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Sunday, January 21, 2018

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Plantation Boat Mart Acquires Hydra-Sports Boat Co.

Hydra-Sports Boat 2300: Photo courtesy of Plantation Boat & Marina

Florida boat dealers Plantation Boat Mart & Marina acquire Hydra-Sports Boat Company from M C B C Hydra Sports LLC (Master Craft Boat Company). The new company is know as Hydra-Sports Custom Boats, LLC. Poised to represent an entirely new concept within the boating industry, customers will be able to order their new vessels directly from the company's Islamorada and Palm Beach factory test centers and take delivery. Every model will be available on-site at the company's Florida Keys location and ready for sea trial.

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.

Xtreme Companies Partners With McLeod Design Group

Xtreme Companies, Inc. announced a partnership with McLeod Design Group a custom boat seat manufacturer, whereby McLeod will provide custom seating for the entire Challenger line.

Xtreme Companies Acquires Challenger Offshore

Xtreme Companies, Inc. outstanding shares of semi-custom boat manufacturer Marine Holdings, Inc. which includes Challenger's 65,000 square ft. located on 12 acres in Washington, MO. conventional loans provided by a Missouri-based regional bank. Xtreme Companies, Inc. and defense deployments. performance, fishing and motor yachts.

Fiesta Marine Responds to Gulf Oil Clean-Up

Fiesta Marine Products, Inc. of Hudson, Fla. has announced that since May 15 it has expanded production capacity of it commercial grade custom configured Saltwater aluminum pontoon boats to meet the increased demand relating to the oil spill in the gulf of Mexico. “As a Florida based regional builder, the containment & clean up of this oil disaster is paramount. The clean up in coastal areas will require shallow water platforms, which our open deck pontoon boats are ideal for the work ahead. We are giving all orders for containment & clean up related boats priority & have all employees on required overtime to assist our customer’s efforts to support the cleanup of this disaster,” said Carl Morahan President. Standard production models range from 12 ft up to 30 ft.

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. Outside the vessel is a unique double rail and stanchion liferail system made from solid brass to the owner's specification. The bridge includes a complete hard enclosure with remote wing controls in a fully air conditioned and heated environment.

Lake Assault River Barges Arrive in San Antonio

Each of the Lake Assault river barges on the San Antonio River Walk can be configured and modified in a range of floor plans to support touring, dining, commuting, entertaining, and other applications.  (Lake Assault Boats)

Lake Assault Boats a  manufacturer of purpose-built and mission-specific work boats, fireboats, and rescue vessels – recently delivered 24 of the 43 custom river barges purchased by the City of San Antonio, Texas. The custom boats are a vital and integral component of the vibrant San Antonio River Walk that lies one story below the city’s streets, hugging the San Antonio River and connecting retail stores, restaurants, office buildings, and major tourist attractions. The boats will serve as touring and dining vessels and also as water taxis.

Marine News Boat of the Month: January 2017

Image: Gulfstream Shipbuilding

Gulfstream Shipbuilding’s Custom Aluminum Ferry: U.S. Department of Homeland Security awards Ferry Contract for vessel built specifically for Eastern Coastal Waters. In December, Gulfstream Shipbuilding was awarded a contract through the United States Department of Homeland Security for a passenger/vehicle ferry to service New York and Connecticut waters. This crew boat-style vessel will be capable of transporting passengers, freight and vehicles in and around the waters of the Eastern Long Island Sound and Gardiner’s Bay. The vessel has an expected delivery date of April 2017.

James Murray Joins Gulfstream Shipbuilding Management Team

James Murray (Photo: Gulfsteam Shipbuilding)

Gulfstream Shipbuilding welcomes James Murray, a second generation boat builder and operator/owner, to the Sales Management Team. James is the son of Jim Murray, who originally opened the shipyard 35 years ago as Freeport Shipbuilding. James built a variety of custom boats at the shipyard before venturing off to start his own successful passenger excursion company. Now, James returns to partner with the current owner Stuart Reeves on a new generation of custom shipbuilding. “James exhibits the same passions and values that his father instilled on this company 35 years ago…

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. The Anacortes company builds custom yachts priced in the millions for those with a desire for luxury. The partnership was formed after company officials at Northern Marine approached local…

Washington State Yacht Builders Announce Partnership

Washington is training workers in the latest methods of building yachts. competitive both locally and internationally. Fridell, human resources manager for Northern Marine. for luxury. workers coming into the business. manufacturers expect to hire as many as 300 workers in the coming year. skills needed to work in the field. training to meet the needs of Northern Marine and other boat manufacturers. curriculum to teach other instructors how to replicate the training elsewhere. wages to workers while they were in training. Dolores Blueford, of the Northwest Workforce Development Council. include modules in safety, electrical, carpentry and resin infusion lamination. Classes are taught at Northern Marine. have participated. complete. which will be offered in the early part of next year.

Derecktor Shipyards Conn., LLC Announces Chapter 11 Filing

On July 18, 2008, Derecktor Shipyards Conn., LLC announced that the company filed a voluntary petition for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. The company said that it intends to maintain all normal business operations throughout the bankruptcy process. Its decision to file bankruptcy was a result of several factors, most notably issues relating to a contractual dispute. “The company has been engaged in lengthy negotiations to resolve issues relating to one of its contracts,” said Paul Derecktor, president of the company. Mr. Derecktor continued, “The action we have taken is a necessary step to preserve the company’s value for its creditors, customers, employees and other stakeholders as we work towards the future success of the company.

