Benetti reports on possible cause of megayacht fire

In light of a fire on a 183-foot yacht in the final stages of construction in its Livorno boatyard, Benetti said it has taken measures to avoid any other “extreme” problems. “The sense of responsibility and the passion of the Benetti team will make us [learn] from such an extreme case and reinforce the team…more

MRAA Educational Foundation names Liz Walz executive director

Liz Walz has been named executive director of the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas’ Educational Foundation, a non-profit corporation created in 2004 to provide the recreational marine trades with financial support for education, training and professional development. “We see an opportunity to infuse the foundation with some fresh ideas and direction,” MRAA Educational Foundation…more

Sail America plans industry meeting during Annapolis show

Sail America has scheduled an industry meeting on Oct. 11 from 7:45 to 9:15 a.m. at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Annapolis, Md. Sponsored by Annapolis Boat Shows, the meeting will take place during the U.S. Sailboat Show. It is open to all sailing industry professionals at no charge. The meeting will include presentations on…more

Agencies remapping East Coast areas Sandy damaged

Three federal agencies have announced plans for remapping parts of the East Coast where Hurricane Sandy altered seafloors and shorelines last year. NOAA, the U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are using emergency supplemental funds that Congress provided to survey coastal waters and shorelines, acquiring data that will update East Coast…more

Indiana in-water show opens today

The Michigan City (Ind.) In-Water Boat Show opens today at Washington Park Marina, and organizers say it will feature millions of dollars’ worth of new boats from national manufacturers and local dealers. Sponsored by Progressive Insurance and produced by the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association, the show has been held for more than 30 years…more

Sea Tow operator plans custom towboat

Sea Tow Services International is holding a 30th Anniversary Boat Building Project this summer at the Sea Tow Treasure Coast location in Jensen Beach, Fla. Capt. Ryan Pratt of Sea Tow Treasure Coast is building his own custom 24-foot Sea Tow vessel at his facility. “I build out every one of my boats myself, with…more

Smartphone app alerts boaters to manatee speed zones

A new app has been designed to help prevent boaters from hitting manatees in Florida waterways. A Florida-based corporation, EarthNC, through its conservation venture Conserve.IO, has teamed with the Save the Manatee Club to create the free Manatee Alert App. The smartphone-based app displays instructive visual alerts, notifying boaters when they are approaching manatee speed…more

Mercury unveils new 8.6-liter sterndrive

Mercury Marine today announced the introduction of an 8.6-liter sterndrive — the Mercury Racing 520 — that bridges the gap between two of its other 8.2-liter engines, the 430-hp MerCruiser for recreational boats and the 525-hp Mercury Racing engine. Backed by a 2-year warranty, the 520 uses the same cylinder block as its two siblings,…more

Boat sales mixed in June

When boat sales rebounded in May, some industry observers hoped it was a sign of a late-blooming spring selling season that would extend into early summer. From that perspective, the mixed June results that Statistical Surveys reported today were disappointing. Sales in the main powerboat segments rose a modest 1.8 percent, or 173 boats, to…more

GOST system alerts owner and prevents sinking

A new 34-foot center console with triple Yamaha F300s that was equipped with a GOST NT-Evolution 2.0 wireless security and monitoring system was saved from sinking at a dock in the Bahamas recently when the GOST system’s high-water sensor alerted the owner to high water in the bilge. The system included the GOST Wireless Water…more

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