Because the water sports industry loves drama, here you go. I can’t blame Malibu for protecting their interests and intellectual property. After what Correct Craft pulled with the Wakeboard tower in the early 2000′s I for one am not sad to see Nautique get a taste of their own medicine. I experienced the royalty payment on every single “wakeboard tower” I sold going to Correct Craft HQ.
Correct Craft has pulled the wraps off their new updated website for next year, which features their line of 2009 Nautique boats. The overall layout of the site is the same as last year’s version, with minor updates to accommodate new options for exploring each boat, and the technology and features that make them special.
The biggest changes to the 2009 model line include the brand new 216V crossover and the strangely styled Flight Control Tower 3. Designed for multi-sport performance, the 216V features plenty of space in it’s 21′ 6″ chassis, along with built-in ballast for wakeboarding performance. Unfortunately it also features the same disjointed, segmented and confusing interior that all of Nautique’s new models have showcased lately.
Check out the rest of the details regarding the new website and a brief overview of the changes for 2009 after the jump.
Correct Craft and their longtime power partner, Pleasurecraft Marine Engines, have teamed up to bring catalyzed marine engines to the Nautique line for 2008. Although their claims of a “green” marine engine seem slightly contradictory to us, there’s no denying that the current crop of catalyzed marine engines are much better for the environment than their predecessors. Like Indmar’s ETX/CAT introduced last year, PCM’s new Catanium system combines the exhaust manifold with a solid-state catalyst that promotes the combustion of harmful components in the engines exhaust. These systems are very similar to those that have been installed in our cars for the last 20 years, with the necessary advancements to be used in the marine setting.
In addition to the cleaner emissions, PCM’s new line of Catanium equipped engines also features better fuel economy and enhanced power thanks to the more advanced engine control modules required by the exhaust catalyst system. Overall, it’s a win-win for everyone, the water we like to play in will be a little cleaner, and we’ll save money by using less gas while wakeboarding.
You can read the full details in Correct Craft’s press release after the jump.
One of our contacts in the industry recently contacted us to share some news about an ownership change at Correct Craft. The details are still thin, and of course nothing has been confirmed, but here’s what we believe to be true:
The Meloon family had held the controlling stake in Correct Craft since its inception, making it the oldest family owned boat manufacturer in the world. In preparation for retirement, the eldest Meloon has sold his share of the company business, reducing the family’s share in the company to less than 50%.
The new majority owner has not been made public, but apparently it is an individual, and not a a group of owners or a private equity firm as we’ve seen with Malibu and Mastercraft lately. The fact of the matter is, with litigation continually influencing more and more of the decisions that are made in America, estate planning is a very real concern for all privately held companies once they reach a certain size. We can only assume, that as was the case with Malibu, this transition is to better address those legal issues.
Here’s to hoping the new relationship will be a fruitful one for Correct Craft and all parties involved. We’ll keep you updated as we learn more.
Correct Craft pulled the wraps off their new website recently, and the response from the wakeboard industry has been positive
Red Rocket Studios was responsible for the overhaul, which relies almost entirely on Flash (unfortunately). But the flash isn’t too obtrusive, and page loading time is fairly quick. In addition to the new layout is a powerful new boat building tool, which allows users to configure the Nautique of your dreams with all of the new decals, options and extras for 2008.
If you’re shopping for a new boat (or even if you’re not), take a spin through the new Nautiques website and let us know what you think in the comments.
The full Correct Craft press release is posted after the jump.
The last time Andrew Adkison took to the water in Orlando for a pro event, he had just won a world championship the previous fall. He was on top of the wakeboarding world and competing in his home town. It�s d�j� vu all over again for Adkison as professional wakeboarding returns to the city that many consider the capital of the sport. But this time Adkison is hoping for much different results as the Air Nautique Wake Games debut April 26-29 at the Orlando Watersports Complex.
It looks like Emily has said so long to Supra and Skiers Choice, as a recent press release from Correct Craft announces she’ll be riding for Nautiques in 2007. Emily certainly is a hot commodity for manufacturers, she’s like-able, attractive, rides very well, and probably won’t receive any bad press. She now rides for two of the largest manufacturers in the industry, Ronix Wakeboards and Correct Craft boats.
J.D. Power and Associates has deemed Correct Craft and their line of Nautique boats the highest in customer satisfaction for the inboard watersports towboat niche. This is the fifth time Nautique has earned the illustrious award in as many years since its inception. Obviously Correct Craft
has figured out how to convince their customers to rate them higher is doing something right in the eyes of J.D., which uses feedback from actual boat owners to contribute to their decision making skill.
Check out the official press release after the break.
At sixteen, Jimmy LaRiche certainly has a lot of life to look forward to, but to say he’s inexperienced at his young age wouldn’t exactly be fair. LaRiche has already amassed a mound of titles in the Junior divisions of various competitions, and is a member of the newly reorganized Hyperlite Team.
Hoping to capitalize on the future success of this young rider, Correct Craft has announced a new deal that signs him to their pro team along with the other standout riders they sponsor. Read the official press release after the jump.