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The marine industry is a global enterprise. Builders, dealers, marinas, equipment manufacturers and other businesses are found worldwide, and there are major boat shows on all continents.

Unsinkable boats recast as life rafts for apocalypse

Fans and owners of the defunct sailing yacht builder Etap have noticed something peculiar on the official Etap Yachting website. Although no new Etaps have been produced or sold commercially in the United States since early 2009, when the Belgian company declared bankruptcy, the site recently appeared to have been updated. First there was the…more

Mota adds presence in the U.S.

Mota recently announced the formation of Mota North America Inc., a U.S.-based subsidiary of the French cooling system manufacturer. “The creation of Mota NA is a first step aimed at providing more dedicated support to Mota’s growing North American customer base,” the company said in a statement. “The new U.S. office will add to Mota’s…more

Chinese builder cites price as competitive advantage

Yachts being built today by Chinese companies are similar to those in the United States and Europe, except for one major difference – the price. For example, the Alaska line of yachts from Shanghai Double Happiness Yacht Co. costs half of what it would typically cost for a yacht from an international manufacturer such as…more

British company starts U.S. boatbuilding operation

Belzona, a leader of polymer composites, industrial protective coatings and elastomers for industries around the world, announced plans to launch a new boatbuilding operation called Belzona Marine. “Belzona Marine is an indicator of how we are growing, and we want the community to be a part of it,” the company said in a statement. “We…more

Yacht marina, sales center planned in China

Chinese organizers of the inaugural 2011 Macau Yacht Show – Fujian Auto China Conference and Exhibition Co. and Fuzhou Auto China Yachts Management Co. – recently announced their latest project: the Wangzi Marina Club and Fuzhou Auto Yachts Sales Centre. “We believe that Fujian province shows great promise for the development of a leisure marine…more

High-speed cat to travel between Florida and Cuba

Kona Catamaran signed a deal with CubaKat to build three high-speed catamarans that will operate between Marathon, Fla., and Havana. The ferries will be designed to make the trip in less than three hours and will have the ability to carry as many as 149 passengers each. The first catamaran should be operational by April…more

Churchill Yacht Partners joins superyacht group

Churchill Yacht Partners announced its acceptance into MYBA Worldwide Yachting Association. The association is an internationally renowned professional organization, founded in 1984, whose members are involved at all levels in the superyacht industry. New members are only accepted with a proven track record of professional excellence in the yachting industry. Churchill was formed in 2004…more

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Exporting to a changing world

Western European markets sag, but U.S. builders see potential riches in Russia, Brazil and Asia Many U.S. boatbuilders have been working to ramp up export sales and are breaking into new territories all the time. Their ventures are not without challenge, but even in these economically difficult times they are also loaded with potential. The…more

Spencer Ship Monaco opens N.J. sales office

Spencer Ship Monaco announced the opening of its new sales office in the United States in Millville, N.J. Spencer’s new office will be led by 30-year marine industry veteran Doug Finney. “Doug’s experience in both domestic and international sales development, along with his background in retail dealership management, presented Spencer Ship with opportunities on multiple…more

Azimut-Benetti forms distribution network

The first network contract was recently signed between Azimut-Benetti, the Italian yacht manufacturing and marina management group, and about 20 supply companies spanning the production chain — from layout to systems to furnishings — with the aim of creating an industrywide network. The purpose of the new organizational model, Giovanni Vatteroni, Azimut-Benetti’s Livorno plant director…more

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