Acquisitions and Investments

Mergers, acquisitions and startups periodically reshape the marine industry, attracting innovators and other new investors.

Dixie Marine purchased by Watermark group

Watermark Property Group of Baltimore acquired Dixie Marine in Miami. Dixie Marine is an authorized dealer for Mako, Seacraft and Southport, with showroom locations in Miami and Islamorada, Fla. The company also offers certified marine service and parts support for Evinrude, Mercury and Yamaha engines at the Miami location. Dixie Marine plans to open a…more

Ellsworth Marine team joins Crow’s Nest Yachts

The management team of Ellsworth Marine joined forces with Crow’s Nest Yachts following the recent merger of Ellsworth’s assets into Crow’s Nest. Founder Tom Ellsworth and sales manager Bruce Sterling have a wealth of experience and professionalism, according to Crow’s Nest Yachts. During the last several years, they have placed more than $100 million of…more

Economist compares recession to a gravy boat

While experts argue over what this recession will look like years from now, a University of Central Florida economist says it most resembles a gravy boat. Sean Snaith says the pace of the economic downturn and anticipated recovery looks like the slanted handle, bowl bottom and prolonged spout of a traditional sauce-serving dish. “Forget the…more

ITT Rule Industries moving production to Mexico

ITT Rule Industries is moving its production line from Massachusetts to Mexico, its corporate parent announced Monday. Nearly 90 jobs will be lost because of the move, the Gloucester Daily Times reports. Cuts to the local work force will be phased in starting in August and accelerated through the fall, until all manufacturing is halted…more

Naiad Maritime Group buys product manufacturers

Naiad Maritime Group recently acquired VT Motion Control Group from VT Group Plc. The acquisition includes marine system brands Naiad Marine Systems, Maritime Dynamics, Vosper Motion Control and Vosper Stabilizers. These businesses collectively constitute one of the world’s largest suppliers of roll stabilization systems spanning the commercial ship, luxury yacht and military sectors. With the…more

Slip sells for $4 million

A megayacht slip at Key Largo’s Ocean Reef Club has sold for a record $4 million, according to Russell Post Sotheby’s International Realty, the agency that represented both parties in the transaction. “In spite of the economy, the demand for megayacht slips has not waned,” said Russell Post, the agency’s president, in a statement. “There…more

Fairwinds moves its Florida headquarters

Fairwinds Technical Services recently relocated to a new, larger facility. The full-service marine electronics company moved its headquarters from 256 Riberia Street to 134 Riberia Street, Unit 5, in St. Augustine, Fla. The property is locally known as No Name Marina. The new location will better serve the public with its first-floor location and wheelchair…more

OPINION: Is the recession over?

The “real” recession started in September 2008, not December 2007, according to economists Brian S. Wesbury and Robert Stein, and they believe it will be over by mid-2009. The Forbes.com columnists point to the 1 percent annual rate growth in real gross domestic product between December 2007 and August 2008, which they say “doesn’t look…more

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Foorplan squeeze: reaction to GE’s rate hike

The lender says it had no choice but to increase rates and that it is not exiting marine floorplanning Dealers around the country, already struggling to make ends meet, say they were shaken by the news that GE Capital Solutions was raising its interest rates and making other changes in its financing policies. And some…more

Dyna-Tech buys Trim Master Marine

Dyna-Tech Corp. of Largo, Fla., recently acquired the assets of Trim Master Marine Inc. A purchase price was not released. “Trim Master Marine has been in business for over 20 years and has a reputation for building superior products,” Dyna-Tech owner Terry Welsch said in a statement. “When given the opportunity, we purchased the company…more

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