Analyst sees promise in June sales numbers

New preliminary data released Friday by Statistical Surveys confirm a Wells Fargo analyst’s assessment that a sluggish early start to 2014 in boat sales is now showing signs of an uptick.

Brunswick sells its retail bowling business

Brunswick Corp. sold its retail bowling business, reaching an agreement Thursday with Bowlmor AMF for about $270 million of gross proceeds after Bowlmor made an unsolicited bid.

Sportfish fund included in House infrastructure bill

The House approved a short-term fix to the nearly depleted highway trust fund on Tuesday in a 367-55 vote and the measure will move to the Senate with barely two weeks before the Transportation Department could be forced to cut funding for highway projects around the country.

Analyst expects June data to show boat sales gains

Marine lenders say sales in June and early July were higher than expected, tracking upward between 7 and 9 percent and indicating pent-up demand in regions most affected by weather in the early part of 2014.

Inaugural Panama show reports strong attendance

Weekend crowds eager to see the latest boats, yachts and marine gear from leading manufacturers and local dealers surpassed goals set by show organizers and many exhibitors at the inaugural Panama International Boat Show, which took place June 20-22 at Flamenco Marina near downtown Panama City.

Cape Yachts opens Long Island location

Cape Yachts, based in South Dartmouth, Mass., and founded in 1986 by Dave Nolan, opened a new location on Long Island in Port Washington, N.Y., at Brewer Capri Marine.

VIDEO: Fisheries group opposes Obama’s Pacific marine preserve

The Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council came out in opposition of President Obama’s announcement that he will create the world’s largest marine preserve in a swath of the Pacific, closing the area to fishing, energy exploration and other activities.

Hull No. 12 of Westport’s flagship 164-footer was launched this year.

New owners take over at Westport Shipyard

Management at Washington-based Westport Shipyard expects few changes following the yacht builder’s sale to Westport LLC, a group that includes members of the Louisiana-based Chouest family.

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