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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.

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VIDEO: Where old boats go to die Part II

Judging by reader reaction to Friday’s video of derelict boats meeting their demise, we’re not the only ones with a latent frustration toward the problem of abandoned vessels cluttering our shores. One reader even directed us to a site where we could find more footage of old boats meeting their end. SSI Shredding Systems is…more

Fountain reports drop in 2Q sales

Fountain Powerboat Industries today reported a 61 percent drop in net sales for its fiscal 2009 second quarter due to the continuing downturn in marine sales that accelerated during the quarter ending Dec. 31. “The global economic downturn, finance industry collapse and stock market crash had [a] significant detrimental effect on marine markets during the…more

Mad Mariner to manage ads for Panbo blog

Mad Mariner was contracted to manage advertising sales and placement for Panbo, a marine technology blog owned and edited by Ben Ellison. Ellison is a longtime electronics editor for a variety of marine magazines. He has been editing the Panbo blog for the last four years. “Managing the needs and desires of the companies that…more

Record number of manatees reported

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission counted a record number of manatees during its annual synoptic survey conducted two weeks ago. A team of 21 observers counted 2,153 manatees on Florida’s Atlantic Coast and 1,654 on the Gulf Coast of the state, for a total of 3,807. That tops the previous high count from…more

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VTE Tab-Type Busbar

VTE Inc. has introduced a new busbar design with push-on connections. Busbars are a vital part of any electrical system, but traditional units can be difficult to mount. The VTE Tab-Type Busbar installs on average 255 percent faster than fork-type and 340 percent faster than ring-terminal-type connections, according to Pellston, Mich.-based VTE. The device is…more

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Double Black Diamond

Edson Marine added a new style to its Diamond Series lightweight aluminum racing wheels for sailboats. The Double Black Diamond has a new six-spoke configuration. The spokes are paired, giving the skipper better access to, and visibility of, the vessel’s electronic displays, according to Chuck Gilchrest, sales manager for Edson’s marine division. Available in a…more

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No. 1 story of 2008? Do you have to ask?

The new year is the time those of us in the news business look back on the previous year’s events and reflect on which had the biggest impact. Unfortunately, choosing the No. 1 story of 2008 from a marine industry perspective wasn’t all that difficult. In the words former Clinton political strategist James Carville used…more

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A Texas dealer’s advice: Hang in there

Rod Malone says you can cut costs and push the boating lifestyle to ride out this rough recession What began as an avocation has turned into a career for Rod Malone, owner of Austin, Texas-based Sail & Ski, which has three locations and a mobile service depot and storage location. Malone opened his business in…more

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Getting certified

For one New Jersey dealership, the process was relatively easy, and the rewards are great Michael Davidson, chief operating officer of Green Cove Marina in Brick, N.J., leans against the service counter facing Jim Edwards of Five Star Solutions, the company contracted to conduct workshops and on-site visitations for the NMMA’s Marine Industry Certified Dealership…more

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Courting women

Industry looking for new ways to close its gender gap, opening career paths that some didn’t know existed Barry Acker, president of The Landing School, recalls going to a supermarket last year and having the cashier — a young woman in her early 20s — ask him what The Landing School was. After Acker explained…more

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