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.

Dockscape rolls out customer-relations services

Dockscape, a new company that specializes in electronic communications solutions for the marine industry, launched a Web-based service designed to help companies strengthen customer relations and grow their businesses. The service allows yard and marina operators to produce a range of professional online communications, from e-newsletters to customer bulletins and promotions. The goal is to…more

Changing Places

Seattle-based YachtWorld.com and Boats.com have appointed two new field sales managers: Tony Bessinger in the Northeast and Scott Rhodes in the Mid-Atlantic. Bessinger previously was the electronics editor for Cruising World, Sailing World and Power Cruising magazines, as well as director of Sailing World’s Boat of the Year Competition and associate editor of Sailing World…more

The ‘R’ word is now official

The United States has been in recession since last December, confirming what many already have thought about the economy. When the economy peaked in December 2007, it marked the end of the expansion that began in November 2001, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research. The expansion lasted 73 months, compared to the 120-month…more

Watercraft Innovations moves to Fort Myers

Watercraft Innovations moved its headquarters to Fort Myers, Fla., nearly tripling its space compared to its location in Cape Coral, Fla. “This new facility allows us to continue to develop innovative products and offer faster delivery times to better serve our customers,” company president Paul Grzebielucha said in a statement. The Fort Myers location includes…more

Eleven-year-old wins junior angler award

Christian Fischer, son of professional angler Ozzie Fischer from Team Century, is following in his father’s footsteps with his recent award from the Southern Kingfish Association as National Junior Angler of the Year. The father/son duo, fishing as team Wolcott Marine, competed in the SKA’s Division 11, which features three tournaments in southwest Florida. The…more

Assessing a vessel’s environmental impact

A consortium of businesses in France has developed a new method of “eco-design” tooling that tracks a vessel’s impact on the environment throughout its life cycle. Project Sustainable Ship Design evaluates everything from the vessel’s construction materials and assembly at the yard to its use, maintenance and eventual dismantling. The assessment follows specific criteria, including…more

Oil prices tumble again

Oil prices fell more than $4 a barrel today following an announcement that OPEC will hold off on production cuts for at least another two weeks. U.S. crude for January delivery dropped $4.13 to $50.30 a barrel after today’s announcement, according to a report from CNNmoney.com. This compares to a high of $147.27 in July.…more

MRAA honors three who helped pass Clean Boating Act

The Marine Retailers Association of America recently honored U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), and Reps. James Oberstar (D-Minn.) and Steven LaTourette (R-Ohio) with its annual Legislative Awards. The awards were presented during the MRAA’s annual convention last month in Las Vegas. The MRAA says the three legislators were instrumental in the passage of the Clean…more

West Marine grand opening in Key Largo this weekend

West Marine will hold a grand opening celebration Dec. 6-7 for its newly expanded and remodeled store in Key Largo, Fla. The store expanded from 11,000 to 18,000 square feet and includes more product offerings in the core areas of electronics, fishing, maintenance and engine systems. The grand opening will include seminars on offshore fishing…more

CWR Electronics says promotions were a success

CWR Electronics reported that two sales promotions offered last month were a “huge success.” The Bayville, N.J.-based marine electronics distributor partnered with UPS to offer free ground freight for the first three weeks of November, providing dealers relief from rising shipping costs and helping jump-start sales for the holiday season, according to the distributor. In…more

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