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Venture Boat Co. Relaunches Itself on Market

Venture Boats 39 Cuddy: Photo credit Venture Boats

Under leadership of new owner, Lee Heaton, US-based Venture Boat Company features modernized new additions to its range. Venture Boat Company has undergone a complete modernization, adding a number of innovative improvements to their existing models, introducing new models and moving production to the world-famous American Custom Yachts (ACY) facility in Stuart, Florida. Through their new partnership with American Custom Yachts, Venture Boats is not only able to provide customers with the unique ability to customize their boats with a number of different options before leaving the assembly line, but also offer a complete selection of marine services under one roof, including a fully-equipped paint facility, state-of-the-art marine electronics, a comprehensive range of custom anodized tuna towers, marine canvas and upholstery services, and a machine shop to meet a broad range of customer needs. The boatbuilders say they are committed to using only the best materials, including biaxial fiberglass, Kevlar, Divinycell PVC foam core and vinylester resin, with all construction materials specifically chosen to improve performance and strengthen durability. Featuring new management, branding, an updated user-friendly website and enhanced customization options to meet each client's unique boating needs, Venture Boat Company has updated every aspect of its business to provide good customer service and attention to detail.


Burger Yachts Sales Relocates

Burger Yacht Sales continues to reside within the located on the corner of and Quay. The move, to , Suite A-129, , will take place the week of November 10, 2008. Burger Boat Company builds custom yachts, in aluminum and/or steel, up to 200' (60m).


Westport Shipyard sold, no changes anticipated

Westport Launch

  Representatives of Westport Shipyard, Inc. (Westport, WA), the largest yacht builder in North America, announced today that the company’s assets have been acquired by Westport, LLC, an ownership group that includes members of the Louisiana-based Chouest family.  Celebrating 50 years of business in 2014, Westport maintains three locations in Washington state, as well as a marina and sales office in Ft. Lauderdale, FL


Palmer Johnson Chairman Emeritus Mike Kelsey, Sr., Dies

The people of Palmer Johnson Yachts and family, friends and colleagues from around the world are mourning the loss of Chairman Emeritus Mike Kelsey, Sr., who died Sunday, July 21. Mike Kelsey, Sr., was large responsible for building the company into one of the world’s leading custom yacht brands, as a yacht builder and also a provider of yacht refit/repair services, brokerage, chandlery and related support services. According to Bill Parsons


Washington State Yacht Builders Announce Partnership

An innovative public-private partnership in Northwest Washington is training workers in the latest methods of building yachts. The program helps assure the region's custom boat manufacturers remain competitive both locally and internationally. "The training provided by this partnership is addressing a critical skills gap and helping our company become a model for others in the business," said Wes Fridell, human resources manager for Northern Marine. The Anacortes


Washington State Yacht Builders Gain New Skills Through Innovative Partnership

An innovative public-private partnership in Northwest Washington is training workers in the latest methods of building yachts. The program helps assure the region's custom boat manufacturers remain competitive both locally and internationally. "The training provided by this partnership is addressing a critical skills gap and helping our company become a model for others in the business," said Wes Fridell, human resources manager for Northern Marine


Motor Yacht Launched

Pluckebaum Custom Boats recently completed production of a custom 53 ft. Sedan Fly Bridge Motor Yacht. The yacht is powered by twin Caterpillar 3126 diesels and uses auxiliary power from a Westerbeke 15 kW genset. Electronics include Furuno 1942 radar, Icom radios, Standard sum logs and Mathers Micro commanders. A unique feature is the extremely large hydraulic powered swim platform designed for watersports, as well as the ability to carry a personal watercraft.


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


Strategic Alliance: Ocean Marine Yacht Center and Clear Yacht Interiors

Ocean Marine Yacht Center, Yachts and Paint, Portsmouth Virginia

Completely Integrated Shipyard, Interior Design and Build Services Under One Roof. Clear Yacht Interiors and Ocean Marine Yacht Center announce the formation of a strategic alliance to position Ocean Marine’s Portsmouth shipyard as one of the only U.S. facilities to offer complete yard and interior design/build services. Joyce Clear, owner of Clear Yacht Interiors, remarks, “This is an exciting time for us


New Generation Heavy Lift Ship Targets Yacht Market

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Fort Lauderdale based Yacht Path Marine Group recently arrived into Port Everglades with a cargo of precious Superyachts.  The heavy lift cargo vessel M/V HHL Tokyo initiated loading operations in Victoria, BC, and then proceeded to Mexico and Costa Rica loading over 13 yachts, of which 5 were over 100 ft in length; the largest yacht onboard was  156’ Feadship M/Y “Strangelove” weighing over 350 tons.  


