AUGUSTA, ME — OCTOBER 14, 2013 — Southport Boats, a division of Maritime Marine Group, LLC, has appointed George Menezes as Director of Product Development and Engineering. Menezes assumes the newly created position at Southport Boats to oversee the introduction of new boat models, specifically a 32′ model designed by C. Raymond Hunt and Associates that is currently in development. In addition to his role as project engineer for Southport’s long awaited, larger boat, Menezes will contribute to the continual upgrades and improvements on the existing Southport 27’ and 29’ center console models. Continue reading
AUGUSTA, ME — SEPTEMBER 15, 2013 — Southport Boats, a division of Maritime Marine Group, LLC, received Newport International Boat Show’s “2013 Best Powerboat Under 30 Feet” award for the new 29 FE model. The Southport 29 FE is a crossover model that offers the luxury and amenities of a family cruiser without sacrificing fishability and offshore performance. The model made its debut at the Newport International Boat Show this month and is now available for test drives at select Southport dealers.
“The concept for the 29 FE originated in Newport two years ago after we repeatedly were asked by prospective customers to offer our larger 29’ center consoles with the family-friendly seating standard in our 27 CC model,” said Peter Galvin, vice president of marketing at Southport Boats “We listened carefully, incorporated several new features, and the 29 FE was born. The feedback from the public at this year’s show has been fantastic.”
The new 29 FE model includes an adjustable-height lunch/cocktail table designed for alfresco dining. The table is easily lowered between the forward seats creating a spacious sun pad platform. The console has a comfortable forward-facing loveseat-style cushion with suede-like marine-grade vinyl.
Southport Boats 29 FE has several additional features that make the boat more attractive to boaters who are entertaining as well as fishing. The lockable stand-up head enclosure includes a faux granite sink and countertop and durable, nonskid, easy-to-clean Marinedeck® on the cabin sole. Deluxe helm chairs with flip-up bolsters are standard on the Southport 29 FE, and the leaning post tackle station can be replaced with an optional entertainment center complete with grill and refrigerator. A plush three quarter aft lounge seat stretches across the stern to provide multi–person seating when cruising or entertaining. The lounge seat folds down when fishing is the priority. Additional options for the Southport 29 FE include a quarter-berth beneath the console front seat.
A preview of Southport Boats 29 FE is available online at www.southportboats.com. Prospective customers can contact select dealers now for a sea trial.
Southport Boats Welcomes Lighthouse Marina to Dealer Network
AUGUSTA, ME — AUGUST 13, 2013 — Southport Boats, a division of Maritime Marine Group, LLC, is expanding its nationwide sales reach into the Long Island Sound area with the addition of Lighthouse Marina to its dealer network. Lighthouse Marina of Aquebogue, New York, will represent Southport Boats’ entire line of 27-foot and 29-foot center console and express fishing boats throughout Long Island, New York.
Lighthouse Marina will be showcasing Southport Boats’ newest model, the 29FE. Southport Boats will debut the 29FE at the Newport International Boat Show in September. A 29FE will be available for test rides at Lighthouse Marina beginning in October. A preview of the 29FE is available online at www.southportboats.com.
“The team at Lighthouse Marina takes pride in providing an impeccable facility and focuses on providing customers with exemplary service and attention to detail,” said Skip Robinson, managing director of Southport Boats. “We are confident that our new dealer will deliver the same first-class experience to our customers that Southport Boats is known for. Lighthouse Marina will expertly service the growing number of Southport Boat owners on Long Island Sound.”
Lighthouse Marina is a second-generation marina, family-owned and -operated by Alex and Christine Galasso. The marina offers a full range of boating services including dockage, storage, repair, brokerage, boat rentals and fuel. Prospective customers in the Long Island Sound area who are interested in test-driving a Southport 29FE can contact Lighthouse Marina at 631-722-3400 or visit the website at www.lighthousemarina.com.
Sport Fishing editor Chris Woodward chronicles a fantastic day shark fishing off the coast of Maine and is witness to a classic battle between the crew on a Southport 29 CC and a 360 lb Thresher shark
The folks at Maine tourism could not have written a better script: Spotless sky over a still, serene sea; finback and minke whales surfacing, blowing, gliding; sharks darting through the chum; potential state-record blue shark on fly; not one but two thresher sharks — estimated at 165 and 360 pounds.
About the only thing missing that August day was a mako. But let’s not get greedy. To top it all off, for the first hour or so, all the fish came to my boat. As the saying goes: I’d rather be lucky than good. Continue reading
Our friends at Sport Fishing Magazine picked a great week to fish for sharks on our newest 29 CC Southport. Click on the link below to see a photo gallery of all the action and fun.
In depth interview with Ian Kopp, President and CEO of Maritime Marine Group the builder of Southport Boats, Maritime Boats and Bristol Harbor Boats. The interview discusses the history of Maritime Marine, the decision to purchase Southport Boats and the investment in Front Street Shipyard. Mr. Kopp also shares his perspective on the challenges facing the boating industry and the opportunities that exist in the future. Continue reading
Southport Boats (www.southportboats.com), a division of Maritime Marine Group, LLC, is pleased to announce the appointment of the Lauderdale Marina as a premier dealer for the State of Florida as well as the Bahamas and the Caribbean Islands. The Lauderdale Marina facility is located at 1900 S.E. 15th Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida (www.lauderdalemarina.com / (954)523-8507). Lauderdale Marina is the latest dealer to join Southport Boats since the new ownership began manufacturing operations at the Augusta, Maine facility.
Founded in 1948, the Lauderdale Marina is a full service dealership located on a 4-acre point lot along the Intracoastal Waterway just minutes from Port Everglades and has represented more than 60 different boat brands over the years. ”We’ve always looked to partner with the highest quality boat brands in the business,” says Vice President & General Manager, Scott Clark. “With Southport Boats and their new owners, we feel confident that we’ve found the right combination of quality and performance, as well as a strong desire to develop a close working relationship between manufacturer and dealer. We’re eager to get people to experience some of the best performing boats in their class and very excited to represent Southport Boats in South Florida and the Caribbean.” Continue reading
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (10/13/11):
Southport Boats (www.southportboats.com), a division of Maritime Marine Group, LLC, is pleased to announce delivery of the latest Southport 29CC from the Maine factory. Rigged with Taco outriggers and twin 300hp Yamaha outboards, this hull is headed to R & B Power in Puerto Rico (www.rbpmarine.com). R & B Power is the latest dealer to join Southport Boats since the new ownership began manufacturing operations at the Augusta, Maine facility.
Since the announcement of the first dealer commitment from Smith Yacht Sales of Hingham, MA (www.smithyacht.com), four other dealers have signed on to represent Southport Boats. Along with its first delivery of a Southport 29CC, Northstar Yacht Sales of Portsmouth, RI (www.northstaryachtsales.com) opened it new offices in the heart of Newport, RI in the New England Boat Works facility while Madaket Marine (www.madaketmarine.com) will cater to Nantucket customers. Continue reading
Kenway Corporation (www.kenway.com) is pleased to announce that it recently completed the acquisition of the Southport Boats (www.southport-boatworks.com) tooling and equipment and plans to resume production immediately. Manufacturing operations are in the process of being moved to Kenway’s Augusta, Maine facility and the boats will be manufactured in parallel with the company’s smaller, more utilitarian line of Maritime and Maritime Skiff family fishing boats (www.maritimeboats.com). Sales and marketing will be conducted by Kenway’s sister company Maritime Marine, LLC, though the Southport brand will remain independent in the marketplace. Continue reading