Boston Whaler News

27 Nov 2017

Brunswick: Ramping up Quality for the Long Haul

“This boat’s configuration is unique in the fact that it’s been set up to handle multi-mission capabilities, from fire suppression, to search and rescue as well as EMS work,” said. “We recently delivered the boat and I know it will serve the community of Port Jefferson well for many years to come.” – BCGP Sales Manager, Dana White

As Brunswick Commercial & Government Products expands its capabilities and product line, the Florida-based boatbuilder is positioned to safely provide increased efficiencies, and an expanded, multi-mission product line. When Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (BCGP) broke ground on a facility expansion at the company’s Florida headquarters in early May, it served notice that this well-known boatbuilder had ramped up both its delivery capabilities, and an expanded array of new hulls.

14 Nov 2017

BCGP Appoints Bon Fleur as General Manager

Erik Bon Fleur  (Photo: BCGP)

Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (BCGP) has announced Erik Bon Fleur as its new general manager. In this role, Bon Fleur will be responsible for day-to-day operations and business activities, reporting to Boston Whaler Group President, Nick Stickler. Prior to joining the BCGP team, Bon Fleur served in various other roles inside BCGP’s parent company, Brunswick Corporation, including continuous improvement manager for Boston Whaler, and most recently director of operations for Thunder Jet, an aluminum boat builder in Washington state.

01 Sep 2017

Brunswick Donates to Harvey Relief Efforts

(Photo: Brunswick Commercial & Government Products)

Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (BCGP) said it has donated three boats to the Hurricane Harvey disaster relief efforts in Texas. The 4.7-meter inflatable boats will be operated by first responders and local law enforcement in Texas to assist in search and rescue missions where flooding has forced thousands from their homes. "Our hearts and full support go out to the communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey," said Boston Whaler President, Nick Stickler.

24 Aug 2017

Hotz Joins National Maritime Law Enforcement Academy

Thirty-year marine industry veteran John R. Hotz has accepted the position as the Assistant Director at the National Maritime Law Enforcement Academy (NMLEA), which together with its International Maritime Law Enforcement Academy (IMLEA) provides education, consulting services, resources and training for law enforcement officers, public safety professionals, military members, ports and waterside critical infrastructure personnel. Following a vision and leadership of Admiral Siler, a former U.S. Coast Guard Commandant, the not for profit NMLEA was established in 2000 to fill a capabilities gap that continues to effect law enforcement and emergency response operations on the water all across America. NMLEA has offices in Washington, D.C. and Tallahassee, Fla.

07 Aug 2017

Marine Jet Power Names Gibson Americas Sales Director

Philip Gibson (Photo: Marine Jet Power)

Marine Jet Power, Inc. (MJP) has hired Philip Gibson as Director of Sales, responsible for sales and business development efforts in North, South and Central America. Gibson brings to the role more than 30 years’ military maritime experience, having most recently served as a Regional Sales Manager for Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (Boston Whaler). He retired from the U.S. Navy in 2005 with the rank of Master Chief Petty Officer, where he served as a U.S. Navy SEAL and advisor to the international military and police forces for riverine and counter-drug operations.

03 May 2017

Brunswick Expanding Its Boat Building Facility

L-R: Jeff Hubert, Ken Sahibs, John Ratto, Boston Whaler President Nick Stickler, Mike Hertweck, David Adams. (Photo: BCGP)

Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (BCGP) has officially broken ground on a facility expansion at the company's Edgewater, Fla. headquarters. The addition includes a new large-boat building with added manufacturing space and other facility improvements. The new 10,500-square-foot facility will be located on the east side of the commercial boats manufacturing campus and will increase the company's manufacturing capacity by 50 percent. "Today, by breaking ground on the BCGP facility expansion, we are greatly increasing our capabilities," said Boston Whaler Group President Nick Stickler.

17 Feb 2017

Boston Whaler debuts '380 Outrage'

380 Outrage Photo Boston Whale

Boston Whaler has introduced the all-new 380 Outrage, a powerful vessel that confidently navigates the spectrum of on-water activities. For epic offshore runs or memorable social gatherings, the 380 Outrage is incredibly comfortable and easy to operate. Count an array of user-friendly amenities, sophisticated storage solutions and Whaler's precision-engineered V-hull design to provide unsurpassed performance and endless enjoyment. There are numerous features that make the 380 Outrage a standout.

