Honda Marine and H2O Sports Manufacturing LLC have announced a new agreement to revive the Trophy brand of boats, which will be powered exclusively by Honda Marine engines.
Honda Marine is a marketer of a complete range of outboard marine 4-stroke engines. H2O Sports Manufacturing is the builder of Clearwater Sport Fishing Boats, Cape Craft Sport Fishing Boats and Outcast Skiffs.
Under the agreement, H2O Sports Manufacturing will produce a full new lineup of Trophy skiffs powered by Honda engines. The companies said the all-new Trophy models will be manufactured with all-new tooling and will incorporate the latest boatbuilding technology.
The Trophy lineup initially will consist of four V-bottom skiffs: 1800SVK, 2000SKV, 2200SVK and 2400SVK. Production of these models is projected to begin this summer at the H2O Sports Manufacturing facility in Americus, Ga.
In tandem, Honda Marine will supply H2O with selected outboard engine models from its Mid-Range BF Series (BF40, BF50, BF60, BF75, BF90 and BF100) and High Power BF Series (BF115, BF135, BF150, BF200, BF225, and BF250) as original equipment for the new Trophy models.
“We are excited to launch our partnership with H2O Sports Manufacturing, providing customers and dealers great value and outstanding quality in the skiff segment of the recreational boating market,” Mark DiPietro, senior manager at Honda Marine, said in a statement. “With class-leading performance, outstanding fuel efficiency and the reliability that boat owners value, Honda Marine engines will be power-matched for optimal performance for the new Trophy line of boats.”
Founded in 2014, H2O Sports Manufacturing has more than 30 dealers in the Southeast and said it plans to double the size of its network within the next year. The company said it is also expanding its manufacturing and employee footprint.
H2O is working with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division and local and state agencies to move its manufacturing operations into an upgraded 500,000-square-foot facility that puts a rehabilitated brownfield site back into use. The company said the addition of the Trophy line of skiffs to the current H2O lineup is expected to create 30 new jobs by the end of the year.
The all-new Trophy boats feature wood-free construction.
“We are proud to be a partner with Honda Marine, which has earned a reputation among OEMs as a highly respected provider of marine engines known for exceptional fuel economy, performance and reliability,” Chad Roberson, president of H2O Sports Manufacturing, said in a statement. “Generations of boat enthusiasts recognize the iconic Trophy brand as a desirable and highly seaworthy boat, and we are proud to continue that tradition as part of our new alliance with Honda Marine.”