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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.

Wachovia raises Brunswick’s earnings estimate

Analysts at Wachovia Capital Markets are raising their earnings estimates for Brunswick Corp., following last week’s report from the boatbuilder’s largest customer, MarineMax. MarineMax reported a $108 million drop in revenue and a net loss of $113.3 million for its third quarter ending June 30. The retailer also said it plans to order about 40…more

Changing places

Laborde Products of Covington, La., expands its territory with the addition of a new salesman. Stan Shelton joins the Laborde team as an outside salesman for the company’s marine and industrial products. He will be covering the territory north of Tennessee, where the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers meet. Returning to the marine engine market after…more

NOAA sees chance of even more hurricanes

In the August update to the Atlantic hurricane season outlook, the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center increased the likelihood of an above-normal hurricane season and raised the total number of named storms and hurricanes that may form. NOAA now projects an 85 percent probability of an above-normal season — up from 65…more

BoatU.S. adds to its safety grant total

Celebrating 20 years and an $800,000 milestone, the BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water set aside another $50,000 to help neighborhood groups develop innovative projects that promote safe boating on local waterways. Grants of up to $4,000 are available to local community organizations and non-profit groups for boating safety projects. Applications are due Nov.…more

Fuel prices lead to fewer boat trips, poll says

Three out of four boat owners say high fuel prices will cause them to take shorter trips or go boating less often, according to a nationwide poll commissioned by Mad Mariner, an independent online magazine for boaters. The Mad Mariner poll queried 400 boat owners on a range of topics from the impact of fuel…more

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Changing places

Industry veteran Doug Sanders joined ComMar Sales, the Tiverton, R.I.-based marine manufacturer’s representative group, as a representative for the Gulf Coast states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He will also represent select and limited electronics manufacturers in the Great Lakes/Midwest areas. ComMar president Tim Conroy, in a statement, said, “Both our manufacturers and customers…more

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Yamaha Marine propeller lines

Yamaha Marine will broaden its propeller offerings, adding a variety of pitches, diameters and designs to meet the needs of the growing application potential for its outboards. The three new propeller lines are constructed of stainless steel and will be available to boatbuilders and dealers later this year. The XL4 line is designed for Yamaha’s…more

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Vision 4 Battery Monitor

Increasingly complex onboard electrical systems designed to support the latest navigational, weather, communication and entertainment devices require a strong and steady supply of DC current. The new Vision 4 Battery Monitor from Scandvik Marine has a digital filter to block out false readings that can be caused by engine startup, fuse faults, unballasting and other…more

NMRA unveils new officers, board members

The National Marine Representatives Association announced its 2008-2009 officers and board members during the association’s annual meeting at the recent Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show in Las Vegas. The new president of the organization is Tim Luehmann of SM Osgood Co. in Eden Prairie, Minn. Norm MacLeod of ComMar Sales, Tiverton, R.I., steps into the…more

Changing places

Imtra, a New Bedford, Mass.-based importer and manufacturer of marine products and advanced LED solutions, appointed a new lighting engineer, Mike Moriarty. Moriarty will work closely with vendors on product design and development, ensuring application goals and seamless manufacturing. Imtra says Moriarty will add speed and flexibility to the company’s lighting product development and ensure…more

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