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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.

Founder of Dutch-based marine company dies

Willem H. den Ouden, founding father of Vetus, the Dutch manufacturers of marine engines and technical boat equipment, passed away last week in his home in France after a short illness. He was 73. “Willem den Ouden was a man of large stature and Vetus owes him for his vision and his boundless energy,” the…more

Dealer digest

Parker Boats, an 81-year-old, family-run dealership with locations in Orlando and Daytona Beach, Fla., achieved the status of Sea Ray Ambassador Dealer for the 2009 model year, a leading ranking it has maintained since 2005. “All of us here at Parker Boats are dedicated to providing exceptional customer service along with a superior product,” said…more

Boat sales decline could be slowing

New boat sales continued their downward trend in July, although the declines are slowing, according to the latest report from Statistical Surveys. Preliminary registration data for last month showed sales for all fiberglass boats fell 25.3 percent, while aluminum sales were down 17.7 percent. The report is based on 26 states, or about 60 percent…more

CrossCurrent Marine hires firm for marketing

Rushton Gregory, a Boston-based marketing communications agency specializing in the luxury, marine, consumer electronics, telecom and semiconductor markets, added CrossCurrent Marine to its client roster. Rushton Gregory will provide public relations services for the Barrington, R.I.-based company to support the North American launch of its latest sailing watercraft. “CrossCurrent Marine caters to a sophisticated customer…more

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Changing places

Honda Marine of Alpharetta, Ga., named Patricia Kent as its assistant manager for sales administration. Kent assumes her new position after three years service as assistant manager of customer relations and warranty services. She began her career 25 years ago with American Honda in motorcycle service, and has since held several sales, service and supervisory…more

Tropical Storm Fay continues to churn off Florida

Tropical Storm Fay, which continued to drench parts of northern Florida this morning, may actually help the marine industry in the Sunshine State. “Business is probably slow right now,” David Ray, executive director of the Marine Industries Association of Florida, told Soundings Trade Only this morning. However, he added, “Ultimately, I think it’s going to…more

NMMA opposes Coast Guard HIN proposal

The Coast Guard is again considering the costs and benefits associated with a proposal to expand Hull Identification Numbers (HINs) by adding five characters. Four of the five additional characters would indicate length, hull material, principal means of propulsion, and vessel type, while the fifth would be a check digit. The National Marine Manufacturers Association…more

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Changing places

Scott Akerman joined WoodenBoat Publication’s advertising sales staff as the representative for the central territory for WoodenBoat and Professional BoatBuilder’s Southern California-to-Louisiana regions. Akerman was previously the New England ad sales manager for Waterway Guide and N’East magazines. He worked for The Boston Sailing Center and was named “Best of Boston” for sailing instruction. During…more

Piranha Propellers launches recycling program

Piranha Propellers of San Luis Obispo, Calif., recruited 30 dealers and marinas to participate in a propeller recycling program with the goal of preserving the environment, keeping costs down and promoting responsible recreation. Authorized Piranha recycling collection centers will now collect damaged propeller blades that the factory will recycle. Once blades are sent back to…more

Economic indicator dips in July

The U.S. Leading Index of Economic Indicators declined sharply in July, the second decrease in the last three months, according to the latest report from The Conference Board. After stabilizing in March and April, the leading index has reverted to the downward trend that began in the middle of 2007. This index declined 0.7 percent…more

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