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WindRider International buys Michigan builder

Nickels Boat Works, which has built boats for more than 60 years, is now the manufacturing division of WindRider International.

Nickels Boat Works, which has built boats for more than 60 years, is now the manufacturing division of WindRider International.

Michigan-based Nickels builds eight models of sailboats and imports five models of sailing trimarans from Astus in France.

WindRider said it now serves a larger market, including the monohull, multihull, recreational and one-design (racing) sailing communities.

The staff will remain in place at Nickels and will have 14 models of sailboats in its lineup, including the Rave V.

The five models of one-design sailboats — Lightning, JY15, Buccaneer, Mutineer and Rebel — that Nickels has built for decades will benefit from WindRider’s marketing and sales expertise.

The Astus 16.5 made its debut at the Paris Boat Show with early sales success, the company said. This boat fits a niche in the trimaran segment because it is marketed as affordable, fast, and easy to use.

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