Sea Fox Boat Company was founded in 1995 by Freddy Renken, a 3rd generation boat manufacturer. In the past 27 years, Freddy and his team have worked hard to keep the family legacy alive with a primary focus on building the best quality boats at a fair price. Our goal at Sea Fox is to build boats with the fishing expert in mind while not sacrificing the comfort for friends and family.
With a combined 65 years of experience in providing customers access to leisure on the water, we aim to produce all the amenities you could possibly need so that you can leave your worries at the dock and escape like a fox.
Meet the Fox Family
Born and raised in Charleston, SC, Freddy Renken’s roots run deep in the boating industry. His family’s involvement in the industry dates back to 1957 when his grandfather, Walter “Palsey” Renken, founded Renken Boat Company. Walter had five children, Walter Jr., Kenneth, Ralph, Carl, and Anne. Each of them ended up having stock in the boat business. Carl (Freddy’s father) decided to buy out the family members in 1987 when the current president, Ralph Renken, retired. Freddy started working at Renken Boats in 1985 when he was 16 years old. His first job there was in the capping department working on deck rigging.
A Porter-Gaud graduate, Freddy left for UNC on a football scholarship and played 2 years and decided to finish school at the College of Charleston and return to the family business. He started full time at Renken in 1990 working in the warehouse and establishing a kitting process for parts being delivered to the assembly line. He spent about one and a half years in the warehouse and then moved into finishing department and soon after became plant manager. Renken boats closed its doors in 1995 and Freddy started Sea Fox that same year as the president and the company is now in its 28th year.
Christina Alvanos Moore, CPA CGMA is the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Sea Fox Boat Company, Inc. She leads all financial strategy, reporting and operations efforts.
Christina was born and raised in Charleston, SC and spent her summers boating. She graduated from James Island High School and then the College of Charleston in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. In 2010, she graduated from The Citadel with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. She started her career in Public Accounting in 2005 and joined Sea Fox in 2017 as the CFO. She brought a background in financial reporting, forecasting, tax planning and budgeting. In her role as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer she is responsible for overseeing all aspects of accounting, administration, and operations. She brings a passion for boating with a background of proven financial leadership and is helping Sea Fox as we continue to grow and mature as a World Class Boat Manufacturer. Her community involvement includes serving as the Treasurer of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charleston. Her and her husband live on James Island with their 2 sons.
After attending Clemson University, Chris joined Sea Fox Boat Company in 2003 and became a partner in 2005. He has served in several roles beginning with warehouse manager and evolving into VP of Plant Operations, and his current role as VP of Engineering. Chris has a professional passion for manufacturing, design engineering, and product development and has a personal passion for fishing and recreational boating. He has great pride in our brand and will continue to strive to build quality boats that exceed our customers’ expectations.
Ryan is a native of the Charleston area who grew up in Isle of Palms, SC, which is where he found his passion for fishing and boat building. He graduated from Wando High School and the College of Charleston with a major in corporate communication and a minor in business administration. He started in the marine industry after graduating college and has been in the industry his entire professional career. Having a background in all aspects of the business from purchasing, quality control, sales, customer service/warranty helps him tremendously when designing a new model.
Our designs are also inspired from personal use of our boats as an avid tournament fisherman and spending time with the family on the water. Traveling and working boat shows all over the country gives him the opportunity to talk with customers and watch what the trends are doing in the marine industry. We pride ourselves of being innovators and developing “industry first” with our boats. Our company is always developing new product to stay ahead of the competition and giving our dealers new and exciting designs to sell.
Born and raised in Charleston, S.C., Harlan graduated from the College of Charleston in 2014. Prior to Sea Fox, Harlan was an educator for the Charleston County School District in Alternative Programs from 2014-2017. She also worked at MUSC helping with their Youth Programs from 2012-2019. Harlan joined Sea Fox in 2020 in the sales and marketing departments as Sales Coordinator and moved into production and operations later that year.
The skill set she acquired in the classroom brought a fresh perspective to a production environment. This allowed her to make positive changes to production flow and empower the employees to build a more elevated product. Sea Fox has ignited a passion in her that she did not know was there. She is humbled and proud to be a fourth-generation boat builder, to work in a place where employees have become family, and to create a product that brings families together on the water is an unmatched opportunity.
Stewart Mitchell is a lifelong outdoor adventurer and enjoys boating, biking, fishing, canoeing, and croquet. He received two degrees from Elon University and has worked at Sea Fox since 2006 in a variety of customer service, production, and sales roles. He likes working with his hands, baking bagels, drinking fresh beer, and visiting new places. Stewart grew up between Boston, MA and Hague, NY and currently resides in Charleston, SC with his wife Julia and three hounds. They are expecting their first child later this year.
Chris Sims is a 30-year veteran in the marine industry. While in school in Panama City, FL, he was recruited to work at Century Boats where he developed a knowledge of lamination, electrical, plumbing, and design. During his time there he went from draftsman to production engineer to engineering manager and became NMMA and ABYC Certified in electrical and boat design. In 2011, Chris joined the Sea Fox team as engineering manager. Since then he has helped with the design and quality of our products and helped us move into larger more sophisticated designs. In his free time, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife, three kids, and granddaughter as well as traveling and camping. He looks forward to introducing his granddaughter to boating and many more years to come at Sea Fox.
Born and raised in Charleston, S.C., Tanner graduated from Wofford College in 2019 with a major in Finance and a minor in Computer Science. She then came home to Charleston where she was able to combine her passions for technology, finance, and helping others working as a Software Engineer for 3 years at Blackbaud, a local company that creates software for non-profits and schools. During her time at Blackbaud, she worked on a team that helped write the new version of their financial software and then moved to a new product development team focused on creating a new total cloud solution.
She joined Sea Fox in 2022 as Director of IT and Marketing. She has always had a love for boating and fishing and as a child dreamed of one day working at the family business. She is excited for this opportunity to combine her love of boating and technology as well as work with her family as a fourth-generation boat builder.
Jason grew up on the water in Charleston and had a boat before a car at age 7. At a young age his father taught him how to fish, and he has been an avid inshore and offshore fisherman since.
He obtained his USCG 100 Ton Near Coastal Captains License in 1999, at 20 years old and has over 10,000 hours in on water experience. Jason graduated from the College of Charleston in 2002 with a degree in Corporate Communications. Before joining the Sea Fox team, he worked at Isle of Palms Marina, Tidal Wave Sports, Moran Tug Boat Company, and Union Marine. Jason has been at Sea Fox for 16 years in various roles and is currently the Director of Customer and Dealer Service. He and Ryan Balderson are childhood friends that grew up together and now build boats together. Jason has two dogs, Jasmine and Marley and lives in Murrells Inlet with his wife, Kristin. He enjoys traveling, snowboarding, and is a brown belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu.
Factory Tour Video
Click play below to join our VP of Sales, Ryan Balderson, as he takes you through the Fox Factory!
We are happy to hear any questions you may have about the factory tour or how we build our boats. Please drop your questions here with your email and a Sea Fox representative will get back to you as soon as possible!
SEA FOX BOATS MEET OR EXCEED UNITED STATES COAST GUARD STANDARDS.
Smart from the start, take a boating education course and get a vessel safety check for your boat. For information, call the United States Coast Guard Auxilliary at 800-368-5647 or visit www.cgaux.org or the United States Power Squadrons at 888-FOR-USPS or visit www.usps.org.
Due to Sea Fox's ongoing commitment to research and product development, we reserve the right to change features, specifications and/or prices without prior notification. Check with your Sea Fox dealer for complete information. Some photos include optional equipment. Specifications and measurements are approximate.