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saumon posted 01-13-2015 03:13 PM ET (US)   Profile for saumon   Send Email to saumon  
Boating Magazine reporters shared on their Facebook page an event held today at the Boston Whaler Edgewater plant where the president announces a 60,000 sq ft expansion:

https://www.facebook.com/boatingmag

They also toured the facility, where new boats are being built, and share some pics that are interresting.

345 Conquest deck prior to the cap installation, with an awful amount of hoses and wires:

http://www.myfishingpictures.com/data/500/345_Conquest_deck_1.jpg

http://www.myfishingpictures.com/data/500/345_Conquest_deck_2.jpg

345 Conquest top cap, both sides:

http://www.myfishingpictures.com/data/500/345_Conquest_cap_1.jpg

http://www.myfishingpictures.com/data/500/345_Conquest_cap_2.jpg

420 Outrage "access":

http://www.myfishingpictures.com/data/500/420_Outrage_access.jpg

Unknown boat top cap:

http://www.myfishingpictures.com/data/500/unknown_boat_cap.jpg

Unknown boat hard top (both sides):

http://www.myfishingpictures.com/data/500/unknown_boat_hard_top_1.jpg

http://www.myfishingpictures.com/data/500/unknown_boat_hard_top_2.jpg

jimh posted 01-13-2015 03:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Thanks for posting the links. It would have been great to be down in Florida this morning to attend this event--it's 8-degrees-F here in southern Michigan and minus-10-degrees-F up North.

The new building facility must be designed for production of these larger hulls. It is great to see Boston Whaler expanding, and hiring more people.

The picture of the 345 CONQUEST showing all the gear, cables, hoses, wiring, etc., is really illustrative of the much greater complexity of these larger Boston Whaler hulls compared to the simplicity of the old boats. There is a lot of "stuff" to keep working for the next 25 years in a big CONQUEST. It is fun to see it, but I bet it will take some work to keep it going.

ConB posted 01-14-2015 07:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for ConB  Send Email to ConB     
Here is a good article.

http://www.tradeonlytoday.com/2015/01/ boston-whaler-celebrates-florida-plant-expansion/

I am wondering how many employees Whaler has now compared to 2008 when business went bad.

Con

jimh posted 01-15-2015 02:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
I suspect that the new building and new production line might be used in building the 320 DAUNTLESS that is supposed to be coming. I read a 32-foot bow-rider 320 DAUNTLESS will be on display at the 2015 Miami International Boat Show.
Hoosier posted 01-15-2015 05:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoosier  Send Email to Hoosier     
This is in the FWIW department. Harris-Kayot, Brunswick's pontoon boat division, recently moved into a new plant here in Fort Wayne, it's almost twice the size of the "old" plant.

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