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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.

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E-newsletter series: Today’s Boat Buyers

Starting tomorrow and leading up to the start of the Miami International Boat Show next Thursday, Trade Only Today will present a five-part series titled: “Today’s Boat Buyer.” Each day we will feature a different person or couple who recently purchased a boat, and their reasons for buying in this challenging market. Tomorrow, you will…more

Soundings magazine debuts redesigned Web site

Soundings, the award-winning news, features and how-to magazine for recreational boaters, recently launched a redesigned Web site. The new design allows for easier navigation, and features improved search capabilities. Visitors will find the same informative stories, commentary and expert advice, as well as a used-boat search tool. The site now includes videos, audio clips and…more

Sailing Company breakfast slated for Miami

The Sailing Company will host its 15th annual State of the Industry research breakfast during Strictly Sail Miami. The event will be held Feb. 13 at the Hard Rock Café in Miami’s Bayside Marketplace. Everyone is welcome, and Sail America members can attend for free. The breakfast starts at 8 a.m., and the presentation will…more

California boat show expects a boost in April

Producers of the 36th annual Newport Boat Show promise a buyer’s market when the show returns April 15-19 to Lido Marina Village in Newport Beach, Calif. With boatbuilders cutting prices and offering creative incentives, boat shoppers will find unprecedented low prices, according to Duncan McIntosh Co., which produces the show. Plus, dealers are offering their…more

Yacht charter featured in Super Bowl marketing show

Meetings Afloat, a Tampa Bay yacht charter service, is featured in a new Internet slideshow from Inc. Magazine about entrepreneurs who have tapped into last weekend’s Super Bowl in Tampa, Fla. The show highlights eight companies and their entrepreneurial leaders who are selling products and services in relation to the Super Bowl. In addition to…more

Marine companies sign exclusive distribution contract

Gem Products of Orange Park, Fla., and Marine Hardware of Redmond, Wash., have formed a business alliance with the signing of an exclusive distribution agreement. Effectively immediately, all Marine Hardware products will be exclusively distributed by Gem Products in the Southeastern United States. Gem manufactures stainless steel products for the marine industry, while Marine Hardware…more

Admission will be free at Fort Myers boat show

The Southwest Florida Marine Industries Association is taking a number of steps to help generate more sales for exhibitors at its Fort Myers Spring Boat Show, scheduled for March 12-15. For starters, the association is offering free admission to the public. The association also cut expenses wherever possible, except advertising, and added a used-boat section…more

Faria picks Brunger for exports

Faria Corp. of Uncasville, Conn., selected Fort Lauderdale-based Brunger Export to act as its factory-direct export representative. “We are confident that this alliance will provide Faria customers with an unequalled level of service and professionalism,” Faria said in a statement. Brunger began receiving and fulfilling orders as of Jan. 26. Faria says the change should…more

Dallas boat show sees uptick in attendance

Marketing efforts appear to be paying off for the Dallas International Boat Show, which enjoyed a 7 percent increase in attendance during the show’s opening weekend of Jan. 30-Feb. 1. “Rather than accept the status quo, we implemented marketing to reach new, younger families, including a cooperative effort with the NMMA Discover Boating campaign,” said…more

Cummins records profitable year in ’08

Cummins reported declines in net sales and net income for the fourth quarter of 2008, but the company still was able to boast a fifth consecutive year of record sales and profits. For the year, sales increased 10 percent to $14.34 billion, from $13.05 billion in 2007. Net income rose 8 percent to $801 million,…more

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