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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.

Boating is an antidote for tough times

The best way to escape from all the negative news about the economy these days is to go boating. That’s the message behind Barb Hansen’s latest “View from the Marina” column. In the column — Boating: For a Brighter View of Life — Hansen talks about how even a short ride across the harbor in…more

MRAA calls on government to ‘thaw’ marine credit freeze

The Marine Retailers Association of America is adding its voice to the chorus of business groups asking government leaders to help “thaw the credit freeze,” specifically on dealer floorplans and consumer boat loans. The MRAA recently sent a letter to Secretary of the Treasury Henry M. Paulson Jr. and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke…more

Palmer Johnson plans expansion

Palmer Johnson Yachts is planning to expand production into other parts of Wisconsin and in Michigan. The yacht builder has outgrown its plant in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., despite recent additions there, according to a report in the Green Bay Press Gazette. The company plans to set up satellite operations to ease space constraints and address…more

Broward College garners $100,000 for new marine program

The Broward College Foundation recently received $100,000 in donations for the new Broward College Marine Engineering Management Program. Joe Charles, president of Charles Industries, and the Marine Industries Association of South Florida each presented a check for $50,000 during a ceremony at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show last week. The foundation is trying to…more

Fountain board member resigns

Anthony A. Sarandes resigned from the Fountain Powerboat Industries’ board of directors for “personal business reasons,” according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The resignation, dated Oct. 27, was effective immediately. As a result, Fountain has reduced the number of board members to six and has withdrawn Sarandes from nomination for re-election…more

Changing Places

Michael T. Moore was named chairman of the International SeaKeepers Society, succeeding retiring chairman Donald R. Tomlin. “Michael’s long involvement with the board means he knows the history of the society,” Tomlin said in a statement. “He is the ideal choice to keep the International SeaKeepers Society strong and focused.” Moore, of the Miami-based law…more

Chris-Craft temporarily halting production

Chris-Craft is stopping production at its Manatee, Fla,. plant for approximately six weeks, beginning in November. The Sarasota, Fla.-based boatbuilder plans a staggered stop-and-start to “maximize the number of boats that we’re completing,” Meghan Stout, director of marketing and communications, told Soundings Trade Only this morning. “We’re stopping the production for two reasons. Obviously the…more

Awards handed out at Fort Lauderdale show

FORT LAUDERDALE — A number of companies and industry professionals received awards this week at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, including the inaugural industry marketing competition and the Boating Writers International grand prize. Marine Marketers of America held a luncheon Thursday afternoon to announce the results of the association’s first North American marketing competition.…more

Polynova Composites signs licensing agreement

Milford, Mass.-based Polynova Composites entered into a licensing agreement with Scott & Fyfe to develop the companies’ current and future product lines. “Technologically advanced textiles are the hallmark of both companies,” said Michael Schwartz, Polynova’s COO. “The Polybeam technology at the heart of this agreement streamlines closed-mould processing and enhances product performance.” Scott & Fyfe…more

Dealer Digest

Hunter Marine named SouthEast Sailing and Yachts of St. Augustine, Fla., its new dealer for northeastern Florida, coastal Georgia and southern South Carolina. SouthEast Sailing and Yachts is owned and managed by Hunt Bowman, Judy Ginn, Mike Dolan and Barbara Dolan. The company will handle Hunter’s full line, from the 140 daysailer to the new…more

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