Last year was “an extraordinary year” for Bob Johnstone, who founded MJM Yachts in 2002 and was co-founder many years earlier of J Boats Inc.
From factory openings to production milestones to the launch of new boats, the marine industry makes news in numerous ways. Trade Only follows developments wherever they occur.
Active Interest Media received 18 Boating Writers International awards at the Miami International Boat Show — including seven first-place awards. And Jim Flannery, who wrote for the AIM magazines Soundings, Trade Only and Anglers Journal for more than 30 years, received four awards.
My role as executive director of the Connecticut Marine Trades Association is best described as the culmination of a wonderfully diverse career filled with opportunity, hard work and yes, a little bit of Irish luck along the way.
I grew up in Mystic, Conn., sailing, surfing and swimming, with an occasional detour into powerboats.
Industry leaders give us their forecasts for the new year and most expect it will be much like 2015 — they say that type of slow, steady growth is positive, given the hit boating took in the recession.
I have been involved in the marine industry for more than 25 years, starting by working for Bombardier Capital in the mid-1980s. Our main focus was providing floorplan assistance for recreational and marine dealers. I was the district manager for a designated portion of Ontario, Canada.
Oct. 7, 2012, Annapolis Fall Sailboat Show: I traveled from New York City in search of an alternative to my Yanmar 40-hp diesel motor.
I grew up on the waterfront in Annapolis, Md. My family had a variety of boats. My three brothers and I played tag in boats and sailed at every opportunity.
I can’t imagine wanting to be anywhere else or doing anything else.
Several years ago I would start feeling anxious and irritable about 3 o’clock on Sunday afternoons.