Burger Boat wins passenger-boat contract

Burger Boat Co. was given a contract for the construction of Chicago's Leading Lady, a 98-foot steel passenger vessel, for Chicago's First Lady Cruises.

Chicago's Leading Lady is styled after 1920s luxury cruising yachts and will be used for private parties, wedding rehearsal dinners and corporate events, as well as serve as an official vessel for the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise.

The vessel was designed by Seacraft Design LLC, of Sturgeon Bay, Wis., and will be built at Burger Boat's shipyard in Manitowoc, Wis., on the western shore of Lake Michigan between Milwaukee and Green Bay.

Chicago's Leading Lady will be powered by two Caterpillar C12 main engines, w/ZF gearboxes and will have two Caterpillar C4.4 generators.


Suntex Acquires Tampa Area Marina

The Marinas at Little Harbor, with slips and drystack storage, is in a resort community that’s being developed in Ruskin, Fla.

Littelfuse to Acquire Carling Technologies

The $315 million transaction is expected to close in the fourth fiscal quarter.

Boat Sales and Fraud

Boat History Report has tracked a 123 percent increase in fraud on the preowned-boat market since the pandemic buying spree began.

Avoid Cutoff Confusion

Dealers should familiarize themselves with a new law requiring engine cutoff switches so they can inform their customers. Meanwhile, a new program puts Ohio youth in kayaks to learn about the importance of the Great Lakes.

Wave Wifi MNC1250

Wave WiFi’s new Dual Band Marine Network Controller with SIM-activated cellular system (MNC1250) distributes fast reliable internet onboard. It can be connected to any internet source and transmits both 2.4 and 5GHz AP signals for speed and reliability. Gigabit ports provide fast throughput and Wave’s proprietary Graphic User Interface makes it easy to set up and operate.

OneWater Acquires T-H Marine

OneWater Marine purchased the Huntsville, Ala.-based P&A provider for around $185 million.

Groupe Beneteau Acquires Starfisher

The Portugal-based yard builds powerboats from 25 to 35 feet and was doing subcontracting work for the group.