Vanquish acquires Bristol Harbor Boats

Vanquish Boats announced Wednesday the acquisition of Bristol Harbor Boats of Bristol, R.I. Vanquish has already begun building the 21’ outboard Center Console Bristol Harbor that will be called the 21’ Vanquish Bristol Harbor Series CC. The acquisition allows Vanquish entry into an opening price point model, allowing the company to expand market share.

“The Bristol Harbor was a logical purchase for us as a sister brand,” said Morgan Huntley, Vanquish president. “A combination of a downeast shear with a modern underbody gives the boats a gorgeous ride, and their traditional New England styling fits perfectly with Vanquish sensibilities. Her variable dead rise hull aligns beautifully with our philosophy that this modern running surface provides the best all around value to the customer.”

Tooling construction has begun on the 2nd Bristol Harbor Series model, the 21’ Cuddy, to be released in the 2017 model year. A 3rd Bristol Harbor Series model, the 21’ Dual Console, is currently in the design phase with Bristol Harbor Group, Inc (BHGI).

Bristol Harbor Boats, first built in 2006 by the Bristol Harbor Group, were largely constructed in Mexico and sold in the Northeast. As a part of the Vanquish Boats acquisition, the Bristol Harbor Series will now be built in Bristol, R.I. on the same production line as the existing models, and sold nationwide and in Canada.

“We’re tremendously excited that Vanquish Boats will be continuing the development of the Bristol Harbor series,” said Cory Wood, vice president of BHGI. “Vanquish has a proven track record of delivering a product that is beautiful and well built.”

The 21’ Bristol Harbor Series rides on a Vinyl-Ester Epoxy Resin hull skin that is foam filled and resin sealed. Like all Vanquish Boats, the construction is 100 percent composite and wood-free.

“We felt it was important to offer a product to our customer that opens the door to a higher end boat at a tremendous value. Now customers that have been dreaming about owning a Vanquish but are not yet ready for a 24’ or 26’ have a great way to become a part of the family,” Morgan continued. “We love this boat, we’re proud of her performance on the water and we think she’s a great introduction to the brand.”

The 21’ Center Console is available now, with orders being taken through the fall. The 21’ Cuddy and the 21’ Dual Console are in the design stage with Bristol Harbor Group, with plans to build the first hulls for the 2017 model year.

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