Keeping waterways clean and open to boaters is an important goal of the recreational marine industry. Individually and as members of trade organizations, marine businesses push for the enactment of fair rules and regulations governing use of the nation's rivers, lakes, streams and ocean waters.

Groups form Gulf Coast trade association

A group of recreational marine industry leaders from Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle established a new trade association. The Central Gulf Marine Trades Association will represent businesses involved in the sales, storage, service and utilization of recreational vessels. Goals of the association include promoting the Gulf region as a place to enjoy boating, fishing…more

Piano on a sandbar? There’s a reason

How did a baby grand end up on a sandbar in Biscayne Bay, Fla.? The mystery that gripped much of South Florida and Web surfers everywhere for the past week – who dumped an old grand piano on a sandbar, and why would anyone do that – has finally been solved. Nick Harrington, 16, says…more

Outer Reef, Kadey-Krogen form sales partnership

Outer Reef Yachts and Kadey-Krogen Yachts entered into an agreement in which Outer Reef will represent Kadey-Krogen through all of Outer Reef’s established international sales and service locations. “With Outer Reef offices and service centers in Sydney, Australia, and seven locations throughout Europe, Kadey-Krogen is poised to hit the ground running as we launch into…more

Offshore Super Series joins governing body

The Offshore Super Series joined the offshore division of the American Power Boat Association. “We are proud to announce our membership with APBA. This new association will take our organization to a new level of racing and will offer us greater opportunities,” OSS board chairman Michael Mares said in a statement. “We will remain as…more

Reality show seeks Florida liveaboards ready to sell

Do you live aboard your boat in South Florida and are you looking to sell and move? If so, HGTV is looking for you. “My First Sale” is casting first-time sellers in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area. Producers hope to find a liveaboard family, couple or single looking to sell their first boat and move to…more

Brothers win Triton 16 Storm in video contest and announced that Carson and Carter McBride of Springdale, Ark., are the winners of the “Tap into Summer” video contest. Carson, 9, and Carter, 6, are avid anglers and came up with the video idea while “pretend fishing,” something they enjoy. Along with their father, Aaron, they picked up their Triton 16 Storm…more

Maryland harbor dredging set at $1.6 million

For years, boaters leaving Nanticoke Marina in Maryland have worried about the water’s shrinking depth, a byproduct of accumulating silt and mud. The effect has been to further weigh down the local marine industry beyond the sour economy. Wicomico County soon will remedy that problem with a $1.6 million project dredging the harbor and reconstructing…more

Lauderdale billfish tourney winner named

Team El Palacio de Los Jugos, fishing aboard Tibiron II, won the 45th annual Fort Lauderdale Billfish Tournament. Fishing from their home port in Miami, they had 13 releases on Nov. 20. The tournament drew 227 anglers on 47 boats releasing 228 sailfish. Rybovich sponsored the opening party at the International Game Fish Association Fishing…more

Audit of marine board reveals wasteful spending

The Oregon State Marine Board was found to have a “frequent disregard for state rules and policies and a casual attitude toward expenditure of public funds,” according to the secretary of state’s audits division. “Controls were lacking, certain expenditures were questionable, equipment and services were not procured appropriately, state property was not disposed of properly…more

Video set offers pro-level boater instruction

All Marine Network is selling Smart Boating, a four-DVD box set that offers recreational boaters professional-level training in boat operation and safety procedures. This video course, which features more than 10 hours of instruction and information, is hosted by Capt. Steve Larivee, president of the boating education company Maritime Smarts. Larivee is a licensed professional…more

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