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.

NMRA awards scholarship to Westlawn student

The National Marine Representatives Association recently awarded Frederick Richardson of Somersworth, N.H. a $1,500 scholarship. A student of Westlawn Institute of Marine Technologies, Richardson plans to earn a degree in small craft design. His career goals include designing and building safe, dependable craft for private, public and military use. He also hopes to one day…more

Dealers & Distributors

West Florida Yachts, of St. Petersburg, Fla., absorbed the St. Petersburg sales staff of South Florida Yacht Sales Nov. 1 and, together, have joined forces with United Yacht Sales to create United West Florida Yachts. They will operate out of the existing offices at Maximo Marina in St. Petersburg. The staff will consist of industry…more


Fuel prices: the bright spot in downturn

It comes too late in the year to be of much help to the marine industry, but the one bright spot in an otherwise economically volatile autumn has been the steady downward trend in gasoline prices. The descent began in August, after prices hit all-time highs in June and July and were threatening to go…more


Changing Places

Stephen C. White was named president and chief executive officer of Mystic (Conn.) Seaport Museum. White, former headmaster of the Fay School in Southborough, Mass., will take over the post Jan. 15. Ret. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Doug Teeson, the museum’s current president and CEO, who earlier this year announced his plans to retire, will…more


Tricky salvage of German U-boat examined

The Norwegian Coastal Administration awarded a contract to Mammoet Salvage BV for the possible salvage of the German submarine U-864 and its cargo of mercury. On Feb. 9, 1945, the German submarine was torpedoed by the British submarine HMS Venturer. The U-864 sank about 2 nautical miles west of the island Fedje, just north of…more

Fire damages boatyard in Maine

A weekend blaze at Great Island Boatyard in Harpswell, Maine, destroyed a building, but no boats were damaged. About 50 firefighters from six departments responded to the call, according to a report in The Times Record. Owner Stephen Rowe said none of the 200 boats stored at the boatyard were damaged, although the building that…more

Changing Places

Yamaha Marine Group promoted Brad Leatherman to department manager for the OEM Technical/Tournament Support Division. Leatherman’s responsibilities include overall technical business direction as well as the development of Yamaha’s OEM technical and tournament support staff. He will also be responsible for the development of the Yamaha Outboard Application Engineering/Rigging and Performance Training, testing duties, policies,…more

Bennett Marine adds features to Web site

Trim tab manufacturer Bennett Marine redesigned its Web site, with several new user-friendly, educational and service-oriented features. “We consider our site to be an extension of our customer service focus,” said company president Blake Bennett. “Our objective was to make it easy for both current customers and people new to trim tabs to find the…more

Stock exchange says Fountain still not in compliance

Fountain Powerboat Industries received notice Nov. 5 from the NYSE Alternext US, successor to the American Stock Exchange, that the company is not in compliance with one of the exchange’s standards for the continued listing of the company’s common stock. Specifically, the notice states “The company is not in compliance with Section 1003(a)(i) of the…more

The Edmund Fitzgerald sank 33 years ago today

Today marks the 33rd anniversary of the sinking of the SS Edmund Fitzgerald on Lake Superior. On the evening of Nov. 10, 1975, the 729-foot ore carrier went down with a full cargo of taconite pellets during a severe storm. The ship sank approximately 17 miles from the entrance to Whitefish Bay, Mich. All 29…more

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