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.


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


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

L.A. boat show reports solid turnout

Organizers of the Los Angeles Boat Show say sales results from opening weekend exceeded expectations. “We’re happy,” said Scott Driesbach, COO of Advantage Boats, in a statement. “It’s been a long six months, and sales have been the slowest we’ve seen in our 25-year history.” “But after this Saturday and Sunday, we’re feeling much better…more

Cruisers shuts down for February

Cruisers Yachts, of Oconto, Wis., is ceasing production for a month because of the economy, according to an AP report in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. KCS International president Jim Viestenz told AP that employees were placed on unemployment and notified that the return date is tentatively scheduled for early March. In recent years, the company…more


Today’s Boat Buyer: Part III

Bob and Linda Coleman were looking for a boat they can retire on — something that would accommodate their large extended family, including 10 grandchildren. The Colemans, first-time boaters from Kingsville, Md., bought an Outer Reef 63 at PassageMaker magazine’s Trawler Fest in Stuart, Fla., in January. “The timing was perfect with the economy,” says…more


Today’s Boat Buyer: Part II

Michael Boudreau bought a Pursuit C 310 with twin 250-hp Yamaha 4-strokes from Striper Marine in Barrington , R.I. , in January. He bought the center console after looking at one at the Hartford (Conn.) Boat Show. “We had seen the Pursuits online, but my wife, Jeannie, and I wanted to see one for ourselves,”…more

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