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.

Changing Places

Harken Yacht Equipment announced several appointments to its leadership team. Harken Italy’s general manager Giampaolo Spera was named CEO for Harken Global Operations. Spera, an 18-year veteran of the company, will also continue as Harken Italy’s general manager. Andrea Merello was named Harken Italy’s vice general manager. Merello has been with Harken for 13 years…more

RBFF adds online community forum

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation has created a new online community that complements the national Take Me Fishing campaign. Called Fishington, The Fishing & Boating Capital of the Internet, it leverages different approaches from established social networking platforms, but is specifically tailored for boating and fishing enthusiasts. Being part of this community allows members…more

New York Times columnist says boats are good investments

The New York Times recently published a column titled, “Some purchases may still be worth the price,” in which the writer advocates looking at buying a boat as an investment in something more valuable than the money spent. While author Ron Lieber said he understands the mentality of looking at it as unnecessary spending of…more


XFR Marine Repair Kit

Rhino Hide’s Xtreme Fast Repair (XFR) Marine Repair Kit is a fast-setting liquid plastic to anchor, rebuild, bond and repair all kinds of surfaces. The waterproof, non-sag, fast-curing moldable urethane is perfect for fiberglass, wood, metal, tile, concrete and other bondable surfaces, according to the company. XFR sets in one minute. It is solid, yet…more


DowcoLok QR

DOWCO, Inc., has unveiled DowcoLok QR (Quick Release), a hardware system for boat and pontoon canopy tops. “This hardware is designed to take the rattles out of the recreational boating experience,” said David Leif, president of DOWCO Marine. DowcoLok QR is a low-profile deck mounting button that requires only a single point of attachment to…more



The Vessel-Retriever from Marine Flotation Products gives marina owners and salvage companies a new way to respond to sunken vessels. Whether the damaged boat is in a slip, on a mooring, or at sea, Vessel-Retriever quickly lifts it out of harm’s way, according to the company. Engineered for mobility and temporary use, the Vessel-Retriever consists…more


Q&A with Margaret Podlich

Margaret Podlich has spent most of her life, both professionally and personally, dealing with water issues.A 1986 graduate of Tulane University in New Orleans, she started her career working with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, quickly finding a niche creating many of the “green boating” concepts and materials now used nationwide. Podlich, 44, joined the Center…more


Raymarine on its A-game with plotters

Company’s feature-rich A Series packs advanced technology into a more compact unit Raymarine holds an enviable franchise in the chart plotter market with a product range that extends from systems using 5-inch screens, through black-box equipment that incorporates variations of the largest available display screens. Its products benefit from the latest technology and, as it…more

Raymarine sees dip in sales

U.K.-based Raymarine reports that sales for the nine-month period ending Sept. 30 were down 8.5 percent compared to the comparable period of 2007. As a result, the company expects its results will be “significantly below” the lower end of the market’s expectations for the year ending Dec. 31. “In the last two weeks there have…more

Zodiac names new VP, debuts Web feature

Zodiac of North America announced a new vice president for the company, as well as a new micro Web site that compares fuel usage and horsepower differences between its RIBs and similar-sized center consoles. Gary Durnan was promoted from director of Canadian operations to vice president of the recreational division for North America. “I’m looking forward to…more

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