Orlando, Florida-based fibreglass watersports vessel manufacturer, Correct Craft, announced it is entering the aluminum fishing boat market with the acquisition of SeaArk Boats, an aluminum fishing boat builder located in Monticello, Arkansas.
SeaArk presently only has one Canadian dealer, Listers Motor Sports in Whitehorse, Yukon.
Robin McClendon, the company's previous owner and member of its founding family, explained the reason for the sale. "After fifty-eight years in the marine industry, it is a bitter-sweet decision for the McClendon family to exit the recreational boat building business, but we believe that we have found the right owner in Correct Craft. SeaArk Boats is successful today because of the many dedicated and talented team members who have worked hard to help our company thrive. I am very grateful to have worked alongside these people and I know that our team members, as well as our legacy, are in good hands with the Correct Craft team.'
"SeaArk Boats is an outstanding company with a strong brand, great reputation, and exceptional team; we could not be happier to have them joining the Correct Craft family,' says Correct Craft's President and CEO Bill Yeargin. "The McClendon family have done a wonderful job for decades and we are honoured that they would trust their brand, legacy and employees to Correct Craft. We are thrilled to work together with the SeaArk team in Monticello to continue to grow the company.'
Known primarily for its heavy-duty aluminum boats designed for cat-fishing, SeaArk also builds bass and crappie fishing boats, jon boats, duck boats, and bay boats as well as offers a variety of tunnel and jet tunnel hulls.
With SeaArk's acquisition, Correct Craft continues to add to its growing list of brands which now includes Nautique, Centurion, Supreme, Bass Cat and Yar-Craft as well as the Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Group.