Radio Holland Wins Contracts for Canadian Coast Guard Vessels

The CCGS Pierre Radisson, a 320' ice breaker from the Canadian Coast Guard (Source: John E Heintz Jr / Shutterstock.com)

Radio Holland Canada has won two major contracts to support the Canadian Coast Guard. Public Works and Government Services Canada, which is responsible for government procurement, has awarded Radio Holland Canada a multimillion dollar contract to supply Furuno ECDIS and radars for the Canadian Coast Guard fleet over the next five years. In a separate agreement Hike Metal Products of Wheatley, Ontario has contracted Radio Holland to supply the Navigation & Communication equipment for six new Canadian Coast Guard Search and Rescue Lifeboats.

$22 Mln Cocaine Bust in Port of Philadelphia

Philadelphia CBP seized 709 pounds of cocaine concealed in furniture shipped from Puerto Rico. (Photo: CBP)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said its officers in the Port of Philadelphia seized 709 pounds of cocaine concealed inside furniture on a containership arriving from Puerto Rico, the largest local cocaine load discovered by the CBP in a decade. Officers made the discovery after detecting an anomaly in one of the shipping containers while conducting inspections a seaport in Pennsauken, N.J., on November 2. The contents of the container were emptied at CBP’s Centralized Examination Station in Philadelphia…

Coast Guard Seizes 12,000 Pounds of Cocaine

Photo: USCG

The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast returned home to Astoria, Oregon in late December after making several drug busts while on patrol in international waters off the coasts of Mexico and Central America. Over the course of a 50-day counterdrug patrol in the Eastern Pacific, Steadfast crewmembers interdicted five separate vessels engaged in suspected illegal drug smuggling. During the patrol crewmembers detected and boarded a low profile vessel, a custom fabricated boat specifically built to evade law enforcement.

Sneed Shipbuilding: An (Extended) Family Affair

When Martin M. Sneed embarked in the business of building for the demanding workboat market in the mid-60s, he likely did not imagine that four decades later, his son Clyde (pictured) and business partner and co-owner Mitch Jones would be at the helm of a highly successful boat building company, crafting finely appointed custom boats for some of the industry’s most discriminating owners. Sneed Shipbuilding was founded by Martin M. Sneed in 1965, and many of the principles upon which it was founded: quality, integrity and efficiency, are as valid today as ever.

Offshore Update: Waiting on Feds to Issue Permits

Offshore supply vessel Michael G. McCall, Gulf Craft’s most recent delivery, could not get work in the Gulf of Mexico. Seacor chartered it for operations off the west coast of Africa. The 190-ft by 34-ft vessel was delivered in July 2010. (Photo courtesy Gulf Craft, LLC)

Marine companies along the Gulf of Mexico have seen little new business since the offshore drilling moratorium was lifted in early October as oil producers apply for permits and decide how to navigate costly safety regulations. At Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., one of the top U.S. boat builders, Chief Executive Officer Boysie Bollinger, said “we're waiting for BOEM to start issuing offshore drilling permits, and no one has any idea when that will be.” He wonders if the government knows when more permits will be released.

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…

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, Chief Engineer Australian Customs and Border Protection Services; and Graham Backhouse, President and General Manager Austal.

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. In addition, the Derecktor yard in Connecticut has a building slot open starting September 2008, as well as a build slot available for delivery at the end of 2011/beginning of 2012. "The company has been engaged in lengthy negotiations to resolve issues relating to one of its contracts," said Paul Derecktor, president.

New Lobster Boat Under Construction in North Carolina

(Image: Custom Steel Boats)

Custom Steel Boats, Inc. of Merritt, N.C., in collaboration with Ted & Todd’s Marine of Beaufort, N.C., announced a new construction project. Custom Steel Boats is building a 70-foot steel hull lobster boat, Two Dukes, for Captain Eric, Inc of Seaville, N.J. The vessel will be used in the waters off of New Jersey as well as North Carolina to catch lobster. The vessel was designed by DeJong and Lebet in Jacksonville, Fla. to meet the needs of the customer. After design approval by the owner the vessel was computer lofted by Boksa Marine Design located in Lithia, Fla.

Davits from Norway for Australia's New Patrol Boats

Cape Class Patrol Boat: Photo credit Austal

Norway-based boat handling system and specialised davit supplier Vestdavit has been contracted by shipbuilder Austal to supply PLAR-6500 davits to eight new Cape Class Patrol Boats (CCPBs) to be built for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. Austal will build the 58.1 m Cape Class Patrol Boats at its shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia. Construction of the first vessel is expected to begin soon, with all eight due to be delivered between March 2013 and August 2015.

Australian Customs Opt for Vestdavit

Vestdavit has been contracted by shipbuilder Austal to supply its state-of-theart PLAR-6500 davits to eight new Cape Class Patrol Boats (CCPBs) to be built for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service. Austal will build the 58.1 m Cape Class Patrol Boats at its shipyard in Henderson, Western Australia for delivery between March 2013 and August 2015. The patrol boats will play a significant role in protecting Australia’s borders from multiple maritime threats. They have been designed to have greater range…

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