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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.

Australia debuts boating and fishing marketing campaign

Australia launched an industry-wide recreational boating and fishing campaign last Friday at the Sydney International Boat Show. The campaign, dubbed “I Fish, I Boat and I Vote,” is designed to raise the awareness and impact of the boating and fishing industries. The campaign was launched just weeks ahead of the Australian federal election, according to…more

Unemployment dips to 7.4 percent in July

The U.S. economy added 162,000 jobs in July, 26,000 fewer than during the previous month, but the unemployment rate edged down to 7.4 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The jobless rate was the lowest since December 2008. Reuters said the government’s report sent mixed signals that could make the Federal Reserve…more

Beckson Marine adds Canadian sales rep

Beckson Marine signed CGW Associates as a new rep group that will cover Quebec and the maritime provinces of Canada. “Beckson builds a quality product and we’re pleased to be associated with them,” Charlie O’Connor, of CGW Associates, said in a statement. “They’re wonderful people to work with and are well-known for their great customer…more

Tom Cruise and son sail with America’s Cup team

Actor Tom Cruise and his son Connor visited the America’s Cup Summer of Racing, watching the fastest racing yachts in the world compete on San Francisco Bay. The two Cruises were the guests of Emirates Team New Zealand for its Louis Vuitton Cup race against Luna Rossa Challenge, according to the America’s Cup website. New…more

Researchers identify 17th century shipwreck off Maryland

Working and pleasure boats have plied Maryland’s waters for centuries and untold numbers of wrecked or abandoned ships are hidden in the state’s rivers and bays. One suspected underwater site that initially was mapped in 1994 was re-examined this summer by Scott Tucker, an archaeologist and doctoral candidate from the University of Southampton in the…more

Somali pirates protect illegal fishing ships off Africa

Frustrated by a string of failed hijacking attempts, Somali pirates are turning to a new business model: providing “security” for ships illegally plundering Somalia’s fish stocks — the same scourge that launched the Horn of Africa’s piracy era eight years ago. Somali piracy was recently a fearsome trend that saw dozens of ships and hundreds…more

Thailand show signs five-year site deal with marina

The Phuket International Boat Show in Thailand secured its home for the future with the signing of a five-year host venue agreement with Royal Phuket Marina, an award-winning five-star marina on Phuket’s east coast. Having recently announced that the dates for the 2014 show were moved to the popular Jan. 9-12 time frame, organizers are…more

America’s Cup will be ‘Jeopardy!’ category tonight

Tonight’s episode of “Jeopardy!” will include a special category on the America’s Cup, with the internationally distributed quiz show’s Kelly Miyahara and Jimmy McGuire presenting video clues about the Cup that were shot on the waters of San Francisco Bay, the venue for the 2013 Cup regatta. “Jeopardy!” is the winner of a 2011 Peabody…more

African-American syndicate seeks America’s Cup injunction

Given new life by a June appellate court ruling, an African-American sailing syndicate has asked for an injunction to stop America’s Cup racing until the court rules on its complaint that the Golden Gate Yacht Club did not act in good faith in denying the syndicate’s application to race against Oracle Team USA for the…more


Ferretti plans delivery of 112-footer in Thailand

The first Ferretti Custom Line 112-foot Next built for Thailand’s market will go ashore in that country — a “key market for the entire Ferretti Group” — later this summer, the company announced. Ferretti said the maxi-yacht will be delivered to the customer at the end of July. “It is an absolute debut in such…more

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