Industry legend returns to bass fishing boat business
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The man behind a number of America’s top bass boat brands is returning to the sector with a new company backed by $30m of investment.
Earl Bentz, founder of the Stratos and Triton fishing boat brands, has launched Caymas Boats. Based in Ashland City, Tennessee, the new company is expected to start production of freshwater and saltwater fishing craft in February. A 27ft bay boat will be its first model with bass boats up to 21ft also in the pipeline.
“All of us at Caymas Boats are thrilled to bring fibreglass boat building back home to Ashland City,” said Bentz. “I am especially proud that many craftsmen in the area, who formerly built Stratos, Javelin and Triton boats, have already signed onto the Caymas workforce.
“These loyal and highly skilled men and women already have decades of boatbuilding experience, ensuring that Caymas Boats will lead the marine industry in quality and innovation.”
Bentz, a member of the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame, added that the new venture is expected to create 280 jobs.