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.

Boaters, anglers oppose saltwater fishing license

A coalition of boating and fishing groups is fighting a proposal by New York Gov. David Paterson that would require saltwater anglers to buy a $19 saltwater license ($40 for out-of-state anglers) before casting a line in New York coastal waters. The requirement, they say, would hurt marinas, tackle shops and marine dealers, most of which…more

Providence show focuses on youth tomorrow

The Providence Boat Show will host “Youth Day” from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association in partnership with My Turn of Rhode Island and the Industry Skills Development Initiative will be running the program. More than 130 students in middle and high school, along with group leaders from Pawtucket,…more

Changing Places

Priority One Financial Services named Jeff Wyatt controller of the company owned by Forest River, a Berkshire Hathaway company. Prior to joining Priority One, Wyatt owned and operated his own construction company with residential and commercial projects throughout the Gulf Coast of Florida. He has also served as the controller and voice president of finance…more


Turnout high for PassageMaker’s Trawler Fest

PassageMaker magazine reports that last week’s Trawler Fest in Stuart, Fla., saw record attendance. More than 1,600 people took part in the Jan. 22-24 event, held at the Hutchinson Island Marriott. “Show setup was smooth, there was a well-managed flow of attendees, turnout was better than expected, and the attitude was positive,” said Fred Azar,…more

Centek celebrates muffler milestone

Centek Industries, of Thomasville, Ga., recently celebrated the sale of its 250,000th water lift muffler since the company’s founding in 1962. The Centek Vernalift muffler was originally manufactured for small auxiliary engines on sailboats. In the early 1970s, the Vernalift product line was expanded to include larger engines, and today Vernalift mufflers are used by…more

Home Port signs marine-marketing deal

Home Port Marine Marketing has teamed up with design firm Identity Village of Jupiter, Fla., to offer marine products suppliers an assortment of creative marketing and branding services. Home Port Product Identity Services will be headed by Identity Village president Frankie Pace. “In our very competitive marketplace, there’s no substitute for a well-executed product identity…more

Wanted: at-large boating commissioner

The Pennsylvania Governor’s Advisory Council for Hunting, Fishing and Conservation is seeking a candidate to serve as the at-large boating commissioner on the board of the state’s Fish and Boat Commission. “We are searching for a person experienced in boating and water safety education who is also a registered boat owner in Pennsylvania,” said Andy…more

IMBC speaker: This is not 1929

The recession will be over when we decide it’s over, said economist Tony Villamil in a discussion of U.S. and global economic conditions Tuesday at the International Marina and Boatyard Conference in Fort Lauderdale. “We’re not in a typical recession,” said Villamil, dean of the business school at St. Thomas University in Miami. ”We have…more

Sail America holding meeting on regional growth

The Sail America Education Committee is hosting a meeting Friday at Strictly Sail Chicago, which is aimed at creating regional grow-sailing action plans. The meeting takes place at 9:30 a.m. in Room 313 at the Navy Pier. John Arndt of Latitude 38 will host the event. He has recently hosted and participated in several West…more

YBAA extends registration discount

Because of the economic climate, the Yacht Brokers Association of America is extending the early registration discount for its conference throughout the entire registration period. The YBAA International Conference of Professional Yacht Brokers is set for Feb. 22-24 at the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute, near Baltimore. The keynote speaker is Sgt. Matt Eversmann, who…more

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