Midland Marine open a new facility in Nottingham

Midland Marine UK Ltd, Tigé UK, would like to announce that due to increased demand for product, parts, and service, it is to open a new facility in Nottingham. Managing Director Mick McCafferty stated that business has grown considerably over the last four years and our new facility will improve our service to both existing and new customers. Our head office will remain the same as will our contact details. He went on to say that he looks forward to the company’s increased growth for the future and will continue to offer technical advice to anyone needing help.

Mick McCafferty (Managing Director)


2005 Tigé Dealer Meeting

Midland Marine UK Ltd has won for the third year in a row the Tigé European Dealer of the Year award.

Managing Director Mick McCafferty said; “It's a good feeling to know we are going in the right direction and continuing to increase our market share along with the guys in the US. The 2005 season should open even more doors for us with the new graphic, upholstery and tower package”.

The boats this year created a lot of interest at the Expo show in Orlando, Florida. Midland Marine has already sold three 05 models with more boats on order for the new season. 05 Switch models will again be limited with Tigé production slots filling fast - so early ordering is accentual if anyone is looking to get one for 05.

McCafferty went on to congratulate Chris McCafferty on his promotion to National Sales Manager for Tigé US and thanked the entire Tigé team for a well presented product line for the 2005 Dealer meeting, held in Houston, Texas during September 04. Mick McCafferty said; “I know, with the boats looking so good and with a quality second to none, we can only go forward in to the 05 season with confidence”.


2004 Tigé U.S. Open begins in Hawaii


Sunday’s Unique Head-to-Head Competition Will Determine Champion

KAUAI, HAWAII – November 13, 2004 – Competition at the 2004 Tigé U.S. OPEN kicked off Saturday, November 13, on the Wailua River at the Wailua River State Park in beautiful, Kauai, Hawaii. With one of the world’s most exotic settings as a backdrop, the innovative format promised lots of riding and excitement for the top wakeboarders in the world as the competition builds to a head-to-head elimination format on Sunday afternoon. The ’04 Tigé U.S. OPEN is the first-ever wakeboarding event to institute a head-to-head, rider bracket system of elimination. Eventually, a two-man battle will determine the ’04 Tigé U.S. OPEN Champion.

The day began with 28 riders in the Pro Men division competing behind the Tigé 20V for the $5,000 first-place prize. Eight invited riders received a qualifying round bye. Parks Bonifay, Tino Santori, Erik Ruck, Brett Eisenhauer, Daniel Watkins, Danny Harf, Chad Sharpe and Jeff Weatherall looked on Saturday morning as the other 20 pro and amateur riders battled for a spot in Saturday afternoon’s semifinal round. Shane Bonifay, Darin Shapiro, Rusty Malinoski, Keith Lyman, Trevor Hansen, Keith Lidberg, Andrew Adkison and Chris Law emerged as the top two men in each of their respective heats Saturday morning.

After a short rain delay and with light drizzle still falling, the 16 remaining riders, who will all receive part of the $25,000 purse, hit the water in the afternoon in a round to determine seeding on Sunday. The top riders in the four heats moved on to Sunday afternoon’s head-to-head finals. The remaining 12 wakeboarders will compete on Sunday morning in a last-chance-qualify round for four spots in the head-to-head format final. Shapiro, Watkins, Hansen and Adkison, who had the round’s top score at 81.67, won the four semifinal heats and will have the benefit of watching Sunday morning.

In the Pro Women Division, Dallas Friday edged out Amber Wing and Lauren Loe with a score of 79.43. Jeff House topped Rob Jacques, Danny Thollander and Kristian Kastari in first round action of the Junior Men division. All eight competitors in the Pro Women and all four riders in the Junior Men division will ride again tomorrow to determine their respective ’04 Tigé U.S. OPEN champions.

The ’04 Tigé U.S. OPEN is the first-ever wakeboarding event to be filmed in high definition (HDTV). Check tige.com for a listing of future tape-delayed broadcasts.

Tigé Boats Inc. manufactures eight direct drive and sport V inboard models ranging from 20 to 24 feet in length and all are backed by the Tigé LifePlus Lifetime Replacement Warranty. Each boat features the patented ConvexV hull and TAPS2 technology. Tigé has more than 80 dealers in 10 countries.

Additional promotional support for the ’04 Tigé U.S. OPEN has been provided by Apple Vacations, Hawaiian Airlines, The Radisson Kauai Beach Resort, Liquid Mountain apparel and the island of Kauai. The ’04 Tigé U.S. OPEN is sanctioned by the American Wakeboard Association.

For more information, please contact media relations coordinator Dustin Clark at (325) 864-9274 or dclark@tige.com


New Tigé headquarters and manufacturing facility

Please find below details of the new Tigé plant due to open in November.

We are hoping to arrange a plant tour for all our Tigé customers when the new plant opens. It is hoped that we can subsidise this and put a package together to give our customers and prospective buyers the opportunity to see for themselves what makes Tigé boats so unique.

