Manufacturing

Martin Kits van Heyningen, CEO, KVH, on the manufacturing floor on the day KVH shipped its first TracPhone V11-HTS in April 2019. Photo: KVH

Interview: Martin Kits van Heyningen, CEO, KVH

Connectivity is the backbone of modern maritime operations as ships and boats at sea increasingly become connected. We recently met with Martin Kits van Heyningen, CEO, KVH, to discuss the evolution of communication in the maritime sector and so much more, as KVH is diverse and engaged in a number of markets -- including autonomy for 10 years with work on about 30 different  platforms for self-driving vehicles.To start, give us a “State of KVH” today.We started originally in the leisure market…

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New Harbor in the Island of São Miguel (Azores)

On the island of São Miguel, in the Azores, a new harbor has been built by local authorities. The harbor with a capacity of 58 boats is located in Povoação, on the south eastern side of the archipelago’s largest island.The initiative taken by the local Municipal Authority of Povoaçao wascarried out with the objective of promoting nautical tourism in this area of the island as well improving conditions for local boaters. The execution of the design, manufacturing and installation…

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BRP Completes Acquisition of Telwater

BRP has announced the completion of the previously-announced acquisition of 80% of the outstanding shares of Telwater Pty, Ltd ("Telwater"), Australia's leading manufacturer of aluminum boats and trailers.As BRP’s third boat acquisition, Telwater’s addition to the Marine Group is another step in helping create a strong offering and foundation to expand into new markets, with the objective of transforming the marine industry as it did for powersports.The Telwater commitment to…

Malibu Boats Announces c-Suite Changes

Paxson St. Clair steps down from roles as President of Cobalt Boats and Board Member of Malibu Boats, Inc. Shane Stanfill announced as President of Cobalt Boats and Chip Smith joins Malibu Boats, Inc. as Vice President of MarketingIn a letter to all Cobalt Employees, Paxson St. Clair officially announced this week that he would be stepping down from his role as President of Cobalt Boats and Board Member for Malibu Boats, Inc. to spend more time with family. Paxson will remain highly engaged with the brand that he and his family built by assuming a part-time role focused on Cobalt Dealer development and sales strategy.

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Royal Huisman Takes on Holland Jachtbouw Yard

Royal Huisman, a Dutch shipyard that specialises in the building and repair of sailing yachts, said that it will take over the Holland Jachtbouw facility in Amsterdam for further expansion.The facility, which entered the ownership of the Port of Amsterdam on May 14, will now be leased to Royal Huisman, which will dedicate the yard to its future new-build and refit projects."With the arrival of Royal Huisman, the port of Amsterdam has attracted yet another yacht manufacturer with a Royal Charter…

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BRP To Acquire Telwater

BRP has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 80% of the outstanding shares of Telwater Pty Ltd, one of Australia’s largest manufacturers of aluminum boats and trailers. Following the closing of the contemplated acquisition, Paul Phelan, Telwater’s current owner and Managing Director, will continue to play an important role in the operations of the business and will hold 20% of the company’s outstanding shares.Once the intended acquisition is completed…

Hythe Shipyard in Southampton (courtesy of Fairline)

Hythe Shipyard Opens in Southampton

Fairline Yachts announced the opening of Hythe Shipyard at its new manufacturing facility on the south coast of England. Originally designed and built by the U.S. Navy in the 1950s, the slipway at Hythe was used to launch landing craft that were manufactured at the site. Fast forward half a century and this impressive piece of mechanical engineering has been given new purpose as the only slipway of its kind on Southampton Water.Hythe Shipyard facilities accommodate vessels of up to 950 tonnes and 11.5 meters in beam…

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Shipbuilding: Rewriting the Book

As maritime digests a number of historical changes, Norway’s Fjellstrand shipyard wants to put aside the rule book and look at the whole process in a new way, reducing engineering costs up to 70% and production costs up to 20%.The process of designing and building a ship, even in today’s highly standardized mass manufacturing environment, remains largely a one-off, one-of-a-kind design and build. Ships are most often built to a shipowner’s or operator’s specific requirements, which are often based on fixed parameters such as speed…

Geoffrey van Aller launched his own marine design firm, van Aller Yacht & Naval Design, in Ocean Springs, MS. Photo courtesy Geoff van Aller.

Whirlwind of change: Where’s Trinity Yachts' crew today?

