Correct Craft Acquires Bryant Boats


Orlando, Florida-based Correct Craft, maker of several leading tow boat brands, announced its newest acquisition, Bryant Boats. Bryant Boats is a premium fibreglass boat brand built in Sweetwater, Tennessee.

This past August, Brunswick Corporation’s Bayliner brand acquired Wake Tractor, an entry-level tow boat brand introduced to the market by the owners of Bryant.

Correct Craft believes Bryant, with its already established regional appeal, is well positioned for further national and global growth.

Bryant's Speranza, a 21-foot, four-inch long luxury fibreglass runabout, is put through its paces on Lake Joseph by boat tester, Mark Rotharmel.
Bryant’s Speranza, a 21-foot, four-inch long luxury fibreglass runabout, is put through its paces on Lake Joseph by boat tester, Mark Rotharmel.

Previous Bryant Owner, John Dorton, will remain at Bryant as both President and a minority shareholder. Correct Craft says Dorton is highly respected within the boating industry for both his work leading MasterCraft through many years of explosive growth as well as serving leadership roles on various boating industry boards.

“I am happy to continue leading Bryant into the future,” says Dorton. “We are all excited about the possibilities for growing Bryant significantly and globally in the years ahead.” “I also look forward to joining the Correct Craft family and working with both Bill (Yeargin, Correct Craft’s CEO) and his team; our cultures are aligned and I believe we will be able to achieve great things together,” added Dorton.

“I could not be happier to announce the acquisition of Bryant Boats,” says Bill Yeargin, Correct Craft’s CEO. “We believe Bryant is an excellent brand with tremendous global potential. I am also very excited to have a respected leader like John Dorton joining our team. As someone who competed against John for many years I know he is not only one of the top leaders in our industry but also someone whom I tremendously respect. We have a bright future together!”

Bryant's John Dorton and Correct Craft's Bill Yeargin.
Bryant’s John Dorton and Correct Craft’s Bill Yeargin.

Bryant Boats produces sterndrive runabouts ranging in length from 19 to 27 feet in length using 100 percent hand-laid fibreglass and wood-free construction.

Correct Craft, a Florida-based company with global operations, is the builder of Nautique, Centurion, Supreme, Bass Cat, Yar-Craft, SeaArk and now, Bryant boats. Correct Craft also operates Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Group and Aktion Parks.