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.

Annapolis sailboat show matches record attendance

Organizers of the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis say this year’s event matched, if not exceeded, last year’s record attendance. Early estimates show 50,000 people visited the Oct. 9-13 show. About 500 exhibitors were on hand, as well as a dozen or so lenders. Ed Hartman, CEO of United States Yacht Shows, said it’s evidence…more

Electric Calypso 23e debuting in Fort Lauderdale

In a sign of the times, the Calypso 23e, powered by the Whisper XT electric outboard, will debut at a show known for big powerboats, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Capable of cruising at up to 8.5 mph, the Calypso 23e is powered by 600 pounds of military-grade Odyssey AGM dry-cell batteries and can…more

New Disney sailing film opens Friday

A boat, an ocean and a team of young adults are the cast of characters in Disney’s new documentary film “Morning Light,” which opens Friday in select U.S. theaters. The much-anticipated film, which has drawn big crowds for prescreenings in Los Angeles, Annapolis, Md., and Baltimore, tells the story of 15 young sailors who were…more

IMBC brochure posted online

A preliminary brochure is now available for the International Marina & Boatyard Conference, set for Jan. 25-28, 2009, in Fort Lauderdale. The brochure includes details on the event’s 13 educational seminars and field trips to three Southeast Florida marinas, as well as information about exhibitors and sponsors. Also included is hotel information, an events schedule…more

Changing Places

Marine industry veteran Gary Beckett joined Turnkey Communications and Public Relations as co-owner and vice president. In addition to journalism credentials, Beckett, a former editor of Soundings Trade Only, has a public relations and corporate communications background. After Trade Only, Beckett served as director of corporate communications and public relations at Outboard Marine Corp. He…more

Torqeedo signs marketing deal with Red Oak

Electric outboard manufacturer Torqeedo signed with Red Oak Marketing to utilize Red Oak’s electronic communications solutions for manufacturers with dealer networks. Torqeedo has gained six dealers through Red Oak’s educational e-mail campaigns, the company said. Red Oak created two campaigns to educate dealers about Torqeedo’s electric outboards. The first went to more than 4,800 U.S.…more

Megayacht News debuts vidcasts with TheBoaters.tv

Megayacht News, an independent, daily blog devoted to megayachts, launched bimonthly vidcasts, airing Mondays, through a partnership with TheBoaters.tv. Content from Megayacht News is selected and turned into video segments, airing as the two- to three-minute “Megayacht Report.” Megayacht News is the first and only TheBoaters.tv partner for information about this market. TheBoaters.tv features boating…more

Marine Dealer Conference & Expo deadline is tomorrow

Wednesday is the early registration deadline for the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, set for Nov. 17-19 at the Rio All Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The “early-bird” rate of $295 saves $80 off the standard rates. Ten sessions are being offered throughout the three-day event. To address what the economic downturn means…more

Survey shows dealers are feeling the squeeze

A recent survey of boat, RV and power-sport dealers shows “negative” trends across the board for the third quarter, according to a report by RBC Capital Markets, with certain categories down in the 50 percent range. “Dealers are under stress, especially in the RV and marine industries, where trends are worse and excess capacity is…more

West Marine sees soft third-quarter sales

West Marine recently reported a decrease in net sales and comparable-store sales for the third quarter and year to date. Net sales for the 13 weeks ending Sept. 27 were $180.2 million, a decrease of $8.2 million, or 4.4 percent, from net sales of $188.4 million for the same period a year ago, primarily because…more

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