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Jun 17, 2016 - ALPHARETTA, GA -- Today, Honda Marine, a division of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., and H2O Sports Manufacturing, LLC announced a new agreement to revive the iconic Trophy brand boat to be powered exclusively by Honda Marine engines. Honda Marine is a marketer of a complete range of outboard marine 4-stroke engines. H2O Sports Manufacturing is a boat builder of high quality Clearwater Sport Fishing Boats, Cape Craft Sport Fishing Boats and Outcast Skiffs.
According to the terms of the new agreement, H2O Sports Manufacturing will produce a full new lineup of Trophy skiffs to be powered by Honda Marine engines. The all-new Trophy boat models will be manufactured with 100 percent new tooling and will incorporate the latest boat-building technology. Initially, the Trophy lineup will consist of four, V-bottom skiffs: #1800svk, #2000skv, #2200svk and #2400svk. Production of these models is projected to begin summer 2016 at the H2O Sports Manufacturing facility in Americus, Georgia. In tandem, Honda Marine will supply H2O with selected outboard engine models from its Mid-Range BF Series (BF40, #bf50, #bf60, #bf75, #bf90 and BF100) and High Power BF Series (BF115, #bf135, #bf150, #bf200, #bf225, and BF250) as original equipment for these new Trophy models.
"We are excited to launch our partnership with H2O Sports Manufacturing providing customers and dealers great value and outstanding quality in the skiff segment of the recreational boating market," said Mark DiPietro, senior manager, Honda Marine. "With class-leading performance, outstanding fuel efficiency and the reliability that boat owners value, Honda Marine engines will be power matched for optimal performance for the new Trophy line of boats."
Founded in 2014, H2O Sports Manufacturing has a solid network of more than 30 dealers in the southeast, with plans to double the size of its network within the next year. In addition, the company is expanding its manufacturing and employee footprint in Americus, Georgia. H2O is working with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division and local and state agencies to move its manufacturing operations into an upgraded 500,000 square foot facility that puts a rehabilitated brownfield site back into use. The addition of the Trophy line of skiffs to the current H2O lineup is expected to create 30 new jobs by the end of 2016.
The all-new Trophy boats feature wood-free construction (100 percent composite materials with stringers made from coosa and/or three-inch fiber reinforced foam); upholstery designed and sewn on-site and made with Sunbrella® UV protecting fabrics; walk-in consoles; a full liner; vinyl ester resin; a spray core; and a lifetime warranty on the boat structure.
"We are proud to be a partner with Honda Marine, which has earned a reputation among OEMs as a highly respected provider of marine engines known for exceptional fuel economy, performance and reliability," said Chad Roberson, President – H2O Sports Manufacturing, LLC. "Generations of boat enthusiasts recognize the iconic Trophy brand as a desirable and highly sea-worthy boat, and we are proud to continue that tradition as part of our new alliance with Honda Marine."
Spotlight On Honda Marine Outboards
The #bf40 – #bf250 range of Honda Marine outboards incorporates innovative, advanced design elements, making these engines the leading outboard choice among today's boating enthusiasts. Depending on the model, a number of Honda Exclusives are integrated into the design of these mid-range and high-power outboards:
For more than 50 years, Honda Marine, which pioneered 4-stroke technology, has set new benchmarks for fuel efficiency, quiet operation and low emissions with its comprehensive line of 4-stroke outboard engines that share the same unparalleled durability, quality and reliability of its legendary automobiles and motorcycles. With models ranging from 2.3 to 250 horsepower, the Honda Marine full line of current production models meets the rigorous California Air Resources Board (CARB) 3-star standards, enabling availability and regulatory compliance in all 50 states.
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