Two TowBoatU.S.bases under new ownership

TowBoatU.S. has announced new owners for its Charleston, S.C., and Port Canaveral, Fla., operations. Capt. John “Steve” Little, and wife, Marisa, have purchased TowBoatU.S. Charleston. Little purchased the port from his former employers, Capt. Joe and Cora Beasenburg, who have retired from the business. TowBoatU.S. Charleston is equipped with five response vessels from 15 to…more

Industry grapples with fuel tank mandate

EPA wants evaporative emissions cut, but some believe the changes are too much, too soon A new set of Environmental Protection Agency guidelines expected to pass this summer will likely change the fuel system on all boats, which could reduce tank capacity. Legislation seeking to reduce evaporative fuel tank emissions could require boatbuilders who install…more

For The Record

ACQUISITIONS Huntington “Hunt” James has purchased a controlling interest in McKee Craft Boats and is now its president and CEO. James is a former minority owner of the company. No purchase price was disclosed. “I look forward to continuing the great tradition of unsinkable boat construction that has led over 30,000 recreational, government and commercial…more

Dockominiums prices ‘reasonable’ in a bear market

Though dockominiums have slipped in value in the real estate slump, buying a slip still can make sense for the boater who expects to keep it for a long time, says real estate broker Marty Laven. “It’s still a good idea to look long-term and analyze the care and feeding of your vessel …” says…more


Dockominium trend defies weak market

More marinas offer slip ownership at a time when demand appears to be tapering off A recent survey by Applied Technology & Management, an environmental and engineering consulting firm, showed a majority of respondents either have or are considering at least some dockominiums or rackominiums at their marinas. But industry experts say the difficult housing…more

Institute is now offering free counseling service

Northeast Maritime Institute offers a new career and license counseling service to people interested in pursuing a maritime career. Andrew A. Hammond, a 14-year veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard Regional Exam Center in Boston, will join the institute’s Fairhaven, Mass., campus every other Wednesday to meet with mariners. He will guide them through the…more

Yamaha alters branding of marine care products

Yamaha Marine Group has put its marine care products under the Yamalube brand. Products affected include fuel additives, adhesives and lubricants, which will now bear the name Yamalube. With the change comes color-coded packaging designed to improve the customer’s ability to choose the correct product for the job at hand. Yamaha is creating and launching…more

Gander Mountain reports first-quarter loss

Gander Mountain Co., which sells boating, hunting, fishing and outdoor lifestyle products and services, reported a net loss for the first quarter ending May 3 of $24.4 million, or $1.02 per share. The company reported sales of $207.7 million for the quarter ending May 3, an increase of 18.2 percent over the prior year period.…more

Dr. Shrink Web site undergoes redesign

Dr. Shrink redesigned its Web site to make it more user friendly. The site — — now offers a greater amount of information and tips, making ordering and installing premium shrinkwrap and accessories effortless for the consumer. The site has a featured products link highlighting specials 12 times a year. An e-newsletter gives viewers…more

Native Mississippian returns to open port

Capt. Jack Miller opened TowBoatU.S. Pass Christian, located at Pass Christian Municipal Harbor in Mississippi.  A native of Long Beach, Miss., Miller returned to his home state after a 15-year absence to open the new TowBoatU.S. port. He has held a U.S. Coast Guard license since 1985. TowBoatU.S. Christian Pass is equipped with a 25-foot…more

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