor

The Central Pro Am Tournament Association, which produces bass fishing tournaments, announced Ranger Boats as the official boat sponsor for the 2011 tournament season. “We are ecstatic,” Central Pro Am owner Jim Thompson said in a statement. “Ranger Boats and Central Pro Am have a storied history of success in the Midwest and the opportunity…more

Consolidation of Hatteras, Cabo production set to begin

Jim Meyer, president and CEO of Hatteras and Cabo yachts, said the two boat brands will be produced in smaller quantities going forward, but manufactured more efficiently. In an interview with local media in North Carolina, Meyer, 49, said the Cabo plant in California is expected to close by the end of the year and…more

Pro-Line, Donzi eye move to North Carolina

Production of Pro-Line and Donzi boats may be moving from Florida to Fountain Powerboats’ facilities in Washington, N.C., though officials at American Marine Holdings, which owns both boat lines, stressed that no final decisions have been made. “[We’re] still delving into the possibilities, looking at our options. We’re in discussions with the economic development people…more

KVH finalizes purchase of Virtek

KVH Industries completed the $6.5 million all-cash acquisition of Virtek Communication AS, the company announced. Norway-based Virtek specializes in the development and deployment of software known as “middleware” that helps commercial fleets and vessel owners manage the data transmitted to and from their vessels over satellite communications services, such as KVH’s mini-VSAT Broadband and Inmarsat…more

Malibu Boats receives award

Malibu Boats was named the 2010 Water Sports Industry Manufacturer of the Year by the Water Sports Industry Association at the recent Wakeboarding Magazine Wake Awards at Surf Expo in Orlando, Fla. Also honored was Axis Wake Research’s 2011 Axis 22 wakeboard boat, which was named the 2010 Water Sports Industry Most Innovative Product of…more

Rybovich is given lease to city marina

The Riviera Beach, Fla. city council this week agreed to lease the southern part of the city marina to Rybovich for 25 years, setting the stage for the boat company to establish a megayacht service yard there. However, the approval does not guarantee that Rybovich will be able to establish a megayacht service yard at…more

Southport Boats halts operations, will be sold

Southport Boats suspended operations pending a sale of the company’s assets by American Global Yacht Group, which purchased Southport’s assets last June. Operations were suspended last week, Southport’s former CEO, Frank Longino, told Soundings Trade Only this morning. About 15 employees will be affected by the suspension, he said. “AGYG originally purchased Southport as part…more

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