Ralph C. Meloon, son of Correct Craft founder, Walter C. Meloon, has been honoured with a Special Lifetime Tribute by the Water Ski Hall of Fame. Known as ‘Mr. Ralph’, Meloon was recognized at the 35th Annual Water Ski Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony held at Walt Disney’s World Showplace Pavilion at Epcot Theme Park in Orlando, Florida in early May.
The Hall of Fame Special Lifetime Tribute celebrates the lives of marine ambassadors who have made an extraordinary impact on the water sport. Honoured individuals are recognized as having gone above and beyond to enhance water skiing’s positive image on society, broaden the sport’s appeal throughout the world, and demonstrate integrity and dignity in a special and unique way.
Meloon, a 2013 NMMA Hall of Fame inductee, held many positions at Correct Craft over the years, including President, Executive Vice President, Treasurer, and Chairman of the Board for over 25 years. This has helped shape the company into a leader in the waterski and wakesports industry. Under Meloon’s leadership, the company established the first water ski team and developed the first water ski promotional program in the United States, which is still used by Correct Craft’s Nautique Boat Company and others in the watersports segment.
Meloon has traveled the globe helping to build Correct Craft and Nautique brands for water ski and wakeboard enthusiasts worldwide, visiting 85 different nations through the years. He was instrumental in selling boats to water ski federations in numerous countries.
Today, at age 99, Meloon continues to be an important figure in the industry and currently serves as Correct Craft’s Chairman Emeritus.
“Ralph Meloon is truly an icon in our industry and an important reason why waterskiing is a global sport,” says Correct Craft CEO, Bill Yeargin. “I am truly honoured to both work with and learn from Ralph, and am thrilled that he was recognized with this prestigious honour.”
Celebrating 92 years in the marine industry, Correct Craft is a Florida-based company with global operations. The Correct Craft family includes the Nautique, Centurion, Supreme, Bass Cat, Yar-Craft, SeaArk and Bryant boat brands as well as Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Group and Aktion Parks.