MB History from brochure
The Brendel family has been building custom boats since 1950. Everyday their goal is to build the best
boat possible. Their staff is on the water everyday pushing the limits and demanding more out of every
boat they produce to ensure that MB leads the industry in quality, value and pride of ownership.
The first MB Sports boat, August of 1993. Built by Mike and Irv Brendel along with a few trusted partners.
This boat was nicknamed "Kermit" because the gelcoat came out such a bright green. It was built at a
friend’s farm near Merced and then Irv, Mike and Mike father-in-law; Delbert Briscoe towed it across the
country for the WaterSki magazine test. 1993 saw the introduction of the signature series boats from MB.
1994. At this point in time MB was still a very small, very family-run business with Caren doing all the
paperwork and answering the phones from a desk right on the factory floor, and Mike and his father Irv
worked side by side, day and night with a few other artisans building boats by hand.
MB story via Aqua Sports Marine
Irv Brendel starting building flat bottom drag boats back in the late 1950’s. The drag boats were called
Hondo & Brendella. These boats were world renowned for their quality, performance and setting world
records. Mike Brendel started working with Irv and actually starting racing the boats.
After some time the hotboat market went flat and the ski boat market started picking up steam. Mike
also an avid water-skier, approached Irv and said I think we can build a great ski boat with all of the
knowledge we have in boat building. Irv responded that it was a great idea but that they would need
investors to get things rolling. Mike took it upon himself to secure investors and started Ski Brendella.
After many successful years, Ski Bredella was one of the top Ski Boat manufactures through the 80’s. It
was at this time, The investors went to Mike and wanted to change some of the suppliers, building
methods and production to increase profit. Mike was not on board with this at all! His response was that
my family name is on the side of these boats! I do not want to go away from the low production, extreme
high quality that I am known for. The relationship fell apart and Mike sold all of the molds and equipment
to the investors but kept the right to use his name. As he left, he told them that he will prove that a low
volume, high quality custom boat can be built and be a profitable. This is where MB Boats was started.
MB Mission Statement
By God’s grace, maintain a dynamic, growing business with a Christian impact by developing, marketing
and manufacturing quality products, which perform as they should and enrich the lives of those who use
them throughout the world.