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.

Railroad posts tender at Fort Lauderdale drawbridge

FORT LAUDERDALE — Good news for boaters who pass under the railroad drawbridge over Fort Lauderdale’s New River: The Florida East Coast Railway bridge now has a full-time tender who can communicate with boaters via VHF channels 9 and 16, and by telephone at 305-889-5572.

Aquila 44 order set for Australia

Australian brokerage Multihull Central said the first Aquila power catamaran that will be delivered to Australia was sold at the Palm Beach International Boat Show in Florida in March.

Quantum Key West Race Week has new owner

The Storm Trysail Club reached an agreement to buy Quantum Key West Race Week from Premiere Racing, although the race will retain title sponsor Quantum Design Group.

Recreational fishing forum set for New Jersey

South Jersey Marina owner and MidAtlantic Tournament president Rick Weber will address the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce’s Fishing Forum, “Recreational Fishing: Is There a Future?”

Bermudan team wins offshore billfish tournament

After setting a world record for the most billfish released in a tournament, the 2015 Offshore World Championship wrapped up with a total of 2,840 billfish releases, which included 2,822 sailfish, 14 blue marlin, two black marlin and two striped marlin.

NMMA sued over Miami boat show move

The village of Key Biscayne in Florida filed a lawsuit against the National Marine Manufacturers Association over plans to hold the Miami International Boat Show at the Miami Marine Stadium in 2016.

MarineMax touts 2Q progress in selling older inventory

MarineMax executives were disappointed that they didn’t hit Wall Street’s targets, saying that selling off aging inventory and increasing marketing spending were among the reasons it missed analysts’ second-quarter earnings projections by $1.11 million — although the company still saw year-to-date sales up 34 percent from last year.

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