International News

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.

Boat show organizers optimistic despite downturn

Organizers of the boot Düsseldorf 2009 international boat show are optimistic as they prepare for the Jan. 17-25 event, despite the worldwide economic slowdown. “We expect hall capacity to be well-used and the showcase to be representative of the international offerings for yachting and water sports,” said Goetz-Ulf Jungmichel, project director of boot 2009, in…more

Famed sailor Hal Roth dies at 81

International bluewater sailor and author Hal Roth died this fall after a long illness. He was 81. Roth and his wife, Margaret, devoted more than 40 years to sailing the world’s oceans, beginning in the mid-1960s when they quit their jobs to embark on a 19-month trip around the Pacific. The Roths sailed around the…more

BWI schedules Fort Lauderdale meeting

Boating Writers International will hold its general meeting from 8 to 10 a.m. Oct. 31 at the Bahia Mar Hotel during the upcoming Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. BWI’s “Newsmaker” session is titled “Expanding the Boating Universe Beyond Middle-aged Males.” It will examine changing U.S. markets with a panel discussion about how to write about…more

Trade Talk: Gazing into the crystal ball

October will be a busy month for the marine industry, as business leaders gear up for two major events that traditionally serve as key indicators for the coming year: the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference. Click here.

Edson hosting party at Newport show

Edson International of New Bedford, Mass., marks its 150th year anniversary in 2009, and to start the celebration the company is hosting the Newport (R.I.) International Boat Show exhibitor party Thursday. The trade-only party starts at 6 p.m. at the Newport Harbor Hotel and is held in conjunction with the International Yacht Restoration School’s annual…more

Boat Bunkers aligns with British-based company

Boat Bunkers International, a Florida-based manufacturer of an in-water mooring station that keeps boat hulls clean and eliminates the need for anti-fouling paints, established a strategic alliance with U.K.-based VersaDock International. VersaDock makes a line of modular flotation docks and drive-on docking stations. Under the alliance, the Boat Bunkers product line will be available to…more

America’s Cup vet speaking at Sailing Industry Conference

PUMA Ocean Racing Skipper Ken Read and America’s Cup veteran and BMW Oracle Racing executive Tom Ehman will share insights about the Volvo Ocean Race and America’s Cup, respectively, in Newport, R.I.Their presentations will be delivered at the Sailing Industry Conference June 11-12. Sail America and Sail Magazine are presenting Read at the conference’s welcome…more


A sales lifeline to Europe

Manufacturers are finding the European  market a needed shot in the arm during America’s economic downturn In 2006, executives at Burlington, Wash.-based Nordic Tugs began researching international export opportunities and spent a year getting the approvals needed to export three models to Europe. In 2007, the company signed its first international dealer — an outlet…more

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