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.


Wake Tractor adds 30-plus dealers since launch

Dealer reception to the Wake Tractor — a new surf brand built by industry veteran John Dorton and his son, Ben — has taken off since the brand made its industry debut at Surf Expo in September, with 19 domestic dealers already signed and 12 internationally.

Bennington Marine closes deal for Nautic Global Group

Pontoon manufacturer Bennington Marine announced today that it completed the acquisition of the brands and “certain assets” of Nautic Global Group LLC and is assuring dealers and customers that all of the brands will continue to function independently.

President Obama designates new marine sanctuaries

At the second annual Our Ocean conference, which opened Monday in Chile, world leaders are addressing challenges to marine ecosystems around the globe and announcing extra steps they are taking to protect the world’s oceans.

ABYC announces personnel moves

The American Boat and Yacht Council added two new full-time employees — technical standards specialist David Broadbent and lead instructor and chapter development manager Kevin Ritz.

Pacific Rim trade deal faces scrutiny in Congress

The United States, Japan and 10 other Pacific Rim nations reached a final agreement on the largest regional trade accord in history, but the deal faces an uphill battle getting the go-ahead from Congress.

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