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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.

Century’s 2350DC wins design award

Century Boat Co. of Panama City, Fla., won a 2009 Excellence in Design award from Trailer Boats magazine for its 2350DC dual console. According to the magazine, “Dual console models must function as both big-water sportfishers and family boats. The trick is to make it work well in both roles, and Century has succeeded with…more

TMP named Northeast rep for Nettle Net

A Fresh Tack LLC of Severna Park, Md., named TMP Marine to represent the company’s Nettle Net Boat Pools in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The portable pools can be deployed from boats or docks to keep swimmers free from stinging sea nettles and jellyfish. The Nettle Net flotation ring is…more

Summer gas prices expected to stay under $2

For those who may worry that gasoline prices will climb back up to more than $4 a gallon this spring and summer — the height of the boating season for many states — take heart. The Energy Information Administration, which provides official energy statistics from the U.S. government, recently issued a report indicating that gasoline…more

Mass. waterfront property available for lease

The town of Scituate, Mass., has cleared the way for private investment in Scituate Marine Park to preserve the harbor’s maritime heritage and provide recreational, commercial and public access to the waterfront. The boatyard portion of the property will be leased from May 15 to Oct. 15, and an additional 33,800 square feet from Oct.…more

Great Lakes group wants recreation-friendly EPA head

The Great Lakes Boating Federation is urging the U.S. Senate to make sure recreational boating interests are a top priority for Lisa Jackson, President-elect Obama’s choice as administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency. Specifically, dredging and infrastructure funding should be directed toward recreational boaters rather than commercial shipping, according to Ned Dikman, chairman of the…more

Michigan releases Great Lakes investment plan

After six months of development, the MI Great Lakes Plan was officially released this week by Lt. Gov. John Cherry and the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes. The plan was launched following recommendations from the Michigan United Conservation Clubs in its report, “Michigan’s Role in Great Lakes Protection and Restoration.” The MUCC was instrumental…more

Ranger, BRP teaming up for sales promotion

Ranger Boats is partnering with BRP to offer an extended warranty and low consumer financing for Ranger boats powered by new, unused 2009 model year and earlier Evinrude E-TEC engines 40-hp and above. The retail promotion, which runs through April 15, is part of the engine maker’s 100th anniversary sales event. It will be supported…more

Blue Heron wins PR contract

Blue Heron Communications of Norman, Okla., was named the agency of record for portions of The Coleman Co. Inc.’s products. These include Stearns, Hodgman, Mad Dog Gear, SOSpenders and Sevylor. Blue Heron will serve as the day-to-day point of contact for all media inquiries regarding the brand family, while executing marketing and public relations tactics…more

Genmar says layoffs are not ‘imminent’

A recent newspaper report concerning layoffs at Genmar’s boatbuilding operations in Little Falls, Minn., has been disputed by the head of the Larson, Glastron and Seaswirl divisions there. “There are a lot of fallacies in [the article],” division president Al Kuebelbeck told Soundings Trade Only this morning. The St. Cloud Times reported this morning that…more

Walker Bay signs three marketing firms

Walker Bay Boats of Yakima, Wash., signed three new representative firms for its Airis Inflatable Kayak line. “Atlantic Marketing, Midwest Outdoor Marketing and the Charles Perry Group have excellent infrastructure to support, educate and service our growing Airis dealer network,” said Chris Carroll, vice president of sales for Walker Bay Boats, in a statement. The…more

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