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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.

Burnewiin picks Ocean Equipment for U.S. distribution

Ocean Equipment of Irvine, Calif., was appointed exclusive U.S. distributor for Burnewiin, the Hood River, Ore.-based manufacturer of gunwale mounts and accessories. “Burnewiin is a valuable addition to our family of innovative marine products,” said Rob Walsh, Ocean Equipment president, in a statement. Burnewiin’s Universal Mount System installs in the boat’s gunwales and allows boaters…more

Changing Places

Ted Jones was named vice president of Albury Brothers Boats. He will head up all day-to-day operations. Jones has more than 38 years of experience in the marine industry. He founded the Sundance Marine chain of South Florida dealerships, spent 15-plus years with Hydra-Sports in manufacturing, and most recently spent five years with multistore dealerships…more

IBEX producers report strong interest

Producers of the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference are reporting strong preregistration for the trade show, which opens Monday. The numbers are slightly off from last year’s record figures, but given the current economic climate, IBEX co-director Carl Cramer says he is “pleased to see such a strong preshow indicator for our numbers.” Cramer said…more

AFI founder Kitchen dies at 69

John C. “Jack” Kitchen, considered a marine industry leader, innovator and pioneer, died Sept. 28 at the age of 69. “Jack was an industry icon for many years,” John Tinghitella, vice president of sales for Marinco Electrical Group, told Soundings Trade Only. Kitchen was one of the founders of American Foreign Industries, now part of…more

New marketing firm serving the marine industry

Marketing firm Pro Lead Management is offering a written guarantee to help manufacturers and dealers improve business through innovative lead management strategies. “We design and execute turnkey lead management programs incorporating proven best practices to generate, capture and convert more leads into sales — guaranteed,” said Evan Davis, who recently launched the Huntersville, N.C.-based company,…more

NBSAC will meet in Arlington, Va.

The National Boating Safety Advisory Council and its subcommittees will meet in Arlington, Va., next month. NBSAC will meet Nov. 1 from 8 to 11:30 a.m., and Nov. 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Prevention through People subcommittee will meet Nov. 1 from 1 to 5 p.m. The Recreational Boating Safety Strategic Planning…more

ABYC updates seminar schedule

An updated 2008 schedule of certification and seminar courses is now posted on the American Boat & Yacht Council Web site. The schedule lists dates, locations and course descriptions, and includes the newly revised A/C & Refrigeration Certification and recently updated Diesel Engine & Support Systems Certification course. Some courses for 2009 also are listed.…more

Westlawn debuts design competition

The Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology announces a new boat design competition. The contest — held in conjunction with PassageMaker magazine and sponsored by Imtra Marine Lighting, with matching funds from the American Boat and Yacht Council — is similar to Westlawn’s sailboat design competitions. However, this challenge aims to find a trawler design that…more

Yachting magazine wins design award

Yachting magazine won a gold medal for design excellence in Folio: magazine’s annual Eddie and Ozzie Awards competition. Folio: announced the winners of the Eddie Awards for Editorial Excellence and Ozzie Awards for Magazine Design in Chicago last week. Yachting won a Gold Ozzie for Best Feature Design for “Rescue in the Southern Ocean” in…more

BoatU.S. safety grant deadline is Nov. 1

The deadline to apply for the BoatU.S. Foundation’s Boating Safety Grant program is less than a month away. The program offers grants up to $4,000 for boating safety projects, with a total of $50,000 available. While all applications will be considered, those that incorporate new ideas that focus on reducing alcohol-related fatalities will be given…more

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