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Xtreme Companies Acquires Challenger Offshore

Xtreme Companies, Inc. announced the acquisition of 100% of the outstanding shares of semi-custom boat manufacturer Marine Holdings, Inc. In exchange for $4.3 million in cash, Xtreme received the Challenger business and assets including its gross order backlog of $1.6 million, boat inventory, boat molds and real estate which includes Challenger's 65,000 square ft. boat manufacturing facility located on 12 acres in Washington, MO. The transaction was financed with conventional loans provided by a Missouri-based regional bank. Xtreme Companies, Inc. is engaged in manufacturing and marketing of mission-specific Fire-Rescue and Patrol boats used in emergency, surveillance and defense deployments. Marine Holdings, Inc.(MHI) d/b/a Challenger Offshore manufactures semi-custom fiberglass boats of 19 to 97 ft., which include leisure, performance, fishing and motor yachts.


Corporate Coastal Yacht

Pluckebaum Custom Boats recently launched a custom 80 ft. corporate coastal yacht, designed for dining and entertaining large groups of corporate customers. The vessel is designed to take customers on a three or four hour afternoon or evening cruise, and serve them a complete, sit-down gourmet meal. The yacht was built to replace an older 65 ft. vessel. The interior joiner work features custom milled tongue-and-groove African mahogany walls, ceilings and cabinetry


Shipyard files Chapter 11, but Derecktor Maintains its Course to Grow

Derecktor Shipyards Conn., LLC last month filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. The company said the filing was the result of a single contract dispute, and that it is still busy and fully staffed, working on several newbuild projects, including a contract to build a massive 85.6-m motor yacht, a 45-m catamaran and a pair of tugboats for Boston Towing and Transport


Keel Laid for Third Cape-class Patrol Boat at Austal Shipyard

Cape-class Keel laying ceremony: Photo credit Austal

Demonstrating the rapid progress of the Cape-class Patrol Boat Program, Austal has hosted the keel-laying ceremony for the third vessel, 'Cape Nelson', one of eight 56-metre patrol boats that Austal is designing, building and supporting for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. The three coins were placed under the keel block by Michael Pezzullo, Chief Executive Officer, Australian Customs and Border Protection Services; David Brekenridge


Cracking the Boat Buying Nutshell

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New work boats are never purchased out of want, but rather need – imminent need. Such a need prompts buyers to scour the web and perhaps their favorite maritime magazines for information on potential designs that appear to be a good fit. The next step is simply to make contact with a boatbuilder and request a price based upon the similar vessel shown via the website or marketing materials.  Go ahead – ask for the price


Wells Marine Launches Battery Management System

space-saving flat panel model of Total Automatic Battery Management System

The Boat Builders Labor Saving Device – Custom Designs Available.     Battery management system manufacturer Wells Marine Technology has launched a space-saving flat panel model of its Total Automatic Battery Management System (T.A.B.S.) that can be configured easily for any single, twin or triple engine application and can also be custom-designed to builder model specifications. Wells T.A.B.S. connects battery chargers


Biggest Boat Wrap

Photo courtesy Image Monster

"I believe it is the largest boat wrap ever," said Image Monster owner Jed McDonough as he surveyed the QuadZeus, a 60-ft power sportsfish boat in Charleston, S.C. Image Monster, a Wilmington, N.C., large-format print and graphic design studio, wrapped the boat in a custom design by graphic designer Zach Shaeffer, who utilized original drawings by renowned Wilmington marine artist Steve Goione. The QuadZeus wrapped from bow to stern participated in the boat show turning heads


Bay Ship & Yacht Launches Blue Thunder

Photo courtesy of DavidAllenStudio.com

Bay Ship & Yacht has launched the high-performance yacht, Blue Thunder, marking the shipyard’s entry into the custom-built sport-yachting market.  With a service speed of 32 knots, a flank speed of 42 knots, and a draft of less than three ft, the Blue Thunder offers the speed and performance of a high-performance sport yacht.  The custom interior is crafted with veneered, ultra-light honeycomb-cored panels, with a satin varnish finish


Moose Boats Delivers Rescue/Response Boats

Moose Boats delivered two M2-37 rescue/response boats to the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey Police. The M2-37 vessels are 37.5 ft. aluminum catamarans powered by twin Cummins 380 hp turbo diesels propelled by Hamilton HJ292 water jets. These rescue/response boats can attain a top speed of over 35 knots and are custom outfitted with 33 18-person life rafts. Each boat can deliver enough raft capacity to handle a water-based aircraft rescue mission for the largest aircraft landing at


Leica Chosen As Supplier For Callan Marine

Callan Marine has selected Leica's MX 480 Professional Chart Navigator for the new Callan 55 high-performance luxury speedboat. Powered by twin 3,750-hp helicopter turbine engines with Arneson surface drives, the high-tech vessel features fly-by-wire controls built into the joystick handles and a custom touch-screen control panel. The first prototype of the project was revealed at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show held in November.


USCG Suspend Search for Crabber Near Anacortes, Wash.

