- Fiat owns Ferrari and Maserati
There's been some consolidation in the sailboat business but it's a different game.
FCA, (FIAT-Chrysler Automobiles), still owns Maserati; Ferrari was spun off a few months back and trades on the NYSE as "RACE".
The Ferrari and Agnelli Families between them own ~35% of the Company outright, and control just over 50% of the voting Shares.
Ferrari is independent again.
Maserati is questionable; Ferrari supplied them Engineering as well as Engines; FCA has stated that they wish to align Maserati with Alfa Romeo in the future, and they may possibly merge the brands. (Makes sense: There are all these new Alfa Romeo dealerships popping up in the US...)
Beneteau is an interesting example of Consolidation- they now do Sail, Power, and... Real Estate and Vacation Homes? There is a Trend there, but I don't see Beneteau getting into the Exotic Vacation Car Market anytime soon.
(I did once own a Citroen SM, the one with the Maserati V6 Engine, with the dodgy Timing Chains. Lovely car, and for me, very reliable. The _Best_ front seats of any car that I've ever owned. But Italian/French marriages rarely go well... and that union nearly killed both companies.)
Consolidation isn't just about merging Brands, it's about expanding markets. What Market does Island Packet appeal to? If say Catalina was just _given_ Island Packet, lock, stock, and moldy barrel, would they continue on?
I don't see Island Packet viable as an independent company either; even Wikipedia has written them off. And even among Sailing Nuts, they don't have the cachet of a Ferrari, which is bad, since new ones commanded Ferrari prices.
But just as "Island Packet" grew out of the remains of the humble "Bombay Express", somebody may buy the molds and the "IP" of IP, and make something New again. Something New enough that People will want enough, to pay the price, once again.
It's happened before...