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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.

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

Changing Places

Keith McClearn was named general manager of Salem Water Taxi, a mooring rental and launch service provider in Salem, Mass. McClearn joined Hawthorne Cove Marina in 2006 as general manager and will continue in that role for the company while taking on the day-to-day management of Salem Water Taxi. His responsibilities include strategic planning and project…more

Magazine offering free employment classifieds

Professional BoatBuilder magazine is offering free classified advertising in its April/May issue for companies that are hiring. “We know there are too many unemployed workers in our industry right now, so if you are hiring then we are offering you a free, employment ad in the next issue of Professional BoatBuilder,” the magazine said in…more

Stabicraft picks U.S. public relations firm

Stabicraft Marine, a New Zealand-based manufacturer of aluminum boats, appointed Salima Benchoukroun as its public relations agency to support the company’s efforts in the U.S. market. Stabicraft builds center consoles, sportboats, runabouts, cruisers and sportfishing boats. With a strong presence in New Zealand and Australia, the company is looking to expand into the U.S. market,…more

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E-newsletter series: Today’s Boat Buyers

Starting tomorrow and leading up to the start of the Miami International Boat Show next Thursday, Trade Only Today will present a five-part series titled: “Today’s Boat Buyer.” Each day we will feature a different person or couple who recently purchased a boat, and their reasons for buying in this challenging market. Tomorrow, you will…more

Soundings magazine debuts redesigned Web site

Soundings, the award-winning news, features and how-to magazine for recreational boaters, recently launched a redesigned Web site. The new design allows for easier navigation, and features improved search capabilities. Visitors will find the same informative stories, commentary and expert advice, as well as a used-boat search tool. The site now includes videos, audio clips and…more

Sailing Company breakfast slated for Miami

The Sailing Company will host its 15th annual State of the Industry research breakfast during Strictly Sail Miami. The event will be held Feb. 13 at the Hard Rock Café in Miami’s Bayside Marketplace. Everyone is welcome, and Sail America members can attend for free. The breakfast starts at 8 a.m., and the presentation will…more

California boat show expects a boost in April

Producers of the 36th annual Newport Boat Show promise a buyer’s market when the show returns April 15-19 to Lido Marina Village in Newport Beach, Calif. With boatbuilders cutting prices and offering creative incentives, boat shoppers will find unprecedented low prices, according to Duncan McIntosh Co., which produces the show. Plus, dealers are offering their…more

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