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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.

Changing places

Yamaha Marine Group appoints Bill Boehman general manager of Precision Propeller Industries.   Yamaha Marine Group has appointed Bill Boehman as general manager of Precision Propeller Industries, the Indianapolis-based company Yamaha acquired last month.   Effective immediately, Boehman will be responsible for managing PPI’s day-to-day business operations and its 80 employees. He will report to…more

Skeeter unveils regional training sessions

Skeeter Products of Kilgore, Texas, is introducing Skeeter University, a series of dealer training sessions with an emphasis on marketing, sales, product and business operations. Skeeter University includes five regional stops: Albany, N.Y., Sept. 15-17; Frisco, Texas, Sept. 29-Oct. 1; Madison, Wis., Oct. 8-10; Murfreesboro, Tenn., Nov. 17-19 and Tampa, Fla., Dec. 3-5.   “Skeeter…more

Chris-Craft sheds 85 employees in N.C., Fla.

Chris-Craft Corp. laid off about 85 employees last week — half in North Carolina and half in Florida — in anticipation of fewer orders from dealers. “We have slowed all of our lines across the board,” spokeswoman Meghan Stout told Soundings Trade Only this morning. “Our dealers are very cautious for the coming year.” The…more

NMMA adds houseboat feature to Louisville show

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is introducing a new houseboat-specific feature at the 2009 Louisville Boat, RV & Sportshow, taking place Jan. 24-Feb. 1 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. The new section will feature the latest in houseboats and related gear, equipment and services. The area will have its own entrance and set…more

Glastron has three models on “Best Buy” list

The August 2008 issue of Consumers Digest magazine has recognized three models from Glastron as “Best Buys in Powerboats.” On average, a Consumers Digest Best Buy rating is awarded to fewer than 3 percent of the competing models in any given product category. In the runabout category, six Best Buy certificates were awarded this year…more

Spending up in June, increased job losses in July

Consumer spending increased 0.6 percent in June, even though disposable income fell 1.9 percent. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate climbed to 5.7 percent in July. Personal consumption expenditures increased $57.1 billion in June, according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Commerce. This compares to a 0.8 percent increase in May. Personal income…more

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Changing places

Bear Enthusiast Marketing Group of Westlake Village, Calif., hired Travis Arnesen as an account coordinator. He will help develop and execute strategic public relations initiatives for Bear’s clients. In his previous roles at Paige Poulos Communications and the Dyer Sheehan Group, Arnesen provided marketing, public relations, event coordination and strategic account management support while working…more

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Navigation: A new world

The high-tech gizmos are more affordable and easy to use, and are giving dealers more to offer buyers It sounds like covert military intelligence lingo, or perhaps it was part of the dialog in a James Bond film. But terms like thermal imaging, 3-D images with satellite-photo fusion and touch screens no longer are bantered…more

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Trade Only debuts its new Web site

Soundings Trade Only launched its redesigned Web site at www.tradeonlytoday.com. The user-friendly site provides visitors with multiple options to quickly access information. The new, robust home page offers visitors a broad view of what makes up Soundings Trade Only, including more photos, feature stories, columns, new products, the Dealer Outlook blog and more. In addition,…more

NMMA, Sail America agree to new partnership

The National Marine Manufacturers Association and Sail America have restructured their affiliation agreement. Under the new partnership, Sail America will continue to function as a separate legal entity and will maintain its own dedicated staff, board of directors and committees. Sail America will be responsible for endorsing and promoting sail-focused boat shows, developing outreach programs…more

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