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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.

R.I. show to include roundtable on job growth

As part of the Providence Boat Show, the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association will present a roundtable discussion Jan. 29 on the future of marine industry jobs in Rhode Island and what the industry means to the state’s economy. The state has recognized the marine industry as one targeted for growth and critical to the…more

New Checkmate site lets visitors customize boats

Performance powerboat builder Checkmate Marine, of Bucyrus, Ohio, launched a new Web site. At the site, www.checkmatepowerboats.net, visitors can create and customize their own dream boat online, selecting from four Checkmate models. These designs can be viewed online, printed out for future reference, or sent along to the Checkmate boat works for assembly. “For the first…more

Layoffs at Stratos plant in Tennessee

A number of employees at the Stratos plant in Murfreesboro, Tenn., were laid off, though the exact number was not immediately available. Stratos officials had no comment this morning, but Genmar chairman Irwin Jacobs confirmed the loss of jobs. He did not know the exact number of people affected. “There’s a lot of movement everywhere…more

Intellian names marketing firm

Rushton Gregory added Intellian Technologies to its client list. Headquartered in South Korea, with U.S. operations based in Irvine, Calif., Intellian designs and manufactures a range of mobile satellite communication systems. Rushton Gregory will drive Intellian’s North American marketing efforts by implementing a multifaceted campaign that includes public relations and strategic council with regard to…more

Ranger’s Z520 Comanche wins design honor

Ranger Boats’ Z520 Comanche was named to the 2009 lost of “Excellence in Design” award winners by Trailer Boats magazine. In its recap of the Ranger Z520 Comanche, the Trailer Boats staff writes, “Some rigs simply epitomize state-of-the-art, and that’s exactly what you’ve got with Ranger’s Z520 Comanche. “Topside, it’s evident in items such as…more

Florida canvas company closes factory

Recent cuts in production by manufacturers have hit everyone in the industry, from dealers down to accessories makers, including Boatswain’s Locker in Jacksonville, Fla., which makes canvas boat adornments. The company was hard hit last summer when Brunswick said it planned to close 17 boat plants by the end of 2009 in an effort to…more

Catalina Yachts picks marketing firm

Largo, Fla.-based Catalina Yachts named Affinity Marketing & Communications of Dunedin, Fla., as its advertising and marketing agency of record. Affinity Marketing handles the manufacturer’s collateral and print ads, public relations and dealer support programs for Catalina. The agency recently completed a comprehensive rebranding program for the company, promotional material for the new Catalina 445…more

Colligo gets patent for mooring system

Colligo Marine received a United States patent for its Bridle Plate Mooring System. The Colligo system eliminates line to line interference, which means no more tangled mooring lines, and the lines tend to last much longer. Two versions are available: one with eyebolt shackles and a premium system with “safety” shackles that uses nuts with…more

Tohatsu offers extended warranty

Tohatsu America Corp., distributor of Tohatsu and Nissan Marine outboards, is offering an extended five-year limited warranty on any new, unregistered 2008-09 model year engine from 25 to 115 hp sold between Jan. 1 and April 15 at no cost to the consumer or dealer. The five-year limited warranty will extend the third-year coverage from Tohatsu…more

Company offers new fractional ownership program

Quartershare Yachts International has launched a program offering 25 percent ownership in a luxury yacht. Quartershare owners will have the ability to use their boat or an identical vessel in the fleet for 10 calendar weeks per year. Owners also pay 25 percent of the fixed operating costs. “A $4 million boat suddenly costs $1…more

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