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.

Foundation receives FEMA grant for hurricane education

The Florida Boating Foundation has been awarded a $313,000 hurricane education grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to produce and distribute DVDs for boaters and marine businesses in the state. “We are really excited about the opportunity to educate boaters and marine businesses throughout Florida on precautions needed to protect against damage from hurricanes,”…more

Marine companies debut new Web sites

Three companies recently announced the launch of new Web sites. ABI/Precision Lighting’s redesigned Web site celebrates the company’s 25-plus years as a leader in marine hardware and lighting. The “About Us” tab connects visitors with a brief history of ABI/Precision Lighting. Viewers can click on a link to take them to ABI’s 84-page catalog, and…more

Tiara unveils certified pre-owned program

Tiara Yachts has launched a certified pre-owned program. The CPO program has been in development for the last two years, and many aspects were modeled around similar programs for premium luxury auto makers, including BMW, Mercedes and Lexus. Tiara’s Marine Industry Certified and Platinum Customer Service rated dealers will be the exclusive agents for this…more


Changing Places

Peter B. Hamilton has been named senior vice president and chief financial officer at Brunswick Corp., effective Sept. 15. Hamilton, 61, served as Brunswick’s chief financial officer from 1995 to 2000 before moving to operations. He was president of Brunswick Bowling & Billiards from 2000 to 2005, president of the Life Fitness Division from 2005…more

Eyes on Ike as it moves toward the Gulf

As the East Coast mops up from Tropical Storm Hanna, those in South Florida and along the Gulf Coast have their eyes on Hurricane Ike. Ike is expected to impact South Florida early in the week before heading into the Gulf of Mexico. Where along the Gulf Coast the storm might make landfall remains uncertain,…more

The Landing School celebrates 30 years

The Landing School in Arundel, Maine, is celebrating its 30th year of marine-industry education with two alumni reunions this fall. On Sept. 13, The Landing School will host a reunion in Newport, R.I., immediately following that day’s close of the Newport International Boat Show. On the evening of Oct. 7, there will be a reunion…more

New dates for women’s fishing seminar

“Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” has rescheduled its Islamorada, Fla., seminar to Dec. 5-7 because of the active hurricane season. The saltwater fishing seminar for women, originally scheduled for Sept. 19-21, is hosted by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and presented by Mercury Outboards. Cost is $160 per person. Click here for information or…more

Changing Places

Pierre Gerber has joined Global BSI Rigging & Service, specializing in international aftermarket sales and service. Gerber will be based in the company’s Haderslev, Denmark, offices and will work with clients throughout Europe providing refit services, inspections and technical reviews. Gerber will also consult for authorized service centers such as A+ Rigging Mallorca and Rig…more

EPA sets new gas-engine emissions standards

The Environmental Protection Agency announced yesterday it has set strict new standards for gasoline engines. When fully implemented, the rule is expected to yield annual emission reductions of 600,000 tons of hydrocarbons, 130,000 tons of nitrogen oxide, 5,500 tons of direct particulate matter and 1.5 million tons of carbon monoxide, according to the EPA. The…more


Nautic Global Group, the Elkhart, Ind.-based manufacturer of Rinker and Godfrey boats, recently completed its second dealer meeting of the summer, introducing dealers to a “fury of new products.” With more than 15 new models, improvements to existing lines, and the addition of two new lines, NGG says it has accelerated its product development cycle…more

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