Lobsterman opens second towing port in Mass.

Capt. Clint Allen, a former commercial lobsterman and scalloper, opened his second on-the-water towing port in Massachusetts providing assistance to recreational boaters. TowBoatU.S. Westport, Mass., will be staffed by Capt. John Bevis and is located on the Westport River at Tripps Boatyard. Allen also operates TowBoatU.S. New Bedford. TowBoatU.S. Westport is equipped with a 23-foot…more

People: Roderick Jacobs has joined Expoships LLLP

Roderick Jacobs has joined Expoships LLLP as chief executive officer. Jacobs served as a senior executive with the $20-plus billion Compass Group for more than 15 years. The 43-year-old Dutch native is a graduate of the International University of Hospitality Management at The Hague in the Netherlands. Jacobs’ initial focus will be on the summer…more

R.J. de Recat dies at 81; founder of rep company

Ronald Joseph (Bud) de Recat, a longtime sales representative in the recreational marine industry, died April 25 in Marin County, Calif. He was 81. De Recat founded the manufacturer’s representative company that bore his name in 1958 in San Francisco. The R.J. de Recat  & Co. specialized in sporting goods and marine accessory manufacturers. In…more

Analysts say industry dealing well with pain

Wall Street sees little hope for ’08 recovery,  but likes companies’ long-term positioning The industry’s publicly held companies and the analysts who follow them remain cautious about the remainder of 2008 as most companies continue to report sluggish sales and earnings or, in some cases, higher losses. While international sales partially offset declines in the…more


Pursuing a patent

Trademarking your invention will protect your investment and propel you ahead of your competitors Applying for and obtaining a patent can be one of the most arduous experiences an inventor undertakes. Or it can be a simple and straightforward process. Much depends on the invention and how complex it is, the type of patent and…more

ABC message: Legislative clock is ticking away

In an election year, conventional reasoning teaches that our elected officials in Washington will be so busy campaigning they will have little time to focus on legislative issues. Trouble is, this is anything but a conventional year. And it’s a time when industry leaders have been shouting for congressional action to block various measures deemed…more

ABC enlists lawmakers to fight boat permits

Industry cheered by response, but stresses need for speed as Sept. 30 deadline approaches With a Sept. 30 deadline looming to resolve the national boat permitting issue, attendees at this year’s American Boating Congress heralded this as the top priority for the boating industry. About 150 people attended a panel discussion on the subject April…more

Marketing & Media: Walker Agency is selected to promote has tapped the Walker Agency, based in Scottsdale, Ariz., to promote its services and features to the powerboat and sail communities. The Walker Agency specializes in marketing and public relations programs and promotions for marine, automotive and outdoor recreation clients., headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla., is an online marine navigation service. The company…more

JoAnn W. Goddard: A colleague and a friend

JoAnn W. Goddard was an intrepid journalist who channeled her talents into reporting fairly and accurately on the marine industry. Even in the most hectic of circumstances, she remained calm and composed.  Crossing the Bar Sunset and evening star,And one clear call for me!And may there be no moaning of the bar,When I put out…more

GE Money opts out of consumer boat, RV loans

GE Money’s sales finance unit is discontinuing its consumer finance programs in the marine and RV markets. “This was an extremely difficult decision for GE Money, but one that we believe is the right operational adjustment for this environment,” the company said in a statement. “GE Money seeks to invest in markets where it can…more

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