Lewmar strengthens focus on powerboat market

HAVANT, Hampshire, United Kingdom – Marine equipment supplier Lewmar Ltd. is working to further strengthen its position in the powerboat sector by creating two new management roles, it reported in a statement today.

Lawrence Stove has been promoted to the new position of powerboat market manager, while Phil Roberts takes up the new role of powerboat hatch product manager. These two new jobs have been created to harness opportunities in the expanding powerboat market, according to Lewmar.

Lawrence Stove will be responsible for Lewmar’s anchor, windlass and thruster product lines. He brings 10 years of experience in the anchor windlass market where his involvement at Simpson Lawrence and subsequently Lewmar has been instrumental in growing the company’s windlass market share in both power and sailboat sectors, the company reported.

”Lewmar is going full throttle to carve a place for itself as a leading supplier to powerboat OEM’s,” remarked Stove. “I am delighted to be leading the way in product development to provide a dedicated focus on the needs of these builders.”

Stove will relocate with his family from Scotland to Southern England to be closer to the Lewmar manufacturing base.

Phil Roberts, who successfully developed Lewmar’s thruster range, is moving to the new role of powerboat hatch product manager. Roberts has worked at Lewmar for over 20 years in various senior roles from engineering and operations through to product management.

“Phil has already proven he can develop a product out of a market opportunity and is poised to do it again,” commented Peter O’Connell, Lewmar’s managing director..

This new product management category is being created to complement the existing hatch range managed by Bob Stevens.

“Lewmar is making this investment to secure a larger share of the £50 million global powerboat hatch and portlight market,” explained O’Connell. “We have already established ourselves as the leading hatch and portlight supplier in the sailboat market, and are now intent upon growing our share of powerboats.”

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