About the Company
Southport Boats by Kenway Corporation is the culmination of a dream that began in North Carolina when a team of experienced boat builders, passionate fishermen and offshore racing enthusiasts joined forces with the legendary C. Raymond Hunt Associates to develop a unique and revolutionary new boat design. In 2003 the first Southport was launched with great success and quickly became recognized as one of the best performing boats in its class. In 2011 Southport Boats was acquired by the owners of Kenway Corporation and boat production was moved to Augusta Maine where Carolina styling meets Maine craftsmanship and a team of experienced boat builders ensures that the construction of every boat matches the outstanding performance of the Hunt4 hull design.
The origins of today’s Maine-based Southport Boats dates back to 1947 when Kenneth G. Priest Sr. founded Kenway Boats, building a wooden runabout of his own design as well a fiberglass version which still explore the lakes and ponds all over New England. Honesty, ingenuity and the fiberglass manufacturing expertise of the Kenway team fueled their transition into a leader in advanced composite manufacturing. Today Kenway Corporation and its team of engineers and technicians serve customers from heavy industry, renewable energy, government and military, to transportation and infrastructure. Southport Boats is part of Kenway’s Maritime Marine Group division which focuses on the marine industry, where advanced composites technology is expertly blended with the traditions of boat building craftsmanship.
Maritime Marine Group, LLC is owned and managed by second and third generation family members Kenneth G. Priest II. PE and Ian D. Kopp, who serve as the company’s Chief Executive Officer and President/Chief Operating Office respectively. Industry veteran Skip Robinson leads Southport Boats as Managing Director, and is supported by Peter Galvin in sales and marketing, Dan Sayce in production, and Tammy Bernier in customer service. In a rapidly changing industry, we take great pride in remaining a private, family-owned business, where we prioritize the individual needs of each Southport owner, providing personal customer service as we build one of the most beautiful boats in its class.