  The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a crabber reported overdue near Anacortes, Wednesday. Dean Harvey, 48, of Bremerton, remains missing. Search crews spent 24 hours completing a total of 24 searches that covered a 909 square mile area with no signs of Harvey.


CBP P-3 Disrupts Attempt to Smuggle cocaine

Attempt to Smuggle $82 Million in Cocaine

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Air and Marine P-3 aircrew operating out of National Air Security Operations Center (NASOC)-Jacksonville, Florida, detected a suspicious vessel carrying more than 1,100 pounds of cocaine with an estimated street value of more than $82.3 million.


Everett College to Launch New Research Boat

Phocoena (Photo courtesy of Everett Community College)

Everett Community College’s Ocean Research College Academy (ORCA) will launch its new research vesel on November 22 with a celebration at 11 a.m. at the Port of Everett.   The dedication of the Phocoena (the scientific name for harbor porpoise


Transas Launches Web Map Service

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  Transas Marine has launched Transas Web Map Service (WMS)to provide transparent and easy access to navigation charts through common interface. Access to comprehensive mapping data is a powerful tool for developers of online web-based and mobile apps who can now use Transas’ top-notch


Regulators Invited to Witness Ship Breaking in India

Photo: IMO

Global Marketing Systems, Inc (GMS) has challenged the European Commission’s intention to ban ship recycling by beaching, by inviting the commission and a major representative group of top level shipping industry stakeholders to India to witness the recycling process first hand at one of the


USCG Suspends Search for the 2 Migrants

In total, 11 lives were saved by Coast Guard and partner agency rescue crews. Search and rescue crews completed 27 search patterns covering approximately 3,145 square miles over a 55 hour period.

  The Coast Guard suspended its search Wednesday at 3 p.m. for two missing Cuban migrants in the vicinity of Caesar Creek, Florida, to Haulover Inlet, Florida.   "Our Coast Guard men and women worked tirelessly looking for the two missing Cuban migrants; however


Sea-Fire Systems Aboard Niagara Falls Tour Boats

Photo: Sea-Fire Marine

When it came time to retire the iconic Maid of the Mist Niagara Falls tour boats, Hornblower Niagara Cruises sought replacements that would raise the standard of forward-thinking performance, without sacrificing safety. The two new 86' x 36' catamarans built by Hike Metal


US Inspecting Vessels of ‘High Risk’ for Ebola

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (USCBP) are actively vetting all vessels arriving which have previously visited a port in a country where the Ebola virus is present. If a vessel is determined to be “high risk”


WESMAR Delivers Thruster to another Fireboat

The super pumper fireboat is to enhance San Francisco’s marine fire fighting and response capabilities on water including high-volume water pumping, firefighting, rescue, emergency medical service and patrol in the waters of San Francisco and San Pablo Bays and the Pacific Ocean within five miles of shore and the adjoining inland waterways.

WESMAR (Western Marine Electronics) delivered one of its bow thruster systems to another fireboat this month. This systems will be installed on a ‘super pumper’ for the city of San Francisco. The new fireboat is being built by Vigor Fab, Seattle, a subsidiary of Vigor Industrial


Parker Hannifin Launches Rapid Service Unit

Same day turnaround possible on custom products or critical pieces via Parker’s custom manufacturing operation Motion and control technologies company Parker Hannifin announced the introduction of its new rapid service unit as a part of the existing custom manufacturing operation


Twin Disc Offers Virtual and Real EJS Experience

Twin Disc EJS simulator and Express Joystick (Image Twin Disc)

Visitors to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, October 30–November 3, 2014, can experience what it’s like to control a diesel-powered, conventional driveline boat using Twin Disc's Express Joystick System (EJS). Twin Disc's booth will feature a unique


SOSI Delivers Mooring Winches; Completes Test Pad

Photo: SOSI

Sound Ocean Systems, Inc. (SOSI) announced the delivery of two unique mooring winches, both tested on its newly constructed test pad at its primary manufacturing facility in Sultan, Wash. Mooring Winches Delivered SOSI recently delivered two all-electric, custom designed


Austal Launches 5th CCP Boat

Cape Class Patrol Boat - Cape Jervis in foreground, Cape Sorell & Cape Nelson in background

  Austal launched yesterday its fifth in-series Cape Class Patrol Boat (CCPB) at the Company’s Australian Defence Facility in Henderson, Western Australia. Cape Jervis is the fifth of eight 58-metre patrol boats that are being delivered to the Australian Customs and Border


SCI onto Gujarat Coastal & Exim Container Trades

Mr. A K Gupta Chairman and Managing Director of SCI

  The Shipping Corporation of India Ltd. (SCI), a Government of India Enterprise, hosted an interactive session on Coastal & Exim container trades of Gujarat on 9th October, 2014 at Courtyard Marriott, Ahmedabad. Shri Arun Kumar Gupta, Chairman and Managing Director of SCI, Capt. B.B


Z-Drive Towboats

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ZF Marine penetrates domestic inland waterway markets – enjoying good success with two U.S. majors. The prospects for an even brighter future hinge on the performance of its early entries. So far, so good.   It’s no secret that the domestic






 
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