VONORE, Tenn. (February 21, 2017) – MasterCraft Boat Company (NASDAQ: MCFT) cemented its leadership as an innovator in the towboat category with its sixth innovation award in seven years for its groundbreaking DockStar Handling System, an exclusive option available on select 2017 MasterCraft boats. Announced at last weekend’s Miami International Boat Show, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International honored MasterCraft with this award as one of just 19 winners out of 63 evaluated products.
“We’re thrilled to receive yet another innovation award from the NMMA recognizing that MasterCraft products are the most innovative in our industry,” said Terry McNew, President and CEO of MasterCraft Boat Company. “Our award-winning technologies are why many boat owners choose MasterCraft and the DockStar Handling System is a great example of how our engineering can benefit consumers. DockStar not only simplified navigating tight spaces like docks and marinas, it also improved the handling of MasterCraft boats.”
The patent pending DockStar Handling System enables boat drivers of any ability level to confidently drive in reverse and more easily navigate tight docks and crowded marinas. MasterCraft’s engineering team conquered two equally important charters with the innovative DockStar Handling System: enable drivers to control a boat in any direction in reverse and improve the docking and maneuverability capabilities of an inboard drive MasterCraft. The DockStar Handling System enables this through a pair of low-profile, flanking rudders that enable port-side reverse control, which was previously unattainable with any inboard towboat, while also greatly assisting during docking and controlling the vessel at low speeds.
Continued legacy of industry innovation
In the last three years MasterCraft’s top new products and technologies all received the annual Innovation Award from the NMMA and Boating Writers International. In 2014, the company’s Gen 2 Surf System that provides perfectly shaped, chest high waves at the touch of a button received the annual designation. The same year, the company’s ultimate ski boat, the ProStar, received the Innovation Award due to a bevy of innovations like the convertible bow, pioneering storage system for skis and unparalleled flat wakes. In 2015, the company’s ultimate wake surf boat, the X23, also received the innovation award being recognized for its groundbreaking hull design and compartmentalized ballasts that deliver the longest, most customizable waves on the market.
To learn more about the DockStar Handling System and see the technology in action, please visit: http://www.mastercraft.com/dockstar.
Do you love water skiing? Are you technically minded and interested in starting a career in ski design and construction but don’t know how to get your foot in the door? If you answered yes to both of those questions GOODE Skis’ 2017 summer apprenticeship program might be right for you.
In it’s second year, GOODE’s apprenticeship program is designed to educate the next generation of ski designers and builders.
“Last summer was our first year offering the program and it was a huge success,” said Dave Goode, founder and president of GOODE Skis. “The guys who took part were an integral part of our team in the factory and I think they learned a lot, both on and off the water.”
Lasting approximately eight to 12 weeks and taking place at GOODE’s Ogden, Utah headquarters, the apprenticeships are paid and may include housing for the right candidates. Apprentices will work in GOODE’s state-of-the-art manufacturing plant, learning skills such as ski design, manufacturing, quality control, materials management, supply chain management, and machinery operation.
The apprenticeship also includes skiing. Lot’s of skiing. Apprentices will join GOODE’s R&D team for daily skiing sessions at GOODE Ski Lake, located about one mile away from GOODE headquarters.
“For me, it was the perfect mix between learning business acumen while maintaining a high level of waterski training,” said Dane Mechler, who participated in the program last summer and was recently named USA Water Ski’s Male Athlete of the Year. “Working at GOODE, I had one of the best ski seasons of my life. Dave stressed to us the importance of getting better on all aspects. Equipment, technique, driving, training: everything we did, we tried to get better little by little.”
The Boarding School, located in Orlando, Florida, officially welcomes its newest team member, Freddie Winter. Freddie will be heading up the ski program that Travis Moye started at The Boarding School five years ago.
The Boarding School is situated on three private lakes on the east side of Orlando. With slalom courses on two of the three lakes, it is a skier’s dream. One course faces North/South and the other, East/West. No matter what Mother Nature has in store, there is always at least one lake that is perfect. With connecting lakes, it gives skiers the rare opportunity to run multiple courses without dropping. To top that off, they have a 2017 MasterCraft ProStar and a full line of Radar Skis to demo while you are there.
Freddie Winter originally hails from across the pond in London, England. He started skiing at the age of six and won his first National Title by the age of 11. As the saying goes, “the rest is history.” At the age of 26, Freddie is currently ranked number two in the world. He has his sights set on moving to number one, and winning the World Championship this year.
“If you have ever met Freddie, you know that he is incredibly focused and determined to reach his goals on and off the water,” says Travis Moye, owner of The Boarding School. “You also quickly notice that he likes to have a good time, ultimately making him a great fit for The Boarding School. We are extremely excited to have him as part of the family to continue our ski program.”
Freddie has coached at several clubs throughout his career and has traveled the world doing clinics, but is ready to officially call TBS home. “I couldn’t be more excited to be joining The Boarding School family. It’s the perfect place for a skier at any level to develop their abilities, and I’m looking forward to contributing to that progression. It’s no coincidence I came here to reach the next level of skiing.”
If you would like to take a trip to The Boarding School, you can visit their website, www.theboardingschool.com or contact them at 407 484 5525.
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Norm is pictured below with his daughter Trudi Speak-boyd Dusin
Norm is pictured below with his wife Thresa Speak.
Cooper Marley is 12. He is the son of Comedian Bob Marley, and he’s also a die hard water skier….I think he might actually love it more than I do!!
Coop had a school project for a class, on the topic of Changemakers, so he decided to call me up. Why?…I dunno. As humans, there is an innate desire to do what we can to make the world a better place. We wanna leave it better than we found it. But most people don’t have any idea how to accomplish that. There’s no “right way” and there’s not really a road map to follow. I am one of those “most people”, as I’m still trying to figure out how to become a change maker. But, Cooper is 12, and I’d say he’s well on his way.
This is a phone conversation between Cooper in Maine, and me in California, so the audio is not ideal, but I think its more than good enough.
Let me know what you think of this episode, and what you might want to see more of down the road!