Brunswick Sets New Records at FLIBS
Brunswick Corporation has announced that its Sea Ray, Boston Whaler and Mercury Marine brands have set multiple records during the 2019 Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show. Sea Ray, which launched an all-new 320 Sundancer Coupe at Ft. Lauderdale, saw a massive 80 percent increase in show sales from a year ago, demonstrating the success of its reinvention strategy. Boston Whaler continues to benefit from significant year-over-year sales growth in September and October, leading to a very successful Ft.
MasterCraft Boat Appoints Frederick Brightbill as CEO
MasterCraft Boat Holdings announced that its Board of Directors has appointed current Board Chair, Frederick A. Brightbill, as Interim Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.Brightbill’s appointment follows Terry McNew’s decision to step down as President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director of the Company to pursue an opportunity outside of the boating industry. Brightbill is expected to serve until the Company completes a search and appoints a new Chief Executive Officer.“On behalf of the Board and the entire organization…
Mercury Marine Wins iF Design Award
Mercury Marine won an International Forum Design (iF) award in the Discipline Product category, presented to the company for its V-6 outboard lineup. iF International Forum Design organizes the iF Design Awards each year and has thousands of entries from close to 60 countries compete for the prize. Mercury’s 3.4L, V-6 FourStroke outboard lineup was officially launched at the 2018 Miami International Boat Show and has been praised for performance and design. According to its website…
A Mercury Marine-Powered Test Run Around Manhattan
A great way to spend my first day back from vacation was hurtling down the Hudson River in New York City at 65 mph on a 40-ft. Invincible catamaran, powered by four 350-HP Mercury outboard engines.Mercury Marine was in town to offer test drives on a variety of new boats, and as the video below suggest modern outboard engines are powerful and quiet. The 40-ft. Invincible offered an amazing, smooth ride on the Hudson amid some significant wind and river track driven chop.If you're wondering about the engine covers on the boat, they were custom made as the 40-ft.
Mercury Marine Mourns Loss of Charlie Strang
Mercury Marine is saddened by the death of Charles “Charlie” Strang who served as Carl Kiekhaefer’s top engineer for 13 years at Mercury Marine. After leaving Mercury, he served as Director of Outboard Marine Engineering (OMC) and later CEO and Chairman of the Board. Strang, 96, was also known as the creator of the sterndrive engine, sketching the first sterndrive in 1948 while attending MIT. Strang’s mother, Ann, is responsible for the famous Mercury Phantom Black engine color. Strang was a very popular figure in both the marine and NASCAR industries.
Interview: John C. Pfeifer, President - Mercury Marine
Mercury Marine was in New York City earlier this year offering test drives for select engines and control systems. While in town, John C. Pfeifer, President - Mercury Marine, sat down with Maritime Reporter & Engineering News to discuss marine technology development that is driving his company further, faster into emerging commercial growth opportunities globally. Barreling down the Hudson River at nearly 80 mph in a 39-ft. Cigarette boat powered by four 350-hp Mercury Marine Verado outboard engines tends to leave an impression. More impressive?
Brunswick, Mercury Marine to Aid Mercy Ships
When the Africa Mercy, the world’s largest private hospital ship, provides its next field service in Cameroon, Africa, it will do so with a new dive boat and several new Mercury Marine outboard engines for the ship’s dive and rescue operations thanks to a recent donation from Brunswick Corporation and its engine subsidiary, Mercury Marine. Mercy Ships is a global charity that offers free life-changing surgeries, holistic health care and specialized training for local health care professionals in some of the world’s poorest areas.
Brunswick Acquires Lankhorst Taselaar
Brunswick Corporation said it has completed its acquisition of Lankhorst Taselaar, a marine parts and accessories distribution company based in the Netherlands and Germany. Lankhorst Taselaar will be integrated into Mercury Marine to augment the engine maker’s P&A business in Europe. “Lankhorst Taselaar bolsters and solidifies the distribution arm of our marine P&A business in Europe,” said Brunswick Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mark Schwabero. “As we have done in recent years with BLA in Australia and Payne’s Marine in Canada, Lankhorst Taselaar expands our reach and customer responsiveness in the global marine marketplace and offers us a larger footprint upon which to build in Europe.
