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Lippert Components Buys Smoker Craft’s Marine Furniture Operation

Lippert Components Buys Smoker Craft’s Marine Furniture Operation

08-Dec-2018

In a long-term agreement, Smoker Craft has sold its marine furniture manufacturing operation to Lippert Components. The outsourcing means Lippert will sell upholstery and seating products to Smoker Craft so the latter company can focus on building boats. “This is an exciting day for Sm...
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Maritimo Adds B & E Marine to Dealer Network

Maritimo Adds B & E Marine to Dealer Network

04-Dec-2018

Australian luxury motoryacht manufacturer Maritimo has expanded its U.S. reach with the appointment of Michigan City, Indiana-based B & E Marine as a dealer partner. Co-Founder Ronald Bensz started the company in 1953 with his friend Rolland Evett. A few years later he became sole owner and...
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Hully Gully Becomes Newest Ontario Four Winns Dealer

Hully Gully Becomes Newest Ontario Four Winns Dealer

29-Nov-2018

Four Winns boats is expanding its network of dealers in London, Ontario, with the addition of Hully Gully Powersports & Marine. The dealership was established in 1971 and currently offers a 25,000-square-foot showroom to southwestern Ontario. “We’re proud to add another great...
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Azimut Exceeds $50 Million in Sales

Azimut Exceeds $50 Million in Sales

29-Nov-2018

Yacht brand Azimut is aiming to be the top-ranked builder in the country by 2020. After recent success at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, where 15 yachts were sold, that goal is closer than ever. “Our objective is to become the top-ranking shipyard in the USA over the next...
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Prestige Yachts Adds Colony Marine to Dealer Network

Prestige Yachts Adds Colony Marine to Dealer Network

28-Nov-2018

Detroit-based Colony Marine is the newest Prestige Yachts dealer for the eastern Michigan region, including Lake Huron, Lake St. Clair and Lake Erie. “We are excited to partner with Prestige Yachts to offer our customers these exceptionally designed yachts,” says president and owner...
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MCBC Expects to Close Crest Marine Acquisition By the End of the Year

MCBC Expects to Close Crest Marine Acquisition By the End of the Year

08-Nov-2018

MasterCraft Boat Holdings, Inc., the parent of MasterCraft and NauticStar, announced its plans to finish the takeover of Crest marine by the fourth quarter. Crest Marine, a Michigan pontoon boatbuilder, was acquired for $80 million. “This is a uniquely positioned brand, giving us addit...
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Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales Now Offers HCB Brand

Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales Now Offers HCB Brand

26-Oct-2018

HCB Center Console Yachts has signed Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales (JBYS) to its factory partner business network called the Annex Program. “We’ve been serving the Great Lakes yacht buyer for two generations, and we find HCB’s business philosophy to be consistent with today&rsq...
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SkipperBud’s Joins Beneteau Powerboats Dealer Network

SkipperBud’s Joins Beneteau Powerboats Dealer Network

25-Oct-2018

SkipperBud’s is the newest Beneteau Powerboats Division dealer. SkipperBud’s will add the Gran Turismo, the Monte Carlo and the Swift Trawler lines to dealership portfolios in eastern Michigan and Ohio. “This is a natural evolution for SkipperBud’s. Beneteau is already a...
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Beneteau Brings Outboard Line to North America

Beneteau Brings Outboard Line to North America

08-Oct-2018

Coming to the North American market for the first time is Beneteau’s Antares range of outboard powerboats. The Antares 21, 23 and 27 outboards are the new generation of pocket cruising boats powered by Mercury engines. Features include a spacious wheelhouse with panoramic views, a cleverl...
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MCBC Will Launch a New Brand Next Year and Three New Models

MCBC Will Launch a New Brand Next Year and Three New Models

20-Sep-2018

In its sales report for the fourth quarter, MCBC Holdings, which owns MasterCraft and NauticStar, announced a 6.3 percent sales gain compared to fourth quarter 2017, and that it will launch a new brand next year. “Retail activity with regard to MasterCraft strengthened throughout fisca...
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