Renaissance Marine Group buys Northwest Jet Boats

CLARKSTON, Wash. — Renaissance Marine Group has purchased the manufacturing assets, inventory and rights to build and market the Northwest Jet Boat brand of welded aluminum sport and fishing boats, according to a release from Renaissance. 

Renaissance says it will consolidate production in its Clarkston, Wash., factory and expand its dealer network to include the Northwest Jet Boat dealers in the U.S. and Canada. Renaissance, which was founded in 2000, is also the parent company and manufacturer of Duckworth, Weldcraft and Columbia boats. 

Northwest Jet Boats was founded in 1987 by Larry Whitten, who will continue as owner of the Northwest Marine & Sport dealership, currently the largest and most prominent Northwest Jet Boat dealer. Going forward, Northwest Marine & Sport will add the Weldcraft brand. 

Whitten will also serve as a special consultant to Renaissance for the next three years to oversee the transition in production to the Clarkston facility and to be involved in ongoing product development and marketing. 

“We’re looking beyond the current marine industry downturns and planning ahead to better serve the needs of the aluminum boat buyer and dealers,” Dan Larson, Renaissance CEO, said in the release. “The addition of Northwest Jet Boats improves our production capabilities, our buying power,and our dealer network. We anticipate adding to our Clarkston workforce and maintaining our U.S.-based production at lower costs.”

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