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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.

Sea Tow sees 30 percent jump on holiday weekend

Sea Tow Services International today said it experienced a 30 percent increase in the number of requests for on-the-water assistance during the Fourth of July weekend. The tow company, based in Southold, N.Y., described the holiday as moderately busy. “Reports from across the country indicate that boaters stayed close to home this year. However, that…more

Changing places

Jim Moore joined Aluminum Chamber Boats of Bellingham, Wash., as president and chief operating officer. As former president of Renaissance Marine Group, Weldcraft and Lund Boats, Moore brings extensive knowledge and nearly 35 years industry experience to ACB. His responsibilities include overseeing the company’s day-to-day operations, streamlining production processes and increasing sales across all three…more

South Carolina holding summer boat conference

The South Carolina Marine Association will hold its Summer Marine Education Conference Aug. 14-15 at the Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort at Pawleys Island, S.C. The conference will open with a State of the Boating Industry presentation by Thom Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association. That will be followed by a session on…more

Consumer Digest credits Yamaha outboards

Two Yamaha outboards — the Yamaha V MAX Series 2 VZ250 and the Yamaha V MAX Series 2 VZ300 — have been awarded a Consumers Digest Best Buy rating in the August 2008 issue of the publication. “We are pleased the editors of Consumers Digest have chosen the V MAX Series 2,” said Dale Barnes,…more

Couple opens Texas tow port

Capt. David Lee Denz and his wife, Capt. Laura Denz, opened a full-time TowBoatU.S. operation at Jupiter Cove in Lake Whitney, Texas. TowBoatU.S. Lake Whitney has a 25-foot Pursuit response boat. On-board is a full complement of towing and salvage equipment including extra fuel, engine fluids, pumps, and a battery “jump pack” to handle dead…more

Job losses continue to have impact

The unemployment rate held steady at 5.5 percent in June, but the number of people with jobs continued to trend down. American employers cut jobs by 62,000 for the sixth straight month in June, according to the latest report from the U.S. Department of Labor. The jobless rate was 4.6 percent last year at this…more

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National Geographic profiles Torqeedo

Torqeedo’s efforts to be an environmentally friendly company have been recognized by National Geographic, which featured the electric outboard manufacturer in an episode of its TV series “Planet Mechanics.” The series focuses on ways to lower energy consumption by utilizing the environmentally conscious technology of the future. The episode is entitled “Electric Water Taxi” and…more

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Trade Only wins magazine award

Soundings Trade Only won an Apex Award for Publication Excellence. APEX awards are held annually and are based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content and overall communications. This year there were nearly 5,000 entries in 11 major categories. Associate editor Melanie Winters won in the feature writing category for her article, “Scraping Bottom,” which…more

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Soundings Trade Only will not publish its e-mail newsletter today in observance of Independence Day. We wish each of you a safe, happy and healthy holiday.

Changing places

Maretron names Kip Wasilewski sales manager for the Eastern North America region. Maretron, a leading developer and manufacturer of marine electronic networked instrumentation, announced the appointment of Kip Wasilewski as its new sales manager for the Eastern North America sales region. Wasilewski, a graduate of Rider University, brings 24 years experience in the marine electronics…more

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