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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.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association concluded a trip to Cuba last Friday, just days before President Obama said he would like to see the half-century-old trade embargo with that nation lifted.
The numbers weren’t nearly as large as boatbuilders and dealers typically see at midsummer, but the industry had another strong month in November, posting double-digit sales gains.
Team Vestas Wind skipper Chris Nicholson flew back to a remote Indian Ocean reef to help oversee a complicated operation to retrieve his stranded boat after it was grounded there during the second leg of the Volvo Ocean Race nearly three weeks ago.
The Coast Guard Foundation said Sig Hansen, captain of the F/V Northwestern and star of the Discovery Channel’s “Deadliest Catch,” selected the foundation as his designated charity on NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice.”
Capping off its 25th anniversary this year, Freedom Boat Club hosted its annual National Franchise Conference in early December.
A cargo ship’s chief engineer was convicted by a federal jury in New Orleans on Tuesday of violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships.
U.S. companies applauded the White House announcement Wednesday of plans to lift the 54-year-old trade embargo with Cuba.
Ranger Boats will continue to grow after the Bass Pro Group acquires the company, but there are no plans to expand the plant or relocate operations.
British luxury yacht builder Sunseeker International has cut 240 jobs.
Miami International Boat Show organizers say several concerns raised by the Village of Key Biscayne regarding a plan to bring the show to Miami Marine Stadium in 2016 are already being addressed.