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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.

Builders honored at Asian awards ceremony

The eighth annual Asia Boating Awards honored the best in Asian luxury yachting last week in Hong Kong. McConaghy’s Boats, which recently launched the fully custom yacht Adastra from its China yard, took home the prize for Best Yacht Design of the Year. Hong Kong/South China superyacht builder Kingship and Taiwan yacht builder Horizon were…more

Yachting boom gains steam in China

During the next decade, the number of yachts in China will grow by 100,000 and the market will be worth between $7.8 billion and $15 billion, according to a report that the China Cruise and Yacht Industry Association. China’s yacht market has rapidly developed in the last two years. At the end of 2010 there…more

Memento-filled Olympic boat launches in London

More than 1,000 people saw the launch of an Olympic boat built from 1,200 pieces of wood, including bits from the ship Mary Rose and Jimi Hendrix’s guitar. The 30-foot yacht, named Collective Spirit, will sail along the south coast of England from July in the run-up to the London Olympics. The artists who came…more

Maryland sailor completes circumnavigation of the Americas

Matt Rutherford, 31, recently became the first sailor in history to travel solo and non-stop around North and South America. The 300-day journey in a 27-foot boat started in Annapolis, Md., and ended last week with a festive homecoming as more than two dozen boats sailed into Chesapeake Bay to welcome him home, the Baltimore…more

Yacht Path offers new Caribbean transport service

Yacht Path Marine Group will be offering a new service this fall, connecting its current Pacific Coast ports of call to the popular cruising destinations of the Caribbean. “Mexico continues to be one of the most popular destinations for American boaters, but due to the random and unpredictable crime in parts of the country, many…more

Australian boatbuilder near deal to lease Washington state site

An Australian boatbuilding company is poised to make a deal with the Port of Bellingham, Wash., to lease a manufacturing site on the Fairhaven waterfront. Shirley McFearin, the port’s real estate development manager, told the Bellingham Herald newspaper that Aluminum Boats Australia hopes to set up shop in a 30,000-square-foot space that Aluminum Chambered Boats…more

Austrian boatbuilder unveils redesigned website

Austrian boatbuilder Frauscher is touting a successful 2011, noting the construction of a new shipyard and the introduction of the 1017 GT – the largest motoryacht the company has built. This year, Frauscher launched a newly redesigned website that went live at the beginning of March. The website was launched in conjunction with a redesign…more

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

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