Tag Archives: Sylvan

Pontoons of tomorrow

By Adam Quandt Once looked at as simple, slow lake cruisers or all-out party barges, pontoons have increased in popularity and versatility since their entrance into the market in the 1950s, and the pontoons of tomorrow show no signs of slowing those trends. “I would say Godfrey – having been one of the first builders to launch an aluminum pontoon ...

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Smoker Craft to resume full production

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Smoker Craft, Inc. – the manufacturer of fiberglass, pontoon and aluminum boats sold under the Smoker Craft, Starcraft, Starweld, Sylvan and SunChaser brands – announced the company will resume limited production at its New Paris, Indiana manufacturing facility starting on Monday April 27 and return to full production on Monday, May 4. The return to production follows a five-week shutdown ...

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Steady as she goes

The pontoon boat segment was the first to recover in the wake of the downturn, and it continues to post steady and consistent sales growth year after year. Is this the new normal? “We’re again looking at growth in the high single-digit range.” “We expect growth to continue at the same rate, or even a little better than what we saw last year.” ...

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Smoker Craft building growth on export business

The international flavor at Smoker Craft’s 2018 dealer meeting was undeniable as the New Paris, Indiana-based boat manufacturer builds on its strong domestic market share with a renewed emphasis on export sales. The company, which manufactures aluminum fishing boats, fiberglass runabouts, surf boats and pontoon boats under its Smoker Craft, Starcraft, Starweld, Sylvan and SunChaser brands, welcomed representatives from more ...

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Full speed ahead

Continued strong sales growth fueled by innovative designs and unmatched versatility suggest a sunny future for the pontoon segment While the recreational boating industry in North America has seen more than its share of highs and lows over the years, one constant has been the continued growth of the pontoon boat category. From humble beginnings where they were derided as ...

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