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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.
Keeping Americas ports safe is a key function of the Coast Guard and its prevention departments. These departments operate in major ports nationwide and protect millions of American passengers, countless mariners and millions of tons of cargo each day, according to a recent article in Shipping Digest. The report takes an in-depth look at how…more
Annapolis-based e-Merges.com upgraded its Web-based service that lists boat owners from around the country, allowing marine businesses to better target their marketing to potential customers. The second-generation service, www.BoatOwnersList.us, which replaces the earlier version called Captain Hook, launched two years ago, allows companies to narrow their direct marketing by boat category, make and location. Yacht…more
The Consumer Confidence Index fell to an all-time low in December after increasing moderately in November, according to a report released today by The Conference Board. “The further erosion of the Consumer Confidence Index reflects the rapid and steep deterioration of economic conditions that occurred in the fourth quarter of 2008, said Lynn Franco, director…more
The Central Florida Marine Trades Association will promote the Feb. 19-22 Central Florida Boat Show through a comprehensive marketing and public relations effort emphasizing that this years show offers an historic opportunity to make deals on boats and gear. With more than 187,000 square feet of exhibit space, theres no better place to find prospective…more
Honda Marine, of Alpharetta, Ga., appointed Wes Paul as district sales manager and account integrity analyst. A five-year industry veteran, Paul assumes responsibility for Honda outboard sales in the central and midwestern United States, as well as for internal dealer account integrity. He comes to Honda from Mercury Marine, where he served as district account…more
Sea water that enters an inboards exhaust system can lead to trouble rusted valves, pitted cylinders, even a seized engine. ABI/Precision Lightings Thru-Hull Exhaust Port with Flapper is designed to keep the water out. The port is made of 316 stainless steel, and the replaceable nitrile rubber flapper resists oil, fuel and other chemicals.…more
The CoolBreeze system blows chilled air through high-velocity directional jets aimed at people at the helm station, in the cockpit or other topside locations. Rising temperatures may force passengers into the air-conditioned saloon or cabin. But they can now stay on deck and continue fishing, lounging or sunbathing, according to the company. CoolBreeze includes a…more
Some of the industrys top thinkers in finance, manufacturing, retailing, marketing and other sectors assess what the coming year might hold Bob AppleSenior Vice President, Sales and MarketingVolvo Penta of the AmericasVolvo Penta enters this downturn in a strong financial position, thanks in large part to the overwhelming success of the Volvo Penta IPS. The…more
More than 400 people, representing about 225 dealerships across the country, came to Las Vegas for the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo in November to learn how to survive the recession and still be standing once things start to turn around. Through programs and panel discussions, they heard from experts on topics ranging from service…more