Four key players of the disbanded Trinity Yachts, once the world’s sixth largest custom yacht builder, are working in new roles in yachting since the company’s break-up about four years ago.Billy Smith, Geoffrey van Aller, Jim Berulis and Phil Nuss rolled with the punches, just as they did when this author interviewed them at Trinity’s Cinco de Mayo crayfish boil celebrating their new Gulfport facility in Mississippi in May, 2006. In a region suffering after Hurricane Katrina toppled the Gulf Coast and sank New Orleans on August 29…

The newest Hargrave is a 120-foot motor yacht for Galati. Photo courtesy Hargrave Custom Yachts

Hargrave Yachts seeks investor

Michael Joyce, 75, whose family trust owns the Hargrave company, will move Hargrave Custom Yachts into a standalone corporation in 2019. Seeking capital to grow the company, Joyce seeks a financial partner to supply secured lines of credit for a half-interest in Hargrave Custom Yachts.“The investor needs a secured credit line minimum of $27 million,” said Mike Joyce. “About $50 million would take the company to the next level.”Joyce plans to retire upon teaming with a new financial partner…

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Mercury Marine Celebrates 80th Anniversary in 2019

Mercury Marine will celebrate its 80th anniversary throughout 2019, reflecting on its strong heritage of innovation and leadership in the marine industry.On January 22, 1939, E. Carl Kiekhaefer purchased a bankrupt engine manufacturing plant in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Now, 80 years later, the business that emerged from those modest beginnings, Mercury Marine, is a company with 7,000 global employees that is heralded as the world’s leading manufacturer of marine propulsion systems…

Currie to Step Down as MD at Fairline Yachts

Fairline Yachts announced Russell Currie is stepping down from the role of Managing Director after three years at the helm. Currie will return to leading his dealership, Fairline North Mallorca.Under Russell’s leadership Fairline Yachts has secured many significant achievements including winning two World Yacht Trophies for best exterior design of the Targa 63 GTO and Targa 43 OPEN and receiving the Motor Boat & Yachting Judges’ Special Award 2018 for ‘the best turnaround of a business.’ Part of the boat builder’s turnaround has been the acquisition of the 200…

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Malibu Boats Acquires Pursuit Boats

Malibu Boats, Inc., a global manufacturer of recreational fiberglass boats, has announced that it has closed the acquisition of Pursuit Boats.Total consideration for the transaction is $100 million, which was paid with $50 million of cash on hand and $50 million of borrowings under an incremental revolving credit facility that was added to Malibu’s existing credit facility."As a leader in the saltwater outboard fishing segment, Pursuit is an incredible addition to the Malibu family.

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Sea Knees Helps Boat Operators Stand Pain-free

Shock mitigation device absorbs impact brought about by rough seasJohn Haas spent most weekends for the past two decades living on the open water. Eventually, the continual pounding took a toll on his health, and he developed a herniated disk that required him to temporarily discontinue his favorite pastime. He even needed surgery and extensive rehabilitation to get back to normal health.“When the disk was coming out, it felt like a tongue sticking into my spinal cord,’’ said Haas, a resident of Stuart, Fla. “I didn’t have any feeling in my right leg. First it was pain, and then went numb.

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MasterCraft to Acquire Crest Marine

MCBC Holdings, the parent entity of MasterCraft Boat Company, and NauticStar announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Crest Marine, a vertically integrated manufacturer of high-quality pontoon boats in the United States, for approximately $80 million.MasterCraft also expects that approximately $10 million net present value of future net tax benefits will accrue to the combined company. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of calendar 2018…

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New Great Harbor TT35 Powered by Suzuki From Mastry

The new Great Harbor Trawler TT35 from Mirage Manufacturing is a unique, outboard-powered liveaboard cruiser. When the father and son design team of Ken and Travis Fickett went looking for the ideal power solution, they turned to Mastry Engine Center and the ultra-efficient Suzuki DF60AV.The choice of Suzuki outboard power for the TT35 has many advantages. Because the engines are outside the hull, it frees-up internal space for storage. Inside, it's exceptionally quiet with no perceptible vibration. Maintenance is simpler with easier access than an inboard.

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Star Brite Acquires Snappy Marine

Star brite, a subsidiary of Ocean Bio-Chem, Inc, has announced the acquisition of Snappy Marine, Inc., a distributor of teak care products for the marine industry. Strong consumer confidence continues to drive sales of recreational boats, which in turn is resulting in an increase in demand for boat care products, including the consistently strong teak care segment. By acquiring Snappy, a well-recognized brand with an established U.S. and International following, Star brite immediately…

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Interview: John Canada, President, Ocean5 Naval Architects

John Canada founded Ocean 5 Naval Architects in 2007, arguably the worst time in history to start a maritime company as the industry was just entering the worst downturn in a generation. But more than 10 years later, and with the industry still in recover mode, Canada and his company are still standing. Ocean5 has become synonymous with sportfish, luxury, performance and composite high speed small craft naval architecture, and the company’s international presence is founded on patrol craft…

HRH The Earl of Wessex Visits Sunseeker

Sunseeker International welcomed HRH The Earl of Wessex last week to its manufacturing facilities in Poole.During his visit, The Earl helped the company to recognize a sales milestone for its 76 Yacht, a model which launched at the Southampton Boat Show in September last year.His Royal Highness was in Poole as part of his commitments to promote The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE), the world’s leading youth achievement program.Sunseeker, which has a very successful apprenticeship program that was recently awarded ‘Best Apprenticeship and Training Scheme’ at the International Boat Builder Awards…