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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.

Sportfishing ‘shootout’ returns in 2010

Aqualuma Underwater Lighting is sponsoring the Bertram/Hatteras Shootout, set for April 27-May 1 in Abaco, Bahamas. “The Bertram/Hatteras Shootout is a spirited and fun competition for boat owners and anglers from all over the world,” said Aqualuma president Carl Amor, in a statement. “We’re very proud to support both Bertram and Hatteras and to be…more

Asia Boating Awards ceremony set for May

The sixth edition of the Asia Boating Awards will take place May 8 at the Hong Kong Gold Coast Yacht and Country Club in China. The awards recognize the best yachts globally as well as top Asia-based yacht builders, regattas, marinas and yacht clubs; best maritime city in Asia; and top yachting personality. The last…more

Korean impeller company opens U.S. branch

JMP Corp., an impeller/impeller pump manufacturer based in South Korea, is expanding to the U.S. marketplace. The company has opened a U.S. branch, JMP Marine, which will be known as JMPUSA and is headquartered in Miami. “Establishing this branch will increase our sales growth, help us fulfill orders even more quickly, and build a local…more

Ribcraft to sponsor ISAF World Championship

Ribcraft has reached an agreement with the New York Yacht Club to supply RIBs and sponsor the 2010 ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship in September. The company will supply a fleet of Ribcraft 5.85s to serve as umpire and support boats for the event. Ribcraft, which builds professional-grade RIBs for sailing programs and yacht…more

Below deck: candidate’s boat is named …

A U.S. Senate candidate from Connecticut is taking some heat for the name of her boat. Linda McMahon, a Republican, has a 47-foot performance powerboat named “Sexy Bitch.” The campaign of Republican Rep. Rob Simmons, who is running against McMahon in the Senate GOP primary, e-mailed a column about the boat’s name to reporters last…more

Sailor seeks used sails for Haiti

Maine sailor John Eide is organizing a drive to collect used sails to be shipped to Haiti for use in makeshift shelters. “The rainy season is starting early this year in the Caribbean, so the faster we can get our used sails to Haiti, the better off the estimated 770,000 homeless will be,” he said…more

Recycled-plastic boat to sail environmental voyage

C-MAP electronic charts are helping guide Plastiki, a sailing vessel made almost entirely from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles, on a 100-day, 10,000-nautical-mile journey to raise environmental awareness. When weather patterns permit, the vessel and her crew will depart California, eventually arriving in Australia’s Sydney Harbor. Along the route, the Plastiki will sail through some of…more

Sailing Hall of Fame moves closer to reality

The Maryland Board of Public Works has voted to lease property to the National Sailing Hall of Fame & Sailing Center to construct a facility in Annapolis, Md. Among the goals of the center are to create an array of interactive, state-of-the-art exhibits and learning activities designed to introduce visitors to the excitement, traditions, science,…more

SeaArk Marine sells boats to Haitian government

Monticello, Ark.-based SeaArk Marine recently completed two boats of a five-boat contract for the Haitian Coast Guard. The boats were purchased through the Global Peace and Security Fund, administered by the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade through the Canadian Commercial Corp. The boats will be used for law enforcement, disaster relief and…more

Icom America donates equipment for Haiti relief

Icom America donated more than 150 communication equipment units from the marine, aviation and amateur divisions to assist Haiti in the aftermath of the Jan. 12 earthquake. There units were to be distributed through Mentone Communications Education Association, a foundation with close ties to the Southern Baptist Relief Convention and the American Red Cross. “While…more

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