Sea Ray said it is introducing a new boat designed by an all-women team.
The SLX 260, available in sterndrive and outboard models, is Sea Ray’s first boat launched by an all-women design team and the first Sport Boat to showcase the new SLX design language, the company said in a statement yesterday.
Sea Ray senior design manager Carrie Fodor and Brunswick Boat Group senior industrial designer Kristin McGinnis led the project. The achievement highlights opportunities for women to thrive in boatbuilding.
“This launch not only sets a new benchmark for design, but further celebrates the advantages that a diverse workforce brings to the marine industry,” said Aine Denari, Boat Group president. “Carrie and Kristin are rising stars in our industry, and I am thrilled to see their success and the success of this fantastic launch. We strongly value the significant benefits that our diverse senior leadership team brings.”
Fodor said it is “exciting to be able to tell the story behind the boat,” and she credited Brunswick management for promoting a culture of possibility. “This SLX 260 project has been a long time in the making, and I’m so excited to finally be able to share this new boat with the world,” Fodor said.
“For any woman or minority that didn’t realize a career in the marine industry or the ability to design a boat was an option, this is proof that you can do something great,” she said.