First Hydra-Sports boats made by MasterCraft

MasterCraft Boat Co. in Vonore recently marked a milestone with production of the first Hydra-Sports Boat Co. boats built under MasterCraft ownership. Mastercraft bought Hydra-Sports, a maker of high-performance saltwater boats, in January.

The first Hydra-Sports 2011 models were completed earlier this month.

Boat making in the Knoxville region has taken its lumps in recent years as recession-battered consumers cut discretionary spending. Hundreds of manufacturing jobs in the region have been lost, mostly at Sea Ray, a divison of Brunswick Corp.

It’s good to see MasterCraft getting stronger.

“There is no question this is a big moment for the Hydra-Sports brand,” MasterCraft President and CEO John Dorton said in a statement. “It was only a few short months ago the future of this remarkable company was in real question. But thanks to the due diligence and hard work of so many outstanding individuals, Hydra-Sports is once again designing, building and delivering boats to its valued customers.”

MasterCraft previously said it expected to add 50-100 jobs following the Hydra-Sports acquisition.