Whilst this is in the early stages we would appreciate your interest and look forward to giving you a lifetime experience of seeing the product being built, meet the people that make it work, and trying the whole range of Tigé products at first hand. If you are interested then please contact us. Alternatively, if you would like a test drive or wish to discuss what makes our boats leaders in technology and versatility we will be very happy to oblige.

Mick McCafferty

TO: Tigé Dealers
FROM: Charlie Pigeon
DATE: February 2, 2005
SUBJECT: New Tigé Plant Groundbreaking

Dear Tigé Dealers:

I’m very pleased to announce that after months of planning, construction has finally begun on the new Tigé headquarters and manufacturing facility in Abilene.

A formal groundbreaking ceremony will be held Thursday at the 40-acre site where grading and preliminary foundation work began January 17. When completed, the new Tigé headquarters will include a 105,000 square-foot manufacturing plant and office facility adjacent to Abilene Regional Airport. The new plant and corporate headquarters are scheduled for completion in November 2005.

The manufacturing facility features a linear design to boost production efficiency and product quality throughout the boat-building process. Designed to begin and finish one boat per hour, the new plant will effectively triple Tigé’s current production capacity.

The plans feature a 12,000 square-foot contemporary style corporate office complex and an adjoining 18,000 square-foot product development and engineering facility. This expanded research and development area will further enhance our ability to develop cutting edge technology and innovative design.

Our complex has also been designed with visitors in mind. Plant tours will be safer, more informative and very impressive for customers, dealers and other visitors. A portion of the hallways in the manufacturing facility are built with large glass windows, so Tigé can showcase its new factory while maximizing comfort, safety and enjoyment for all visitors. We will also have a fully equipped conference center that can be used for training and other activities.

In addition to the 40-acre site, another 100 acres surrounding the manufacturing facility will allow expansion opportunities for Tigé and any of its suppliers who are interested in building regional satellites to support the plant.

Everyone at Tigé is pumped about the start of construction and looking forward to moving into the new facility later this year. This is truly a milestone in the history of our company and the beginning of an exciting new era for Tigé.


Charlie Pigeon President, Tigé Boats, Inc.


Appointment of a Chief Electronics Technician.

Midland Marine UK Ltd would like to announce the appointment of Mr Ian Wesley as the company’s Chief Electronics Technician.

“Specialising in diagnostics and repair, Ian brings a wealth of expertise to our company and is highly knowledgeable in respect of electronics and the engine management systems increasingly being used within the marine industry” said Mick McCafferty, Managing Director of Midland Marine. He continued, “Wesley has a good all round knowledge of our product range and, through a hands-on approach, will be ready to provide technical support and advice to all our customers”.

Midland Marine has diagnostic equipment for Mercruiser, Marine Power, PCM, Indmar, Volvo, GM, Marine Power, Yanmar and Yamaha engines to name but a few.

Midland Marine UK Limited is the UK distributor and European coordinator for Tigé Precision Water Sports Boats and also supplies quality pre owned boats to its customer base. The company is an authorised agent for Mercruiser and Marine Power and carries parts for most other major manufacturers’ products.

For further information please contact us.


Midland Marine sponsors Danny Fox.

Midland Marine UK Limited is pleased to announce that Danny Fox has joined Team Tigé as a sponsored rider. Danny, who is from Nottingham and trains at the Tattishall Water Sports Club, took delivery of a brand new 2005 Tigé 20V Rider edition earlier this year.

Danny said that he was extremely proud to be given the opportunity to become a sponsored rider and hoped to represent Midland Marine Tigé UK at local and national events during the 2005 season and beyond. He went on to say that this was his second Tigé and the new 20V had significantly improved his wakeboarding skills.

Managing Director Mick McCafferty stated that he was pleased to be able to help up and coming young riders in a sport that is continuing to develop both in this country and throughout the World. Mick continued, “Fox has great potential and we wish him all the best for his future”.

If you would like to find out more about Tigé boats, or the range of specialist services which Midland Marine is able to provide, please contact us.


Midland Marine UK Ltd sponsors Miss Derby 2006.

Midland Marine UK Ltd is pleased to announce that it will be sponsoring Miss Danica Thrall, the recently crowned Miss Derby 2006, for the forthcoming season.

This highly regarded title was contested by hundreds of applicants and automatically enters Danica into to the even more prestigious Miss England contest.

Managing director Mick McCafferty said; “It’s a real pleasure to sponsor such a pretty young lady with such an extraordinarily bubbly personality. Danica will help promote our company through representation at all our commercial ventures, demonstrations and photo shoots”.

Danica said that she is proud to have been asked to represent Midland Marine UK Ltd and is excited to get to work and help out wherever she can. Danica went on to say; “Tigé boats are the best looking boats I have seen and I’m looking forward to both riding in and behind them very soon”.

If you would like to find out more about Tigé boats, or the range of specialist services which Midland Marine is able to provide, please contact us.