Innovation in Manufacturing
1983—Harris Manufacturing purchases Kayot Corporation, America’s second-largest manufacturer of fiberglass deck boats at the time. With this merger Harris FloteBote, Inc., has two distinct brands; Harris FloteBote and Kayot.
1985—Harris FloteBote brand introduces the Heritage Model – the first pontoon boat with an extended deck, creating a sun lounge over the transom and engine.
1986—Previously traded on Nasdaq, Jim Poiry, and his immediate family, purchase the outstanding shares of Harris FloteBote, Inc., and return the company to the private sector.
1987—Harris FloteBote introduces the Royal Heritage, the first boat of any kind with all rotational-molded furniture bases. The Royal is also the first with rounded bow seating setting a styling trend lasting more than a decade.
1987—Harris FloteBote introduces the first aluminum, wood-free transom.
1988—Harris patents an interlocking aluminum extruded deck system.