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Freshwater focuses on consumer-driven innovation - Boating Industry

Sixty million anglers could mean a $500 million increase in fishing license revenue over the next five years, $35 billion more each year in economic contributions from anglers and $10 billion more each year in economic contributions from boaters.

Here’s an update on features, model trends, and the freshwater market, as reported by manufacturers from around the boating industry.

The Smoker Craft 172 Ultima and revamped Pro Angler XL series feature more rod storage and graph space as well as the Integrated Gunnel Track System with mood lighting, Ellis said.

Smoker Craft‘s American Angler series of welded and heavy welded models were a complete hit in the northwest, Ellis added.

The new heavy welded Phantom X2 and Pro Sportsman models were popular with those that fish rugged open water and rivers and the Osprey and Tracer models with new paint and graphics continue to see strong sales, Ellis said.

Starcraft’s new 14-foot and 16-foot Patriot series were popular with entry-level boaters and buyers looking to utilize a smaller boat, Ellis said.

The new 178 Renegade models with all-vinyl cockpit and casting platforms, multiple rod storage areas, a console that supports a large in-built graph, IGTS gunnel and optional Yarblow drying system were a big hit at early season boat shows.

“Our Starweld brand was completely revamped for 2018 and was warmly received all over the U.S. by dealers and the retail public,” Ellis added.

Plant, production expansion

Correct Craft’s brands Bass Cat and Yar-Craft announced a significant expansion plan that will increase their production capacity of boats by over 50 percent. The construction of the new facility began in May.

“Freshwater boat sizes are getting bigger, and are there’s a lot of interesting things happening with the outboard motor market right now. It’s definitely driving a larger product,” Pierce said. In the last three years, the company’s models have had wider bodies and deeper hulls. Pierce added the freshwater market is good and strong, but starting to solidifying. “Interest rates haven’t taken a major jump yet,” he said.

“We’re gotten really good response out of what we call our Easy 200 and Big Easy, which has pontoon-style couches in it. That’s more of a fish-and-ski style boat for the hunter-fisherman.” Henderson said.

The company’s 26-foot Easy Cat for the bass tournament market is also getting good response, Henderson said, adding the purchase of a new press three years ago helped foster that product’s development. “We’ve always listened to the customer, and that’s how we’ve grown in the catfishing business,” he said. “People want more options and more gadgets. We are trying to accommodate them. And we listen to our dealers. The Easy Cat is the one we are most excited about.”

Parent company Correct Craft has helped SeaArk increase production by 52 percent, Henderson said. “We’ve been very fortunate that our sales have outrun our production. Correct Craft not only helped us improve the way we build, but they put money into the plant.”

Keeping customers in mind

More and more consumers are looking for performance, speed, ease of maintenance, and utilizing the full length of the boat for fishing and entertaining, said Alan Lang, Scout Boats director of sales and marketing.

Recapping the company’s most recently completed boat shows in terms of new product launches, Lang said that the Scout 215 XFS received the most interest at the Charleston In Water Boat Show. A notable standard feature includes not only bow forward seating, but also a forward sun lounge/coffin box complete with a cushion.

Rob Parmentier, president and CEO of Marquis-Larson Boat Group, said his company’s Larson FX freshwater line is doing extremely well. “We have backlogs on most orders through February 2019,” Parmentier reported. “Shows were a mixed bag this year. We lost...

Source: boatingindustry.com

Orlando Watersports Complex Announces Aquapark Grand Opening Event - Boating Magazine (press release)

Bring out the entire family and join us in celebrating OWC’s newest attraction with a live DJ, free food, drinks, and giveaways. The Aquapark concept is inspired by LEGO blocks , featuring a modular series of interlocking climbing obstacles, pathways, slides, and trampolines, allowing for endless fun for all ages.

“The grand opening of the OWC Aquapark will be a momentous event for people of all ages and I’m incredibly proud of the team at Aktion Parks for making this dream a reality. I am personally very excited about spending time on this new attraction that will introduce more people to our world-famous cable park,” stated Bill Yeargin, CEO of Correct Craft (owner of Aktion Parks).

The OWC Aquapark will be open to the public starting Sunday, March 11th from 11:00AM – 5:00PM daily throughout the month of March. Book your Aquapark session in advance so you don’t miss out on all of the fun. Click here to schedule.

The event will be held at OWC, 8615 Florida Rock Road, Orlando, FL 32824 located off Landstreet Road. Click here for directions.

About Aktion Parks

Aktion Parks, a subsidiary of Correct Craft, delivers customers an active, watersports lifestyle that is safe, healthy, family friendly, and environmentally conscious. Aktion Parks owns and operates two of the most recognized parks in the world, Orlando Watersports Complex and Miami Watersports Complex, and will soon be opening a third park, Elite Cable Park. To learn more about Aktion Parks visit www.aktionparks.com. http://www.aktionparks.com/

About Correct Craft

Celebrating 93 years of excellence in the marine industry, Correct Craft is a Florida-based company with global operations. The Correct Craft family includes Nautique, Centurion, Supreme, Bass Cat, Yar-Craft, SeaArk, and Bryant boat companies, Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Group, and Aktion Parks. For more information please visit correctcraft.com .


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Source: www.boatingmag.com

Bass Cat and Yar-Craft unveil 2017 models at dealer meetings - Trade Only Today

Bass Cat and Yar-Craft recently revealed their 2017 model lineups to dealers during meetings in Mountain Home, Ark.

The event was followed by a demo day that allowed fishing enthusiasts to experience the new products firsthand.

Bass Cat is introducing a new package in the Cougar Advantage SP, nationally advertised at $57,995 with a Mercury 250 ProXS.

The 20-foot, 4-inch, tournament-ready fishing boat comes standard with two Humminbird Onix 8 Touch graphs; a transom-mounted side imaging transducer; trolling motor-mounted down imaging transducer; Humminbird Lakemaster maps; Motor Guide X5-105 pound/45-inch trolling motor; a Pro Mariner 3+1 charging system; and two black 8-inch Power Pole Blades.

Bass Cat and Yar-Craft models are also available with several new features, including:

  • New Advantage model console, available on Bass Cat Advantage boats
  • Battery tender plug comes standard on all Bass Cat Premium models
  • Wheel upgrades to custom-match Bass Cat trailers outfitted with 15-inch general tires, to come in black finish and brushed aluminum with BCB logos
  • 48-volt test gauges come standard on all 2017 Bass Cat and Yar-Craft Premium models
  • Tiger tank — a fully independent oxygen-infusing system that allows the direct addition of oxygen to live-well water — is available on Bass Cat and Yar-Craft boats.

“The features listed above are only part of a long list of highlights for 2017,” Bass Cat and Yar-Craft president Rick Pierce said in a statement.

“Our dealers are enthusiastic about the direction we are headed with the program enhancements and the model offerings. Doors are opening, and we are all preparing ourselves to enter new frontiers. It all starts with great dealers. We have had a great start to a season that looks like it may be the best one yet.”

Source: www.tradeonlytoday.com


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