An Undeterred Determination to Be On the Water
Mercury Marine develops and manufactures technology designed to enhance the boating experience. The marine engines manufacturer recently teamed up with Belzona boats to “Go Boldly” on the water with former University of Wyoming basketball star and lifelong boating enthusiast Nichole Rider. “My dad bought a power boat when I was five years old; it just changed my life,” Rider said. But while in college, Rider was involved in a near-fatal car accident. Doctors told her family that she had little chance to survive the first night, and if she did, she would be paralyzed.
Innovative Boats: Marine News' Best of 2016
Marine News looks back at the past 12 months and showcases the best of North America’s workboat design shop and shipyard output. In a year where some stakeholders might not rank 2016 as the best of years in the shipyard or on the waterfront, we might disagree. And, there is plenty to write about. New contracts, deliveries and designs all combine to show that the collective workboat waterfront is moving forward, with technology, the environment and replacement tonnage requirements as the main drivers.
Brunswick Launches Aluminum RHIB Line
At the first day of the International WorkBoat Show in New Orleans, La., Brunswick Commercial & Government Products (BCGP) introduced an 8.5-meter aluminum RHIB. A first of its kind for the Company, the 850 Aluminum Impact RHIB is the introductory model from a line-up that features five variants ranging in size from 7.5-meters to 12-meters. Designed for the commercial and government marketplace, BCGP will market the new line-up to domestic law enforcement agencies as well as militaries worldwide.
SeaPro FourStroke Making Gains in the Commercial Market
Mercury Marine’s family of SeaPro FourStroke outboard engines is suited for high-hour applications and harsh environments, according to the manufacturer, who said the engines are gaining popularity within the commercial marketplace. The line’s latest commercial marine endorsement comes from TowBoatUS, operator of more than 600 boats in the U.S., who is investing in Mercury SeaPro outboards on some of its fleet, including one vessel in Ft. Myers, Fla. “Having Mercury’s on the back, you never have to worry about breaking down,” said Captain Dan Medina of TowBoatUS.
Mercury Marine Expands Manufacturing Capacity
Mercury Marine is adding a 53,000 square foot manufacturing capacity expansion to its global headquarters in Fond du Lac, Wisc. The expansion will consist of 45,000 square feet of manufacturing capacity and an additional 8,000 square feet of office space. In addition, Mercury is investing in state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment to better streamline the manufacturing process and meet the growing demands in the marketplace. The new space will be completed in January, 2017. “This is an exciting time for Mercury Marine,” said John Pfeifer, Mercury Marine president.
Hard Problems Demand Soft(ware) Solutions
Make no mistake, the commercial maritime industry will always revolve around heavy duty machinery and mega-machines designed to weather some of the toughest operating conditions on earth. But in recent years a proliferation of Software Solutions has evolved to help the machines operate more efficiently and cost effectively. MR editors report on latest developments in maritime specific Software Solutions. Kværner Verdal AS selected AVEVA Bocad Steel and AVEVA Bocad Offshore for use at its design and fabrication yard in Verdal…
Mercury Diesel Engines for 16 New USCG Boats
Mercury Marine has entered an agreement with Metal Shark Aluminum Boats to power 16 U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) boats with Mercury diesel engines. “Mercury Marine’s 2.0 diesel engines are ideal for smaller vessels such as the Coast Guard Cutter Boat ATON Medium,” said Greg Lambrecht, Metal Shark vice president. “The U.S. diesel market is evolving and adapting and our marine customers are taking notice of the diesel advantage when it comes to performance and fuel economy,” said Reinhard Burk, Mercury Marine Senior director of diesel & propulsion strategies.
