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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.

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

Judges named for Innovation Awards

The National Marine Manufacturers Association and Boating Writers International have announced the judges for this year’s Miami Innovation Awards, presented this week during the Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail Miami. The awards will be presented from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. Thursday in meeting room A101/102 of the Miami Beach Convention Center. The judges committee…more

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Changing Places

Beth Rosenberg was named associate editor of Soundings Trade Only. Rosenberg, who has been with the publication for more than three years, has more than 15 years of journalism experience at newspapers, magazines, trade associations and other media outlets. Prior to joining Trade Only, Rosenberg was an assistant editor at the National Collegiate Athletic Association.…more

D.C. boat show postponed until next year

Organizers of the Washington Boat Show have cancelled this year’s event, and plan to hold it again Feb. 11-15, 2010. The show had been scheduled for Feb. 19-22 at the Washington (D.C.) Convention Center. “I just felt that the economy was such that it wasn’t the time to hold the boat show in Washington, D.C.,…more

Louisiana, Wisconsin report success from RBFF program

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources have had successful first-year results from the state direct-mail marketing program, a nationwide effort from the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation. The direct mail initiative is a three-year program designed to identify and target lapsed anglers and increase fishing license sales. In…more

Latitude Industries will restructure, seek new markets

Latitude Industries is reorganizing the company to build shareholder value and help weather the recession, the company announced. Latitude Industries will keep Latitude Powerboats as its wholly owned subsidiary, continue research and development on an entry-level line of boats, hire a public relations firm to increase market share and introduce the product to new markets,…more

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