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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.

MotorBoating hands out 2008 honors

The editors of MotorBoating recently announced the winners of the magazine’s 2008 “Best of the Year” awards. All winners appear in the February issue and will be honored at a private reception at the Miami International Boat Show. “Our Best of the Year awards recognize the absolute best, the top, the true innovators and trendsetters of…more

AMI names new officers, directors

The Association of Marina Industries elected its 2009 officers and directors at the recent International Marina & Boatyard Conference. Jim Frye, CMM, of Westrec Marinas, will serve his second term as president and chair of the AMI board. Chris McSparen, CMM, of Skipper Marine Development, was named vice-president; Mick Bettesworth, CMM, of Marina Developments LLC, was…more

Zodiac offering trade-ins on jet-tenders

Zodiac of North America announced a trade-in program for Avon and Zodiac jet-tenders that aims to move toward more environmentally friendly 4-stroke models. The trade-in program, Jet Set 5000, guarantees owners of Avon and Zodiac jet-tenders $5,000 for their trade to upgrade to a new 4-stroke model. “Our new 4-stroke jet-tenders represent the latest technology,…more

Strictly Sail Chicago releases attendance figures

Nearly 20,000 people attended this year’s Strictly Sail Chicago show, organizers said, down only 2 percent from last year’s show. The annual show was held Jan. 29-Feb. 1 at Navy Pier and showcased nearly 150 sailboats, hundreds of accessory booths and more than 200 educational seminars. “Strictly Sail Chicago 2009 was a tremendous success from both…more

Maryland legislation could give industry a boost

A Maryland lawmaker is proposing two bills in his state to help the struggling marine industry. State Sen. John Astle, D-Annapolis, is sponsoring a bill to make marinas and boatyards eligible for property tax credits and another that would authorize grants from the state’s Waterway Improvement Fund to support the Maryland Clean Marina program, according…more

IYRS will host career day later this month

The International Yacht Restoration School in Newport, R.I., is hosting its annual Marine Industry Career Day Feb. 28. Attendees can learn about training programs and hiring needs, identify skills needed by the industry, and attend seminars on such topics as how to make a career change to the boating business and how to find funding sources…more

Maritime General adds to yacht coverage

Maritime General Agency, program administrator for the New Hampshire Insurance Company, says all new yacht policies written for vessels 27 feet and larger will be issued with an endorsement adding Marine Assist Services and Accidental Death & Dismemberment. The additional coverage is effective immediately at no additional cost. Effective March 1, existing NHIC yacht policies…more

Fountain now trading on Pink Sheets

Fountain Powerboat Industries started trading on Pink Sheets under the symbol FPWB. As of this morning, the stock was trading at 12 cents per share. Recently, the company was notified its stock would be suspended from trading on NYSE Alternext US, successor to the American Stock Exchange, and executives decided not to appeal that decision.…more

Changing Places

YachtWorld.com and Boats.com named John Burnham editorial director. Burnham, former editor of Cruising World magazine, will represent the Web sites at the Miami International Boat Show, providing event coverage through the new Boats.com blog. While Boats.com editorial will cover a variety of boating topics, YachtWorld.com will initially promote education and discussion in a special brokers-only…more

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Today’s Boat Buyer: Part IV

South Florida resident Andy Newman was considering a repower for his 1996 Aquasport 225 Osprey. He had bought the boat, equipped with twin 200-hp Johnson 2-strokes, in 1999. “[It] served me pretty well up until last spring,” says Newman, 53, a public relations executive. “When gas began climbing through the roof, the Osprey was really…more

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