An industry where technology is king

Soundings Trade Only sat down for a Q&A session with Graeme Solloway, director of the Marine High-Impact Program at New Zealand Trade & Enterprise. Here, he talks about the boating industry’s emphasis on “reinvention” and the importance of technology to that strategy. Q: What are the priorities of New Zealand Trade & Enterprise promoting the…more


On Connectivity

Kevin Hutchinson wants to improve the way boatbuilders and technicians connect, communicate and collaborate. The 49-year-old CEO of My-Villages, a technology company he founded in 2011 to help achieve that goal, got the idea for his company from a concept that helped connect health care and prescription systems in the United States. He has served…more

For the Record: Boating deaths dipped to a record low in 2012

The Coast Guard says boating fatalities last year totaled 651, the lowest number on record. In its 2012 Recreational Boating Statistics, the agency says the 651 deaths represent a decline of 14.1 percent from the 758 fatalities recorded in 2011. There were 3,000 injuries last year, down 2.6 percent from 3,081 the previous year. The…more


Movers and Shakers

MarineMax named Josie Tucci vice president of marketing and promoted Bentley Hodge to base manager at the company’s charter base in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. Tucci joined MarineMax in August and quickly built a marketing team to support the company’s national retail network of more than 50 stores and diverse business units. “Brand management, direct…more


Q&A with Lou Sandoval, co-founder/co-owner of Karma Yacht Sales

Lou Sandoval is co-founder/co-owner of Karma Yacht Sales, the Lake Michigan Beneteau dealership based in Chicago. It’s a full-service dealership offering new-boat sales, brokerage and service. Sandoval, 48, is on the board of the Yacht Brokers Association of America and he is vice chairman of the diversity committee of the Recreational Boating Leadership Council. He…more


Leadership Council reviews growth plans

The long-term growth of the industry remains the No. 1 focus of the Recreational Boating Leadership Council. The group met the day before ABC got under way to discuss six key initiatives that a 2011 Growth Summit identified as critical to the future health of the industry. The leadership council was created during a series…more


Coming-out party for Boating PAC

Gala on the eve of the 2014 Miami shows figures to raise the industry’s profile on Capitol Hill There hasn’t been much fanfare regarding the Boating Political Action Committee, but next February’s Blue & White Ball in Miami could change that. “People will be talking about this party for years as being the first one…more


For the Record: Testing progresses on Nordhavn 120

The Nordhavn 120 completed a crucial step when it was launched into the test tank at South Coast Marine in Xiamen, China, in late April — on track for delivery this summer to a customer in western Canada. “She floats perfectly,” said Dan Streech, president of Nordhavn’s parent company, Pacific Asian Enterprises, in a statement…more


Movers and Shakers

Tim Bell was named export sales manager for Seaguard Italanodi, a marine anode maker that is now a master distributor for Canada Metal (Pacific) Ltd. Bell’s responsibilities are in addition to his current role as sales and marketing manager Europe for Octopus Products’ autopilot drives, which Canada Metal makes. Seaguard Italanodi, established in 1972, specializes…more

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