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.

BoatLife awards Silverlake West for sales performance

BoatLife, which manufactures sealants, adhesives and boat care products, awarded Silverlake West as Rep Group of the Year. “Silverlake West has hit the ground running with BoatLife and has just recently joined our sales force in the Western USA,” BoatLife president Grace Schmidt said a statement. “Their performance and enthusiasm has been noteworthy.” Click here…more

Seamagine picks public relations firm

Seamagine Hydrospace Corp., a California-based manufacturer of two- and three-person submersibles, selected The Halsted Agency of Troutville, Va., to handle its marketing and public relations. “Amy Halsted has a solid track record in the promotion of products to the large yacht market,” said Bernard Demers, Seamagine vice president of sales and marketing, in a statement.…more

PWC sales see growth in some states

January data for all fiberglass boats was down for the month, but many states posted growth in the PWC segment. Texas, Louisiana, Idaho, South Carolina, Mississippi, Washington, New Hampshire and South Dakota showed positive or even growth in PWC for the month. These preliminary statistics include 30 early reporting states, which represent approximately 61 percent…more

Four Winns SL222 wins award

Trailer Boats magazine recently presented its 2009 Zenith Award to Four Winns for the builder’s new SL222. Publisher/editorial director Jim Hendricks and editor Ron Eldridge presented the award last week during the Miami International Boat Show to executives of Four Winns and its parent company, Genmar Holdings Inc. The 2009 Four Winns SL222 was selected…more

West Marine contest has ‘green’ theme

West Marine recently launched a new Green Product of the Year contest, with a $10,000 prize to be awarded at the 2010 Miami International Boat Show. “We hope to encourage innovation and a steady stream of environmentally friendly products so our children and our children’s children will have the opportunity to enjoy plentiful oceans and…more

Saunders Yachtworks opens new headquarters

Saunders Yachtworks held a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday to celebrate the opening of its new headquarters in Gulf Shores, Ala. The 15,000-square-foot building is the first of three phases for the 6-acre facility. The multiuse two-story building combines sales and administrative offices, marine engine and equipment shop, and a full-service parts department and warehouse. Future…more

RFA names managing director

Jim Hutchinson Jr., former editor of The Fisherman magazine, was named managing director of the Recreational Fishing Alliance. He was unanimously approved Jan. 29 by the RFA executive board and officially joins the group full time Feb. 23. “This is quite a coup for the RFA and our membership,” said Jim Donofrio, RFA executive director,…more

ISS picks new board, council

The International Superyacht Society recently elected its 2009-2011 board of directors and past presidents council. The new executive committee, each serving a two-year term, includes Lance Cushion, Superyacht Base Australia, president; Paul Madden, Paul Madden Associates, vice president; Ken Hickling, Awlgrip Paint, treasurer; Norma Trease, Only Yacht, secretary; Doug Sharp, Sharp Design, past president; and…more


Changing Places

Maritime Capital Group, a Fort Lauderdale-based provider of boat and yacht financing, recently announced two new executive appointments. The company named Peggy Bodenreider vice president. She will be responsible for the daily operations of Maritime Capital Group, including identifying growth opportunities for marine lending and expanding service offerings to meet the market needs. She will…more

Organizers say shortened Long Island show paid off

Producers of the Long Island Boat Show say their strategy of consolidating the event into one four-day weekend instead of two three-day weekends paid off. “It was a very good show,” Chris Squeri, executive director of the New York Marine Trades Association, told Soundings Trade Only. “All the results and feedback were 99 percent positive.”…more

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