Powerboat builder enters sailing market

EDGEWATER, Fla. — EdgeWater Boats has been named the exclusive builder of the new Summit 35 Racer/Cruiser sailboat model, according to a statement released yesterday by EdgeWater.

EdgeWater typically manufactures fishing and family cruising boats ranging from 14 to 38 feet, but sailboat developer Summit Yachts said it selected EdgeWater to manufacture the Summit 35 because of its proprietary high-tech construction methods and consistently high customer service index ratings.

“EdgeWater has manufactured many semi-custom recreational and commercial projects since we opened our doors in 1992; however, this is the first time we have built a completely new design with an outside client,” Peter Truslow, president of EdgeWater Boats, said in the release. “We are very excited about our collaboration with Summit Yachts. The Summit 35 is a beautiful, efficient design and the type of world-class product we like to build.”

EdgeWater said it has several orders on hand and is already is in full production on the Summit 35, which is scheduled to make its official debut at the Newport International Boat Show, Sept. 17-20.

The Summit project is one of several new ventures EdgeWater has taken on as it expands beyond its core business of building saltwater fishing and cruising boats.

“The project has helped us to refine our technology. The knowledge we’ve gained has helped us with development work we are doing for the U.S. Navy, as well as to improve our existing EdgeWater line,” Truslow said in the release. “The Summit 35 and other custom projects have allowed our team to maintain steady production throughout 2009, even with the downturn in the boating industry.”

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