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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.
U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Fla., and Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization director Greg Stuart vowed that they will not put the marine industry at risk at a meeting last week with stakeholders in All Aboard Florida.
Marine Products Corp., the parent company of Chaparral, Robalo and Vortex jetboats, attributed a 24 percent hike in second-quarter net sales to higher unit sales of Vortex jetboats, Robalo outboard sportfishing boats and Chaparral SunCoast Sportdeck outboards.
Vitruvius Yachts said its new 262-foot motoryacht will be built by Turquoise Yachts.
Sylvan “Ham” Hamberger, who worked in leadership positions at Mercury Marine, Boston Whaler, Yamaha and Tracker Marine during a 40-year career in the industry, died Friday in Palm Desert, Calif. He was 88.
The first recreational boat to legally cruise once-forbidden Cuban waters with U.S. citizens aboard could well be a yacht between 60 and 300 feet LOA, chartered through Paul Madden Associates of Palm Beach.
Rob Miltz, chief operating officer of Western Branch Diesel in Portsmouth, Va., and a 40-year industry veteran, died July 8 of complications from a medical procedure. He was 63.
The Coast Guard says it found the boat belonging to two 14-year-old boys who disappeared off Florida’s coast during a fishing trip on Friday.
The Federal Reserve is holding its fifth meeting of the year today and Wednesday and, although Fed watchers don’t expect a rate increase, they’ll be scrutinizing the central bank’s statement to see whether the Fed is sending subtle signals about a move that could come in the fall.
AFTCO was established in 1958 in Newport Beach, Calif., as the American Fishing Tackle Co. by J.C. Axelson, a pioneer in big-game tackle development. In 1973, Milt and Peggie Shedd acquired the business and oversaw its evolution into a brand that focuses on conservation as well as big-game angling.
Not altogether uncommon, my path to the marine industry required a major mid-career job change when I was 30.