26 Jan 2017

Executive Leadership Changes at Brunswick

Boston Whaler President Nick Stickler has assumed temporary day-to-day leadership at Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (BCGP) following the departure of BCGP General Manager Jennifer Butera and Director of Sales Jeremy Davis.   The company said it is currently evaluating potential candidates for both positions, and plans announce the successors in the coming weeks.

14 Oct 2016

Brunswick Wins $72 Mln Order from US Southern Command

Photo: BCGP

Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (BCGP) said it has been awarded a multi-year, multi-unit contract valued at $72 million. The single-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract is for both 32-foot and 37-foot Boston Whaler Justice boats and will include spare parts, maintenance and training support for The United States Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) area of responsibility, which includes Central America, South America and Caribbean nations. BCGP was awarded the initial contract for Boston Whaler Justice boats to support the SOUTHCOM in 2011.

19 Aug 2016

MN100: Brunswick Commercial and Government Products

Photo:  Brunswick Commercial and Government Products

Brunswick has been in the business of building boats for commercial and military applications for more than fifty years. From its beginnings as an arm of the legendary Boston Whaler brand to now – part of Brunswick Corporation, the largest marine manufacturer in the world – they’ve focused exclusively on building the toughest boats for the toughest jobs. At Brunswick CGP, you’ll work with people who have been in your shoes - experienced professionals who know what needs to go into a boat so you get the most out of it.

25 Jul 2016

C. Raymond Hunt Associates Celebrates 50 Years

(Photo: C. Raymond Hunt Associates)

C. Raymond Hunt Associates, a boat design firm that continues to expand on the legacy of its founder, C. Raymond Hunt, to produce innovative boats with rugged seaworthiness, is now celebrating its 50th year. “Ray Hunt was a genius, able to intuitively know how boats work and with the courage to experiment,” said C. Raymond Hunt Associates President, Winn Willard. “We have taken Ray's ideas and applied them, honing our expertise and knowledge from the days of the early deep-v hulls. Now we have an 11-meter RIB on virtually every large ship in the U.S.

11 Sep 2015

NASBLA Expands Patrol Edition Vessel Offering

Press Release -- The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) Enforcement & Training Committee voted to expand its Patrol Edition Boat Program to include additional models by Brunswick Commercial and Government Products (BCGP). Designed by law enforcement for law enforcement, the NASBLA Patrol Edition vessels are selected by the committee to meet the demands of maritime first responders and boating safety officers. Originally launched at last year's annual NASBLA conference in Bar Harbor, Maine, the first vessel in the program was a 21-foot Boston Whaler Guardian model, which was delivered to the Maine Department of Marine Resources, Bureau of Marine Patrol.

25 Aug 2015

MN 100: Brunswick Commercial and Government Products

Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (BCGP) group has been in the business of building boats for commercial and military applications for more than fifty years. For patrol boat, rescue boat, military boat, research boat, and workboat applications, BCGP builds a complete fleet of unsinkable commercial-grade Boston Whaler fiberglass models, a comprehensive offering of Impact rigid hull inflatable boats (RHIBs), and durable aluminum Sentry boats designed to help you get the job done and get back home.

12 Jun 2015

Sunken 48-foot Sports Fisher Vessel Salvaged

USCG photo

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) monitored the salvage of the sunken  Bigbi Thursday, two miles north of Little Creek, Va. The Bigbi sank at approximately 5:40 a.m., Saturday. The four-man crew of the Bigbi activated their emergency personal indicating radio beacon, donned lifejackets and survival suits, abandoned their boat and boarded a 12-foot Boston whaler, where they were assisted by a good Samaritan. A Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Little Creek met with the good Samaritan and transported the four boaters to shore.

14 Jan 2015

Boston Whaler Holds Ribbon Cutting Event

Boston Whaler celebrated major expansion with an  exclusive ribbon-cutting event

In 2014, Boston Whaler broke ground on a new era in its history, introducing its largest model ever with the new 420 Outrage. On Jan. 13, 2015, Whaler celebrated the expansion to its facility that makes production of the 420 Outrage possible: the addition of nearly 60,000 square feet of under-roof manufacturing space. At an event held on site in Edgewater, Boston Whaler President Huw Bower led a ribbon-cutting ceremony beforea crowd of local and state politicians, executives from parent company Brunswick Corporation including President and Chief Operating Officer Mark Schwabero…

14 Oct 2014

Security for the Long Run

Swiftships sandblasting of the 148 ft vessels for South Oil Company of Iraq.

