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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.

L.A. boat show reports solid turnout

Organizers of the Los Angeles Boat Show say sales results from opening weekend exceeded expectations. “We’re happy,” said Scott Driesbach, COO of Advantage Boats, in a statement. “It’s been a long six months, and sales have been the slowest we’ve seen in our 25-year history.” “But after this Saturday and Sunday, we’re feeling much better…more

Cruisers shuts down for February

Cruisers Yachts, of Oconto, Wis., is ceasing production for a month because of the economy, according to an AP report in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. KCS International president Jim Viestenz told AP that employees were placed on unemployment and notified that the return date is tentatively scheduled for early March. In recent years, the company…more

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Today’s Boat Buyer: Part III

Bob and Linda Coleman were looking for a boat they can retire on — something that would accommodate their large extended family, including 10 grandchildren. The Colemans, first-time boaters from Kingsville, Md., bought an Outer Reef 63 at PassageMaker magazine’s Trawler Fest in Stuart, Fla., in January. “The timing was perfect with the economy,” says…more

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Today’s Boat Buyer: Part II

Michael Boudreau bought a Pursuit C 310 with twin 250-hp Yamaha 4-strokes from Striper Marine in Barrington , R.I. , in January. He bought the center console after looking at one at the Hartford (Conn.) Boat Show. “We had seen the Pursuits online, but my wife, Jeannie, and I wanted to see one for ourselves,”…more

Analysts approve of MarineMax’s cutbacks

Despite the more than 50 percent drop in sales for its fiscal 2009 first quarter, MarineMax is getting good marks from analysts. “Results demonstrate that management is taking the right steps to weather the severe downturn in the marine industry,” said Hayley B. Wolff, senior equity research analyst for Rochdale Securities, in a recent report.…more

Marine Concepts diversifies its business

Florida-based Marine Concepts and its sister company, JRL Ventures, are now offering dimensionally cut structural flat panels through a new partnership with Nida-Core Corp. Nida-Core, a global company with offices in Florida, manufactures lightweight honeycomb core material used as a structural composite for such things as bulkheads and flooring. The flat panels free up floor…more

Changing Places

Coastal Properties Management of Annapolis named Paul Gapcynski the new manager of Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown, Va. Gapcynski has worked at Riverwalk as dockmaster since May 2005. Following the death of the previous manager, Dennis Nate, last September, Gapcynski was promoted to the management position. “We were all very saddened to lose Dennis Nate, who…more

ABBRA hands out its annual awards

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association presented its annual awards at last week’s International Marina & Boatyard Conference. The Dennis Snow President’s Award was presented to Carl Cramer, publisher of Professional Boatbuilder Wooden Boat magazine and co-show director of the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference. The Award of Excellence in Customer Care was presented…more

Galaxie Boat Works holding liquidation sale

After 40 years in business, Galaxie Boat Works of Jacksonville, Texas, will have a going-out-of-business sale this weekend. The complete fiberglass boat manufacturing plant will be sold. This includes all manufacturing equipment, molds, patents, tools, inventory, parts, materials, warehouse and support equipment. The real estate includes 10 acres of zoned commercial property, one large office…more

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Today’s Boat Buyer: Part I

Doug and Lynne Stebbins of Port Washington, N.Y., bought a new Nordic Tug 32 late last year from Wilde Yacht Sales, in Essex, Conn., after trading in the 25-foot Chaparral they had owned for a year. “The Chaparral had a 380-hp MerCruiser I/O that really went pretty fast,” says Doug Stebbins, 58. “Neither Lynne nor…more

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