Boatbuilding

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Florida boatbuilder holds ‘crash test’

This summer at Nauset Marine in Orleans, Mass., Boston Whaler re-enacted its legendary stunt of cutting one of its foam-filled unsinkable boats in half and taking both floating halves for a spin on the water. Not to be outdone, South Florida boatbuilder SeaHunter recently hoisted one of its 7,000-pound, 35-foot center consoles about 20 feet…more

Boat designer debuts new blog

Jon Persson Designs launched a company blog devoted to an ongoing discussion of new and existing boat designs, concepts and ideas by Jon Persson and of legacy designs by his father, Seth Persson. Updates and comments will be posted as new projects develop, from initial discussions to finished boats. Open forums are being included to…more

Magazine features top 2012 sailboat nominees

Sail magazine announced the 2012 Best Boats fleet in its September issue. This year’s lineup of more than 40 newcomers is made up of monohulls and catamarans of all sizes making their debut at the fall boat shows. There are five Best Boats categories: small boats, cruising monohulls, cruising multihulls, performance boats and flagships, plus…more

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Toyota unveils first in series of cruisers

Toyota Motor Corp. announced the launch in Japan today of the Ponam-35, its newly developed leisure boat. The Ponam-35 — the first of a new class in the Ponam series — is a cruiser ideal for pleasure cruising and fishing, the company said. It features a rigid hull of a high-strength aluminum alloy and a…more

SeaArk Marine halts new boat orders

Military and industrial aluminum boat builder SeaArk Marine announced it will temporarily suspend acceptance of new boat orders until further notice. SeaArk Boats, the recreational aluminum boat builder, currently enjoys steady sales and is unaffected by SeaArk Marine’s decision. Each company serves different product markets with separate sales and distribution methods, the company said. Because…more

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Rev. Moon set to unveil new sportfishing boat

The Rev. Dr. Sun Myung Moon of Korea, honored by millions around the world as a prophet, peacemaker, wedding convener, newspaper publisher and fisherman, will add a new credential to his résumé: boat designer. The 91-year-old Moon has been tinkering for years with new designs of fishing boats built by his company, Master Marine Yacht…more

Protector boat owners embark on Alaskan voyage

Protector USA announced the first voyage, Alaska’s Inside Passage, in its inaugural Adventure Series. Departing today, the event will take Protector boat owners on an 800-mile excursion from Seattle to Lasqueti, British Columbia, and back in six days. “Our Adventure Series is designed to bring Protector boat owners together for exciting on-the-water excursions that take…more

Sea Hunt adds standard misting systems

Marine misting systems from Mist-er-Comfort Inc. are now a standard feature on Sea Hunt 25-, 27- and 29-foot hardtop center-console boats. “Mist-er-Comfort misting systems are a cost-effective, value-added benefit for our owners, allowing them to comfortably enjoy their Sea Hunt, even on the hottest days,” Sea Hunt vice president of sales Joel Moss said in…more

Chesapeake Light Craft given economic honor

Annapolis, Md.-based Chesapeake Light Craft was awarded a “Better with Less” award from the state for thriving during the economic downturn while streamlining resources. The company, owned by John Harris, is the world’s largest manufacturer of boatbuilding kits. It sells kits and plans for wooden kayaks, canoes, rowboats and small sailboats, the Daily Journal newspaper…more

Texas startup offers steering system rebuilds

When a boater brings a marine dealer a problem with a hydraulic steering system, typically a leaky cylinder or helm, a technician can take one of two routes – replace the seals and see whether that fixes the problem or recommend replacement with a new unit. Boat Steering Rebuilders LLC in Adkins, Texas, offers a…more

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