Boatbuilders make news when they mark production milestones, roll out fresh lines of boats and relocate to new facilities. And boatbuilding isn't limited to companies. Enterprising Individuals sometimes build a boat for themselves.

The Boston Whaler 380 Outrage was one of several center consoles from 30 to 41 feet that were introduced at the show.

Big and bigger center consoles

Jaws were dropping just a few years ago when at least a half-dozen boat companies introduced center consoles north of 40 feet, and one  — HydraSports Custom — eclipsed 50 feet with its 53 Suenos.

Employees at Great Lakes Boat Top’s Tennessee plant sew and assemble canvas for the company’s boatbuilder customers.

60 years later and it’s still tops

In a three-car backyard garage in 1954 Detroit, retired bus and streetcar driver William Parks, his 18-year-old son and his wife decided to start a business that made and sold boat covers.

Sparkman & Stephens has a new owner

Sparkman & Stephens, the naval architecture and brokerage firm that Olin Stephens and Drake Sparkman founded in 1929, said today that it was acquired by a group of private investors led by Brooke S. Parish and John B. Reuter.

MagicEzy adds U.S. sales rep

MagicEzy, of Australia, appointed Haimes Coleman to represent the company’s range of fiberglass repair products throughout the southern United States.

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