PBC launches performance powerboat brand with Bauer leading production
For nearly six years, Performance Boat Center in Osage Beach, Missouri has been selling outboard motor catamarans under the Wright Performance banner. The name combined two entities, Doug Wright Designs/High-Tech Composites and Performance Boat Center, and the cats have been hot sellers for the multi-brand dealership, which also offers the MTI and Sunsation Boats lines.
Introduced in 2016, Performance Boat Center’s outboard motor catamarans are now called Performance Powerboats. Photo by Pete Boden copyright Shoot 2 Thrill Pix.
With all the recent changes in the market, including the 60% ownership change at Doug Wright/Advanced Composites earlier this month, Performance Boat Center owners Mark Waddington and Brett Manire are making a change themselves. important.
Now the Wright Performance grip is gone, replaced by Powerful motor boats for all catamarans completed in-house at the dealership, which has just begun construction of a new 30,000 square foot storage facility and has 80 boats entered – a new event record – for this Saturday’s Spring Fun Run .
“We see ourselves expanding and adding models that won’t necessarily be associated with high-tech composites,” Waddington explained in a phone interview this afternoon. “We will always work with their owners and they will continue to supply us. But we are also working on other models and we will make an announcement on this in the coming months.
To help them achieve their goals, Waddington and Manire tapped 27-year Mercury Marine/Mercury Racing veteran Johnny Bauer to be their in-house production manager. The Bauer official joined the Performance Boat Center team on May 1.
Finishing his career in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, as a Senior Calibration Technician, Bauer spent 18 years with Mercury Racing and was involved in several projects including the Quad Cam Four Valve engine platform – dubbed QC4v. During this time he not only worked internally, but with high performance powerboat builders across the country.
The name change is effective immediately.
“It’s hard to believe that I’ve spent more than half my life working for this company and contributed to some really cool projects along the way,” Bauer wrote in a farewell letter to his colleagues at Mercury Racing. “I hope I have acquired and maintained good habits, useful skills and good practices that I can put to good use in my new role overseeing the production of Performance Powerboats catamarans at the Performance Boat Center.
“My wife is retiring from the Wisconsin prison system and we have purchased a very neat property overlooking Mile Marker 38 on the Lake of the Ozarks with eight mile views and a boat ramp that will make our Stress Eliminator the motorboat looks small,” he added. “With our children out of the house, we are taking the opportunity to enjoy warmer weather and new challenges.”
Reached by phone this afternoon, Bauer said relieving Myrick Coil and Rusty Williams of the Performance Boat Center, as well as Manire, from their day-to-day production management duties is among his main goals.
“I am extremely excited and honored by the trust Mark and Brett have placed in me,” Bauer said. “It was pretty much what I expected – like drinking from a fire hose – but it’s great.”
Waddington sees Bauer, a lifelong enthusiast of fast powerboats, as the perfect addition to the Performance Boat Center team.
“He loves boats and he loves boating,” he said. “We don’t just sell boats. In fact, we go boating. He is perfect and, of course, he is very knowledgeable about Mercury Racing products, which is what we sell.
Manire was quick to point out that Performance Boat Center’s sales business is booming outside of its current and upcoming builds of Performance Powerboats.
“We have 24 MTIs sold and we have another 15 that we are trying to find production slots for,” he said. “We have 12-14 pre-sold center consoles from Sunsation – we take 80% of their production. We’re 100% pedal to the metal to get ahead with everything.
With a new handle for its in-house powerboat line and a new production manager, Performance Boat Center is wasting no time moving forward.
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