Mercury Marine Begins HQ Expansion
Mercury Marine will add a 45,000 square foot expansion to its electro-deposition paint (EDP) system that will double its current processing capabilities. The current project will be complete by January 2016 and the new system will be operational by Q4, 2016. “We are developing a new state of the art coating system that gives our engines superior corrosion and warranty protection,” said John Pfeifer, Mercury Marine president. “This process enforces our ability to make a better product for our customers who expect extreme reliability in their Mercury engines.
Mercury Marine Receives Brunswick Safety Award
Mercury Marine's Juarez, Mexico, plant recently received the Brunswick Corporation Chairman's Safety Award for excellence in safety and employee engagement. The presentation held on Friday June 4 in Juarez, featured Brunswick Corporation CEO Dustin McCoy, Brunswick Corporation COO Mark Schwabero, Mercury Marine V.P. of Global Operations Chris Drees and other executives at the company. In conjunction with this award, Brunswick will donate $10,000 on behalf of Juarez employees to a charitable organization of their choice. The workers chose to make the donation to Centro Humano de Liderazgo, A.C.
Mercury Marine Launches Repower Financing
Mercury Marine launched a new repower finance program that aims to make it easier for consumers to get the engine performance they want with flexible financing for a broad range of buyers. The Mercury Repower Finance program is funded by Medallion Bank, a marine industry leader that specializes in accepting buyers with a wide range of credit histories. Program administration is handled by Brunswick Financial Services, a fully owned subsidiary of Brunswick Corporation, the worldwide marine manufacturing leader.
Brunswick Promotes Foulkes to Chief Technology Officer
Brunswick Corporation today announced that effective immediately, David M. Foulkes, has been promoted to the new position of chief technology officer, reporting in this additional capacity to Brunswick President and Chief Operating Officer Mark D. Schwabero. Foulkes also will retain his current responsibilities as vice president - product development, engineering and racing for Mercury Marine, Brunswick's largest operating segment. In that capacity, Foulkes will continue to report to John C. Pfeifer, President - Mercury Marine. "In this new role, David will work with all of Brunswick's businesses to ensure that they have a clear view of developing opportunities as well as a roadmap for technology evaluation and deployment to remain at the technological leading edge…
Mercury Marine produces 75,000th Verado L6 Outboard
Milestone comes less than 10 years after launch of platform. Mercury Marine, the world leader in commercial and recreational marine propulsion and technology, has produced its 75,000th Verado L6 outboard engine. The Verado six-cylinder was first launched in 2005 and covered 200 to 275hp; the Verado family now includes up to 300hp outboard engines. Mercury Marine has manufactured more than 15 million engines since the company was founded in 1939. “The Verado is a one-of-a-kind engine – a revolutionary outboard that continues to deliver an experience unmatched by any competition…
Security for the Long Run
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.
Mercury Marine, FPT Partner for Diesel Engine Launch
Mercury Marine informs it has signed a supply agreement with FPT Industrial to make the FPT 6.7L mechanically fuel injected NEF engines available for sale in global markets. The 6.7L diesel engine, branded Mercury Diesel, offers power for single application (22’ to 30’) sterndrive and inboard boats such as passenger ferries, taxi boats and other government applications, as well as dual applications such as passenger ferries, taxi boats, boats with water jet propulsion and displacement trawlers (30’-50’). The 6.7L midrange engine will become available in the marketplace in the first quarter of 2016, following its official launch at the 2016 China International Boat show in Shanghai.
Mercury Marine Donates Engines for Hydro-Ambulance
Ambulatory services in Congo, Africa are now improved thanks to a donation by Mercury Marine. The global marine propulsion company recently donated two 60hp outboard engines that have been installed on a boat that will act as a hydro-ambulance, equipped to reach the most remote villages along the Congo River. The boat, which will be docked at the port of Cremona and commissioned by the non-profit organization For African Children, will be equipped with the proper equipment to allow birth and pediatric surgery on board the vessel. It will also act as a primary rescue vessel in the event of an emergency. “If a child is sick in one of the remote villages in Africa…