U.S. companies continue to land lucrative contracts with domestic and foreign customers for vessels that are designed or specially customized to meet defense, police and anti-piracy needs. Governments here and abroad, meanwhile, continue to cut budgets. Many of the security craft to be delivered this year are built to save energy, reduce emissions and reach higher speeds and greater cruising ranges than their predecessors. They have the latest tracking and communications systems. And a few new vessels are remotely operated.

21 Aug 2014

MN 100: Brunswick Commercial and Government Products

420 Megan Z. Brunswick Commercial and Government Products (BCGP) has been building the toughest boats for the toughest jobs since the 1960’s. Known then as Boston Whaler Commercial and Government Products, the company has continued to grow and expand. Its boats, like its customers, have earned their stripes in countless rescue, combat missions, and life-threatening circumstances. A subsidiary of the Brunswick Corporation, BCGP offers three platforms, from the unsinkable commercial…

19 Aug 2014

USCG Issues Boating Under Influence Citation in Massachusetts Bay

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Coast Guard law enforcement crews issued a boating under the influence citation to the operator of a vessel late Sunday night in Massachusetts Bay. Watchstanders at Station Point Allerton received notification of a 12-foot Boston Whaler that was adrift and disabled off of Nantasket Beach, Massachusetts. A crew from Station Point Allerton and the Hull Harbormaster launched to assess the situation. Once on scene the Station's Crew noticed that the operator appeared to be intoxicated.

03 Jul 2014

FUSION-LinkTM Technology Gains Industry-Wide Acceptance

FUSION-LinkTM technology

Marine Entertainment Leader Reaches Unparalleled Adoption by Boatbuilders and Manufacturers Auckland, New Zealand – FUSION®, a worldwide leader in marine audio, announced today its innovative and award-winning FUSION-LinkTM technology has been adopted by all marine Multi-Function Display manufacturers and has seen strong acceptance in the boat builder community. Offering marine electronics manufacturers an unparalleled level of entertainment integration, FUSION-LinkTM is now available on a multifunction navigation devices from B&G…

23 Sep 2013

Boston Whaler Receives Tenth Consecutive NMMA Award

Boston Whaler 350 Outrage

For a tenth consecutive year, Boston Whaler was recognized for excellence in customer satisfaction by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) as a recipient of the 2013 Customer Satisfaction (CSI) Award. As announced by the NMMA at the 2013 International BoatBuilders Exhibition and Conference (IBEX), Boston Whaler earned its award in the Fiberglass Outboard Boats category. The CSI Awards measure customer satisfaction, only recognizing boat and engine manufacturers that receive the highest marks.

07 Aug 2013

Hatteras Yachts/Cabo Taken Over

An affiliate of Versa Capital Management  has acquired the operating businesses of Hatteras/CABO from Brunswick Corporation. Hatteras Yachts is recognized as a world leader in the construction of convertible sportfishing and luxury motor yachts. CABO Yachts has enjoyed a well-deserved reputation as one the world’s top builders of sportfishing express boats from 36 to 52 feet. The acquisition is effective immediately. Purchase terms were not disclosed. “Both Hatteras and CABO are cornerstone American brands in their respective luxury marine markets, and both have been affected during the extended economic downturn,” stated Gregory L. Segall, CEO of Versa Capital.

06 May 2013

Cape Fear Federal Pilots Launch New Boat

New Cape Fear Pilot Boat: Image courtesy of Pilot Service

Cape Fear federal pilot launches its first pilot boat and welcomes its latest customer, US Shipping Corp. After years of using a hired launch vessel for boarding ATB's, tugs and ships at the entrance to the Cape Fear River, the Cape Fear Federal Pilots recently launched its first pilot vessel. River pilot Tony McNeill, who operates the pilotage service for the Port of Wilmington NC for U.S. The boat is Boston Whaler Challenger that Tony has had for a couple of years but has waited for the appropriate time to put it to work. Pilot McNeill informs that In addition to the new boat, U.S.

03 Apr 2013

U.S. Shipyards Competing – and Succeeding – Overseas

Foreign Demand For U.S. Military And Commercial Vessels Is Brisk; For Now. In the heavy shadow of possible sequestration-induced federal budget cuts, some U.S. companies are busy supplying vessels to overseas customers under the Navy’s Foreign Military Sales program and through private contracts to foreign government and firms. Demand for offshore oil vessels is strong. A big chunk of overseas business now is under the U.S. FMS, transferring defense equipment, services and training to other nations. Countries approved for the FMS pay for vessels themselves and/or with U.S. government help.

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