Industry News

Consisting of builders, dealers, marinas, parts and accessories makers and sellers and the trade groups that serve them, the marine industry is a sprawling and colorful collection of companies and people. From the number and type of boats it sells to its advocacy for the rights of boaters to enjoy their recreation on pollution-free waters, using fuel that doesn't damage their engines, the industry makes news in many ways.

Boat sales see slight gains in August

Outboard fiberglass boats throttled up with a double-digit sales gain in August, but the rest of the recreational boat market struggled to keep up, leaving the market flat overall for the month.

Fiber Pad adds new sales rep

Oklahoma-based Fiber Pad chose William F. Miller & Associates to represent the custom thermoform plastics manufacturer’s product line to OEMs and distributors in the greater South and Midwest.

Marine PR group has new North Carolina office

Laura Burgess Marketing, public relations and marketing communications for the boating and recreational fishing markets, among others, relocated its headquarters to downtown New Bern, N.C.

Company seeks to build boats at Bertram Yachts location

A Commerce, Okla.-based company asked for tax abatement and other financial incentives to move onto the Bertram Yacht property on Merritt Island, Fla., and build 60- to 90-foot Ocean Alexander yachts using vacuum-infusion technology.

Summer sales buoyed boating industry

Trends in key categories continued to be mostly positive during the summer as boat sales made steady gains during another year of recovery for the industry.

Sally Helme (second from right) received the 2014 RIMTA Anchor Award at the Annual Industry Breakfast on Sept. 13 in Newport, R.I. She is shown with U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Brad Read.
PHOTO CREDIT: Billy Black

R.I. trade group honors local marine advocates

Sally Helme, of The Sailing Co. in Middletown, R.I., and Eric Goetz of Goetz Composites in Bristol, R.I., were named the 2014 recipients of the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association Anchor Awards.

Relief fund started for Hurricane Odile victims

Wayne Bisbee, tournament director of Bisbee’s Black & Blue Marlin Tournament, which is held annually off Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, announced a comprehensive aid plan to help the underprivileged residents of Cabo San Lucas recover from Hurricane Odile.

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