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About Us

If you are a marine manufacturer seeking generic boat manuals, customized owner manuals or any other boat books, you've come to the right place!

Ken Cook History

Ken Cook Co. prides itself on serving as a single-source provider of innovative services for our customers seeking unique solutions to their challenges with print, training, and creative projects.

We are a privately-held, innovative company with a solid, 75-year reputation. An ISO 9001:2000 certified company and Ford Tier 1 supplier, Ken Cook Co. serves construction, agricultural, manufacturing, automotive, and marine industries.

Ken Cook Co. employs a staff of skilled professionals, maintains two facilities and has the technology-driven methodologies and equipment to develop and produce a complete range of product support documentation.

Marine industry examples include: generic boat manuals and customized boating manuals, manufacturer boat owner manuals and customized owner manuals, outboard repair manuals and boat repair manuals. From boat books and marine manuals to marine engine and parts manuals, Ken Cook sets the standard for world class owner manuals.

We create customized installation, operation, service and parts manuals, as well as safety-training programs for manufacturers. Additional services include replication, packaging and distribution of product information for use by consumers, dealers, distributors and corporate employees. Delivery methods include printed manuals, CDs, DVDs, video, interactive e-learning, custom programming applications, e-commerce sites and literature fulfillment services.

Marine History

Ken Cook Co. originally developed owner manuals for boat and marine manufacturers as a direct result of individual sales agreements. Over time, it was recognized that generic boat manuals could be utilized and prepared for the domestic boat manufacturing industry. As this market grew, it was also observed that generic manuals with translations could be developed for customers that export to European countries. With a successful track record for developing boat books such as: marine engine and parts manuals, outboard repair manuals, boating manuals and both generic boat manuals and customized owner manuals, Ken Cook Co.'s world class owner manuals continue to fulfill the needs of a wide range of marine customers and boat types.

Association Memberships

Working in collaboration with the organizations listed below has provided Ken Cook Co. with the ability to define, address and influence the important issues facing marine manufacturers today. Association memberships are essential for keeping up-to-date on new legislation affecting our partner companies and for addressing the latest developments within the industry.

Creating World Class Owner Manuals requires the support and collaboration of many individuals. All of Ken Cook Co. boat books and marine manuals reflect the latest information on safety and other emerging issues that affect marine manufacturers, marine retailers, boat owners and the marine industry as a whole.

Ken Cook Co. is proud of its membership and support of the following organizations:

ABYC: American Boat & Yacht Council is a not-for-profit membership organization that has been developing and updating the safety standards for boat building and repair for over 50 years. ABYC is actively involved with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and is a leader in education for the marine industry, as well as certification programs for marine technicians.

NMMA: The National Marine Manufacturers Association was formed in 1979 through a merger between the Boating Industry Association of Chicago (BIA) and the National Association of Engine & Boat Manufacturers of New York (NAEBM). Roots of this non-profit Association can be traced to 1904 when NAEBM was founded. An estimated 80 percent of marine products used in North America are produced by NMMA members.

WSIA: The Water Sports Industry Association provides visionary leadership to increase participation in water sports and to supply members with education and legislative action. WSIA committees found agencies to test product standards and developed the warning labels and owner's manuals that the watersports industry still uses today.

NASM: National Association of Service Managers is the oldest professional nonprofit association of product service executives in the United States, founded when service techniques were just beginning to be highly recognized as a sales and marketing tool. NASM is dedicated to providing professional leadership and education to the service executive, while developing their managerial expertise in the business and organizations that they represent.

STC: The Society for Technical Communication seeks to advance the arts and sciences of technical communication, promote awareness of the latest trends and technology in the field, and provide innovative services for the education and professional development of its members.

Owner Manual Development

Ken Cook Co. is a leader in the development, management and distribution of technical content for marine manufacturers around the world. Our team of experienced technical writers has the expertise to produce a variety of manuals, including service manuals, owner/operator manuals, technical bulletins and parts catalogs. All of our products are written to effectively communicate with your users, enhance your brand image and increase your ability to provide what your dealers, distributors and end users need.

We work with you to ensure clear and up-to-date product and safety information is included in your documentation. Let us analyze your information to develop a total concept to increase customer satisfaction and improve your content. Ken Cook Co.'s technical writers are versatile and skilled, with the knowledge and backgrounds to meet your needs.

Ken Cook Co. Helps You to:

  • Enhance your brand image
  • Enhance your customer support programs
  • Improve your customer satisfaction
  • Enhance product usability
  • Identify potential safety issues and suggest options
  • Apply appropriate standards for U.S. and international markets

Contact us today to discuss how our Technical Writing and Desktop Publishing capabilities can serve you!

World Class Owner Manual Program

Ken Cook Co.'s World Class Owner Manual Program is ideal for boat manufacturers who want to provide a company-specific, comprehensive manual to their consumers.

Choose the Option That Meets Your Needs:

Create and include your custom cover

  • Supply artwork or let us design for you

Add your product information to our generic manuals

  • Our info is automatically updated per current standards

Produce a complete manual specific to your boats

  • We can create a custom manual for each of your products