Elandra Yachts Expands, Launches Finishing Department

Luke Durman and Tom Barry-Cotter (Photo: Elandra Yachts)

Elandra Yachts has added another layer of craftsmanship to its boat-building operation with the launch of a new in-house paint department at the Gold Coast plant, signalling further growth for the Australian luxury motor yacht brand. Renowned for the range of spectacular bronzed and golden hues


Amels 242 on Sea Trials

Photo: Damen Shipyards Group

 The 74-meter long luxury superyacht built at Vlissingen shipyard has started shipbuilder's sea trials. Amels is now recognised as one of the most successful superyacht builders in Holland.    "Even the chilly Dutch North Sea looks rather nice when graced by the gorgeous


Chinese Fast Ferry Delivered

HAI QIN (Photo: Afai Southern Shipyard)

Afai Southern Shipyard (Panyu Guangzhou) Ltd.  and CoCo Yachts B.V., announced  that the first of the two  fast ferries was delivered to Zhuhai High Speed Ferry Company in late February. The vessel named HAI QIN recorded a top speed of 38.11 knots at full load on sea trials.


74-Meter Amels 242 in Sea Trials

AMELS 242 Photo Damen

Even the chilly Dutch North Sea looks rather nice when graced by the gorgeous lines of the new 74-metre AMELS 242, out for sea trials near the AMELS yard in Vlissingen, the Netherlands. With her long streamlined looks created by renowned British designer Tim Heywood


US Nabs Sub Carrying $200M of Cocaine [Video]

Photo: U.S.Customs and Border Protection

A mini-submarine carrying $200 million worth of cocaine was intercepted by authorities in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.    The Customs and Border Protection air crew from Corpus Christi was involved in the arrest of four people aboard a mini-submarine headed for the U.S


MarineMax Expands into Yacht Management, Placement, Chartering

Bill McGill, MarineMax President and CEO Photo MarineMax

At a special press event held at the Palm Beach International Boat Show, MarineMax announced today that they are expanding into yacht management, crew placement and charter of luxury megayachts.  Bob Saxon Associates, has joined MarineMax as part of the new endeavor that will be headquartered


New Marina for Luxury Yachts at DP World's Rashid Port

Image: DP World

 DP World has announced plans to build a new marina for luxury yachts at Port Rashid in Dubai.   The project comes in response to an increased demand for luxury yachts. Tenders for construction will be invited soon.   The first phase of the project is scheduled to open by 2018


FUSION to Feature on Linssen Yachts

FUSION is the worldwide leader in marineaudio engineering

FUSION confirmed today that its industry-leading marine entertainment systems are featured on the premier vessels produced by Dutch yacht builder, Linssen Yachts. Marine equipment and technology distributor Technautic provides Linssen with the latest head units from FUSION Entertainment


Lucas is Director, Customer Service & Membership, Suntex Marinas

Martin Lucas Courtesy Suntex Marinas

Suntex Marinas, an owner and operator of marina properties, announced today the promotion of Martin Lucas to the role of Director of Customer Service and Memberships. In this new position, Lucas will spearhead the development and execution of customer interaction and retention initiatives.


ISS Announces US Customs Brokerage Services

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ISS Brokerage Services, part of maritime and logistics service provider Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS), is now providing U.S. Customs brokerage services across all North American ports. The new facility has been introduced after US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) granted a


Tetrahedron Super Yacht Can 'Levitate'

Image:  Jonathan Schwinge

 London-based architect Jonathan Schwinge designed the pyramid-shaped yacht called the Tetrahedron Super Yacht.    Billed as aviation on the sea, the radical concept from a London-based architect flips traditional yacht design on its head with a complete rethink.  


Yacht Club Takes Delivery of New Dredger

Photo: Ethan VanMatre, Rose City Yacht Cub

Rose City Yacht Club, a long-standing private marina and social club along the Columbia River in Portland, Ore., recently took delivery and startup of a new 8-inch Badger Class dredge from Reserve, La.-based DSC Dredge, LLC.   The Badger dredge was a much-needed replacement for an older


Peak Shipping Season Is Approaching For United Yacht Transport

Image: United Yacht Transport

 Spring is the busiest season for United Yacht Transport, the North American leader in boat transport. The international boat transporters are set to complete various shipments in the upcoming months.   In the beginning of the year


Large Yacht Code for Super Yachts - AMSA

Courtesy AMSA

From March 1, the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) will adopt the Large Yacht Code for super yachts and training vessels of 24 metres or more in length in a first for the Australian yachting community. Marine Order 52 will change the way large yachts in Australia are regulated in


IMTRA Acquires Custom Product Sales Talent

Prentice Weathers

Marine Manufacturer Adds Talented Technical Sales Professional To Expand Key Big Boat Market Segment Presence IMTRA, the leading manufacturer and importer of quality marine products, announced today the addition of Prentice Weathers to its sales team.






 
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