Expansion of Whaler’s main production facility enables integration and consolidation of recreational and commercial vessel production
As reported by IBI in February, Brunswick Commercial and Government Products (BCGP) is discontinuing several brands and model lines and integrating the remaining “core Boston Whaler products,” into its headquarters manufacturing campus in Edgewater, Florida.
Gone are the Vigilant and Challenger fibreglass; Impact and Impact D-Collar rigid hull inflatables; and Sentry aluminium hull models. BCGP will focus instead on its Guardian and Justice platforms, stalwarts in Boston Whaler’s storied military and emergency responder history.
In an e-mail to US BCGP Commercial dealers on 27 August made available to IBI, the company said it is “reintroducing the commercial and government lineup with the two most popular platforms, the 210 Guardian and the 250 Justice” and “supporting [its] long-standing contract with US Southern Command” for the flagship 370 Justice.
The e-mail adds that “additional models will be offered based on global commercial and government customer demand for vessels in new applications, existing fleet expansion as well as replacement of aging vessels.”
Erik Bon Fleur, current general manager of BCGP, will continue to lead the division, with Rich Ritzema, a tenured MarineMax veteran, recently joining BCGP as Sales and Program manager for commercial and government products.
In February, IBI reported that a 42,000sq ft expansion to Whaler’s main production facility allowed it to consolidate and integrate production of both recreational and commercial vessels at the end of 2018, closing a leased facility used for commercial product production. Some 80 employees of commercial vessels were mostly absorbed into the combined operation, according to an e-mail from Brunswick Corporation director of Communication Dan Kubera back in February.
Boston Whaler began building workboats in the early 1960s, and built its reputation, according to many, with its first boats used in the Vietnam war.