Advocates deny link to spike in fuel prices

Proponents of corn-based ethanol say corn and ethanol supplies are in good shape, and point to other causes for the increase in food prices. They cite skyrocketing oil prices; droughts and adverse weather in Australia, China and other regions; increasing middle-class demand for grain in emerging economies; commodity speculation; and declining value of the dollar.…more

The enigma of ethanol

Critics claim the corn-based  oxygenate is a huge problem masquerading as a solution When the federal government mandated increasing the use of alternative fuel sources in the nation’s gasoline supply — mainly corn-based ethanol — it was heralded as the best possible solution for several major issues. Proponents said it would reduce America’s dependence on…more


Fuel additives: boating’s hot new market

Companies race to deliver protection against today’s engine-clogging formulations Many of the specially blended fuels on the market today, combined with the harsh marine environment, are causing a myriad of problems for boat engines — from clogged fuel filters to higher bacterial growth and lower fuel economy. Automobile-grade additives just aren’t passing muster when it…more


Boat business is picking up on Lake Powell

The heaviest snow pack since 1999 has water levels high and marina operators reaping the benefits While boaters and marine-related businesses deal with flooding or droughts in many parts of the country, boating is the best it’s been in years on one of the largest man-made lakes in the nation. Thanks to the heaviest snowpack…more


Pat Cunningham, ex-Tiara, Bertram exec, dead at 65

Funeral services were held June 13 in Holland, Mich., for Patrick Daniel Cunningham, a retired Tiara Yachts sales executive and one-time president of Bertram Yachts.   Cunningham, who was 65, died June 9 in the Cardiovascular Center at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor after a 10-year struggle with heart disease. Cunningham, a…more


Hell’s Bay and former employee join forces

Merger of fishing boat companies will boost manufacturing process for Titusville, Fla., business The recent merger between Gordon Boatworks and Hell’s Bay Boatworks paves the way for stronger customer service and eliminates unnecessary competition, said the leaders of these two shallow-water fishing companies. His business acumen and Tom Gordon’s boatbuilding expertise complemented each other well,…more

EPA boater permit plan draws skepticism

Devil may be in the details, say industry leaders, citing provision that would let states levy fees At first glance, the permit system proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Water Act may seem fairly simple for the average boater to follow. There’s no permit fee. Boaters do not have to apply…more

People: Colonna named Cook CEO

Paul H. Colonna was named CEO of Cook Composites and Polymers effective July 1. He succeeds Charles E. Bennett, CEO since February 1998, who has announced his retirement. Colonna, 47, has more than 20 years of experience as a business management professional, including a tenure as vice president of composites with CCP, which he has…more

Chesapeake sailing gallery posted online by SpinSheet

SpinSheet, the Annapolis, Md.-based sailing magazine, has launched an online gallery of downloadable photos of Chesapeake Bay sailing events on its Web site at SpinSheet intends to incorporate photos from major regatta and non-racing events all over the Bay as the season progresses. “Every month, SpinSheet readers request copies of photos we’ve printed in…more

Maine school offering marine systems degree

The Landing School in Arundel, Maine is developing an associate’s degree program in marine systems technology. “The advances being made in marine systems technology every day are extraordinary,” said Barry Acker, president of The Landing School, in a statement. “Our associate’s degree program will produce systems technicians who will be able to understand and further…more

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