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.

Lawsuit alleges Dometic sold defective refrigerators

Hagens Berman, a group that has leveraged successful class-action litigation against giants such as Philip Morris and is taking on Volkswagen for its role in the emissions controversy, filed a class-action suit against Dometic Corp. on April 21, saying the company sold defective refrigerators that can spontaneously ignite on boats and RVs.

Industry mourns former Cobia and Robalo owner

Edward Noah Atchley, former co-owner of Cobia Boats and later owner of Robalo Boats, died April 19 in Houston after battling lung cancer for a year and succumbing to pneumonia. He was 81.

Maryland trade group offers training session

Members of the Marine Trades Industry Partnership are hosting 30 young adults at a weekend immersion training session Friday through Sunday as an introduction to careers in the recreational boating industry in Maryland.

Marine Products Corp. reports 1Q results

Chaparral and Robalo parent company Marine Products Corp. said today that it posted a 25.7 percent increase in net sales for the first quarter, due in part to a 36.7 percent leap in unit sales that the company is attributing to popularity among its smaller models.

Senators back industry voices for Magnuson-Stevens action

Five U.S. senators recently sent a letter to the leaders of the Senate Commerce Committee, asking that the recreational fishing community’s priorities be represented in the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the document that governs saltwater fishing guidelines and restrictions.

MyTaskit joins MRAA

Software service provider MyTaskit joined the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas as a partner member.

BoatUS offers online safety course in Virginia

Starting July 1, all Virginia operators of motorboats over 10 hp and personal watercraft will be required to comply with a 2007 state law by taking a boating safety education course.

NMMA report touts positive trends for boat sales

Retail sales of nearly all powerboat categories are growing on both an annual and quarterly basis, with the exception of sterndrive boats, and powerboat sales were up 6.8 percent in 2015, compared with the previous year.

Twin Disc reports 3Q results

Twin Disc said today that fiscal third-quarter sales declined to $41.4 million from $60.9 million in the same period last year.

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