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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.

MBIA honors Pride of Michigan captain

The Michigan Boating Industries Association will present its 2009 Mayor’s Cup award to Lt. Cmdr. Luke Clyburn, captain of the Pride of Michigan. Clyburn is founder and president of the Noble Odyssey Foundation, which supports the training of the Great Lakes Division Sea Cadets. MBIA says Clyburn has a long history of training Sea Cadets…more

Palm Beach show now at one location

The Palm Beach International Boat Show, scheduled for March 26-29, will be held at an expanded location this year. “Our new lease with the City of West Palm Beach includes expanding the show all the way to the Royal Park Bridge, making it possible to accommodate all of the boats and exhibits that were previously…more

Changing Places

Veteran marine journalist and blogger Ben Ellison was named senior electronics editor for Bonnier Marine Group. “After years of hands-on reporting through his widely acclaimed Panbo.com blog and in several leading marine publications, Ben has earned a deserved reputation as a highly regarded journalist in the field of marine electronics,” said David Ritchie, editorial director…more

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VIDEO: Where old boats go to die Part II

Judging by reader reaction to Friday’s video of derelict boats meeting their demise, we’re not the only ones with a latent frustration toward the problem of abandoned vessels cluttering our shores. One reader even directed us to a site where we could find more footage of old boats meeting their end. SSI Shredding Systems is…more

Fountain reports drop in 2Q sales

Fountain Powerboat Industries today reported a 61 percent drop in net sales for its fiscal 2009 second quarter due to the continuing downturn in marine sales that accelerated during the quarter ending Dec. 31. “The global economic downturn, finance industry collapse and stock market crash had [a] significant detrimental effect on marine markets during the…more

Mad Mariner to manage ads for Panbo blog

Mad Mariner was contracted to manage advertising sales and placement for Panbo, a marine technology blog owned and edited by Ben Ellison. Ellison is a longtime electronics editor for a variety of marine magazines. He has been editing the Panbo blog for the last four years. “Managing the needs and desires of the companies that…more

Record number of manatees reported

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission counted a record number of manatees during its annual synoptic survey conducted two weeks ago. A team of 21 observers counted 2,153 manatees on Florida’s Atlantic Coast and 1,654 on the Gulf Coast of the state, for a total of 3,807. That tops the previous high count from…more

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VTE Tab-Type Busbar

VTE Inc. has introduced a new busbar design with push-on connections. Busbars are a vital part of any electrical system, but traditional units can be difficult to mount. The VTE Tab-Type Busbar installs on average 255 percent faster than fork-type and 340 percent faster than ring-terminal-type connections, according to Pellston, Mich.-based VTE. The device is…more

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Double Black Diamond

Edson Marine added a new style to its Diamond Series lightweight aluminum racing wheels for sailboats. The Double Black Diamond has a new six-spoke configuration. The spokes are paired, giving the skipper better access to, and visibility of, the vessel’s electronic displays, according to Chuck Gilchrest, sales manager for Edson’s marine division. Available in a…more

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No. 1 story of 2008? Do you have to ask?

The new year is the time those of us in the news business look back on the previous year’s events and reflect on which had the biggest impact. Unfortunately, choosing the No. 1 story of 2008 from a marine industry perspective wasn’t all that difficult. In the words former Clinton political strategist James Carville used…more

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