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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.

Bombardier reacts to economic climate

Bombardier Recreational Products, manufacturer of Evinrude outboards and Sea-Doo PWC, announced sweeping changes to deal with the economic recession, including job cuts and reducing overall production. The Quebec-based company said about 550 administrative/professional jobs will be eliminated, 80 percent of which will take place this month and another 20 percent during the next nine months.…more

Changing Places

David Goehring was named president of Nordic Tugs, following the death of president/CEO Jim Cress. Gary Miller will serve as chairman of the board of directors. A 14-year veteran of the marine industry, Goehring most recently served as executive vice-president of Burlington, Wash.-based Nordic Tugs, where he ran day-to-day operations for the company since 2005.…more

Florida working to clarify mooring regulations

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has directed staff to proceed with submitting draft legislation that will create a pilot program to test anchoring and mooring regulations in various parts of the state. The commission gave the directive at its meeting last week. Public access sites for boaters have diminished because of development of…more

Gensets to be modified after CO death

A houseboat vendor on Lake Powell said it would retrofit the generators on about 50 houseboats after finding a design flaw that may have contributed to a carbon monoxide-related death last summer, The Salt Lake Tribune reports. Investigators from the National Park Service and the Coast Guard discovered the design and alarm issues after the…more

MBIA inducts board chairman into Hall of Fame

John Hatfield, of Howe Interlakes Marine, was recently inducted into the Michigan Boating Industry Association Hall of Fame. Hatfield is chairman of the 2008 MBIA board of directors and president of the Recreational Boating Industries Educational Foundation. He has served the association for more than 20 years. Hatfield’s long history in serving on the MBIA’s…more

NMMA seeks extension of operating-loss allowance

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is leading a 71-member coalition urging Congress to extend the net operating loss carryback period to five years from the current two-year allowance. A net operating loss is a period when a company’s expenses exceed its profits, resulting in negative taxable income. Currently, a company can use its NOL to…more

Marine Web award nominations sought

Boats.com, a division of Dominion Enterprises, and the National Marine Manufacturers Association, are accepting nominations for the 2009 North American Marine Industry Web Awards. The awards are designed to recognize companies that lead the North American marine industry’s drive toward higher standards of excellence in Web site design and content. Awards will be given in…more

MDRA hands out boat-design scholarships

Design-art students and their respective schools will share $30,000 in scholarships for their 2007-2008 winning entries in the annual Marine Design Resource Alliance Boating Leaders Scholarship Program. Art Center College of Design student Adam Voorhees captured top prize of a $25,000 Pinnacle Scholarship for a futuristic design of a 12-Meter class runabout that embraces advance…more

Cruising World magazine mourns death of founder

Cruising World magazine founder Murray Lloyd Davis died Dec. 4 at age 80. Davis founded Cruising World 35 years ago and sold it to The New York Times in 1984. It is currently owned by Bonnier Corp, of Winter Park, Fla. Before starting the magazine in the attic of his house in downtown Newport, R.I.,…more

Coast Guard extends comment period on passenger-vessel proposal

The Coast Guard is extending the period in which to submit comments on its proposed changes to regulations governing the stability of passenger vessels and the maximum number of passengers that may safely be permitted on board a vessel. The deadline is now Feb. 6, 2009. This will allow interested parties time to consider the…more

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