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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.

NOAA seeks input on whale-strike rule

The Fisheries Service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is seeking comment on the final environmental impact statement for the Ship Strike Reduction Rule. The rule aims to reduce the number of endangered North Atlantic right whales injured or killed by collisions with ships. The final EIS contains six alternatives, including NOAA’s preferred alternative…more

Analyst: Brunswick not out of the woods

Brunswick Corp. stock has been rising over the last month-and-a-half, from a 52-week low of $9.66 July 14 to $13.79 last week. But the company’s woes may not be over, according to an analysis posted on SeekingAlpha.com. The report points to several factors contributing to the boatbuilder’s financial problems: a continuing slump in the U.S.…more

West Marine founder plans to buy up more company stock

West Marine founder, chairman and largest shareholder, Randy Repass, has set up a plan to repurchase a large portion of the company’s stock. Repass set up a buying plan with RBC Capital to add to his holdings of 6.3 million shares, which represent 28.8 percent of West Marine shares outstanding, according to a report in…more

Changing places

Palladium Technologies of Fort Lauderdale has appointed Bill McLaren senior sales consultant, responsible for generating leads, customer service and order processing for all domestic accounts. McLaren, a native of Ontario, has more than 40 years of experience in the marine industry. He began his career in the family business, owning and operating several marinas in…more

NMMA postpones Liberty Boat Show

The National Marine Manufacturers Association says it will postpone the Liberty Boat Show until Oct. 1-4, 2009, in an effort to provide a stronger show for exhibitors. It had been scheduled for Sept. 25-28, 2008. The decision to postpone was made after discussions with exhibitors, who agreed to push the show back because of current…more

Fountain gets listing extension from Amex

The American Stock Exchange has given Fountain Powerboat Industries an extension to regain compliance for continued listing on the exchange. Amex notified the Washington, N.C., boatbuilder in June that it was not in compliance with one of Amex’s standards for continued listing. The notice stated that the company had “sustained losses which are so substantial…more

Changing places

Prentice Weathers has joined the sales team at Morris Yachts in Bass Harbor, Maine. “As the demand for Morris Yachts and our line continues to grow, it is important to grow our sales force as well,” said Cuyler Morris, president of Morris Yachts, in a statement. “Prent’s experience in our market, his extensive sailing experience,…more

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Max Power Compact Retract thruster

Max Power says its new Compact Retract thruster eliminates the problem of reduced turning-moment performance found in traditional tunnel-style thrusters, which cannot be installed as far forward in the hull as possible to reach necessary immersion depth. The Max Power thruster retracts when not in use and leaves clean hull lines with no impact on…more

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Ultra 7.0 Washdown Pump

Jabsco of Santa Ana, Calif., has a new high-pressure Ultra 7.0 Washdown Pump designed to provide the highest pressure and flow rates for fast and easy cleaning of boats and docks. With the included 35-amp main breaker, this washdown system can be installed on almost any boat without the need for extensive rewiring, according to…more

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Snapper Remote Control Boat Latch

EPCO Products, a Fort Wayne, Ind.-based manufacturer of bow and stern eyes for the marine industry, has introduced the Snapper Remote Control Boat Latch. One person can use the remote control to release the boat from the trailer and, when returning, activate the Snapper latching device for a smooth hook up. The Snapper Boat Latch…more

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