It just so happens that I was able to plan a visit to the Calverton, N.Y., production facility of Hustler Powerboats during a family trip to New York City last week. Thankful as always for the time owner Joe LoGiudice and his nephew and VP of sales and marketing, Paul LoGiudice, allotted me on Friday afternoon, I was also pleased with the timing of my visit.
Before taking in one of the last New York Mets games of the season at Citi Field with Paul, he and Joe gave me a tour of the shop and I was able to see a few boats being built, including a 29- and a 38-foot V-bottom. Not only was I there to discuss Hustler news, I also wanted to find out how things were going since Global Marine Power, Hustler’s parent company, purchased the assets to Checkmate Powerboats in Bucyrus, Ohio. It had been more than three months since the acquisition so there was probably some news to report.