Sea Ray, Knoxville, Tennessee, celebrated several infrastructure improvements at its Palm Coast, Florida yacht manufacturing facility at a waterfront ribbon-cutting ceremony on in late February. The facility's celebration was a new extended water test ramp.
“The Palm Coast facility is an integral part of Sea Ray's story, and the addition of this extended water test ramp underscores our commitment to boating's bright future,' says Sea Ray President Tim Schiek.
Several Florida state officials, including State Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection, Hershel Vinyard, and District 6 Constituent Services Manager, Sue Bower, attended the event. Greg Strong and Jim Maher of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection as well as several members of the Flagler County Board of County Commissioners were also present.
Schiek also spoke about Sea Ray's new L-Class yacht series. “We introduced our groundbreaking new L-Class series of yachts and the flagship L650 Fly at the Miami Boat Show, to great acclaim,” says Schiek. “We have already seen tremendous demand for the L650 Fly, which is produced here at the Palm Coast facility.
The extended water test ramp has already proven a critical addition to the facility since all of Sea-Ray's L650 Fly models must be water-delivered since they cannot be transported by land. The new ramp allows for the movement of up to 150,000 pounds, enabling technicians at the Palm Coast facility to transport boats 50 feet and larger directly from the production line to the water. Once in the water, quality assurance testing takes place, followed by eventual water delivery.
“The facility spent months going through the appropriate governmental and environmental protocols necessary to establish this ramp. It's important that we recognize with gratitude our Florida Public Agencies' support for this initiative,” said Schiek. “The addition is a crucial one, and the impact will be great. Because of the yachts that can now be manufactured and quality tested here, we anticipate more than 100 jobs will be added to the facility.”
Sea Ray says its Palm Coast facility is the largest manufacturing employer in Flagler County.
Sea Ray recently moved its world headquarters to the landmark First Tennessee Building in downtown Knoxville, joining the Brunswick Boat Group under the same roof. Sea Ray operates as part of the Boat Group division of Brunswick Corporation. The brand offers more than 40 models ranging from 18 to 65 feet.