Just a year after Seaward Yachts entered into an agreement with Island Packet Yachts for the contract building of their unique retractable keel sailboats, Hake Marine, parent company of Seaward, has acquired both the assets of Island Packet and Blue Jacket Yachts. All three brands are being built side-by-side in the former Island Packet shipyard in Largo, Florida, by many experienced, seasoned former Island Packet craftsmen.
“When we met with the staff at Island Packet, I was moved by the loyalty and longevity of the team,” said Jessica Lynch, Director of Hake Marine. “Some of them have been with the company for more than 30 years, bringing with them an enormous amount of talent and dedication for fine American craftsmanship”, she said. “Our plan is to further develop each brand with new designs, streamline manufacturing processes, and organize for efficient and effective boat production.”
Hake Marine remains committed to the quality of design and construction that owners have experienced with Island Packet, Blue Jacket and Seaward built boats.
The company plans to offer all three sailboat brands through select dealers, along with factory direct sales.
To jumpstart the new company, Hake is providing $10,000- $20,000 in free options for any new boat ordered before the end of May.