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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.

YBAA extends registration discount

Because of the economic climate, the Yacht Brokers Association of America is extending the early registration discount for its conference throughout the entire registration period. The YBAA International Conference of Professional Yacht Brokers is set for Feb. 22-24 at the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute, near Baltimore. The keynote speaker is Sgt. Matt Eversmann, who…more

Laborde picks M&D for equipment support

Laborde Products appointed M&D Distributors to provide fuel-injection equipment support for Mitsubishi and FPT/Iveco diesel engines. Based in Houston, M&D Distributors has been a diesel engine parts specialist for 66 years. “M&D has been a leader in the diesel fuel injection industry for manufacturers such as Bosch, Denso, Zexel, Stanadyne and others,” said M&D vice…more

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Genmar’s FinCraft debuts in Minneapolis

Genmar introduced its 17-foot FinCraft last week at the Minneapolis Boat Show. It’s the first model in a new line of entry-level fiberglass fishing boats. “Too many boatbuilders have walked away from the entry level market, or they offer a low-priced boat, but it’s a stripped-down, no-frills model,” said Genmar chairman Irwin Jacobs at the…more

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Changing Places

Douglas Thompson was appointed president and CEO of Mattapoisett, Mass.-based Watch Captain. “The software experience and management skills Doug brings to Watch Captain will help propel the company forward,” said Charles Bascom, founder and board chairman, in a statement. “I am very pleased to have Doug at the helm as we enter the next phase…more

Huizenga: All is not bad in marine industry

It’s a tough marketplace out there right now, but it still offers some unique opportunities, said Wayne Huizenga Jr. in his keynote address at the International Marina and Boatyard Conference today in Fort Lauderdale. “It’s not all bad, but you’re going to have to think differently,” said Huizenga, chairman of Rybovich, the Palm Beach, Fla.,…more

Great Lakes boating pioneer dies

Jim Sima, an icon in the Ohio marine industry, died last week at the age of 82. He founded Sima Motors Corp. in 1953 in Maple Heights, Ohio, and expanded the business into boat sales under the Sima Marine Sales banner in 1956. During his more than 50 years in the industry, Sima was a…more

Morningstar purchases Jacksonville Marina

Morningstar Properties acquired Jacksonville Marina as part of its joint venture with Harrison Street Real Estate Capital, according to the Florida Times-Union. The marina is the fourth marina joint venture between Matthews, N.C.-based Morningstar and Chicago-based Harrison Street and the 10th in the Morningstar Marinas portfolio. Morningstar announced plans to dredge, replace the bulkhead, install…more

U.S. Yacht Shows adds to Bay Bridge event

United States Yacht Shows added a new Outdoor Living component to the Bay Bridge Boat Show, scheduled for April 23-26 at Stevensville on Kent Island, Md. This “show within the show” will feature cartop boats to introduce non-boaters to entry level, affordable and green boating. “The section will feature not only kayaks, canoes, small daysailers…more

Shurflo acquires Ambassador line

Shurflo, the Cyprus, Calif.-based manufacturer of pumps and systems, purchased the Ambassador line of stainless steel and glass vessel sinks, drains and accessories. Starting next week, the Ambassador Marine sink program will be part of the Shurflo family of marine plumbing products and will be known as the Shurflo Marine Sink program. Ambassador’s principles, Scott…more

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Beneteau USA hits milestone

Beneteau USA recently built hull No. 7,000 at its factory in Marion, S. C. “This significant achievement is a testament to the craftsmanship and diligence of all the hundreds of team members at our plant,” said Wayne L. Burdick, president of Beneteau USA. “Through their talents and perseverance, Beneteau USA has been able to reach…more

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