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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.

Registration starts for Drystack Conference in October

Registration is now open for the Drystack Conference and Southeast Florida Marina and Boatyard Study tour, set for Oct. 26-28 in West Palm Beach, Fla. Attendees will learn about the latest information on materials, design and cutting-edge techniques. The program also includes exhibitors featuring the most current products and services. For information, visit: www.marinaassociation.org. 

Changing places

Intellian Technologies USA, the American subsidiary of South Korean satellite TV system manufacturer Intellian Technologies, added to its sales team. John Minetola will lead the team as sales director. He has years of experience as a marine electronics dealer, distributor and sales manager for product manufacturers. In Florida, the company will be represented by Bob…more

GE renews contract with American Boatbuilders Association

GE Capital Solutions’s Commercial Distribution Finance signed a multiyear contract renewal with the American Boatbuilders Association. “We have been working with GE since 1993, and we value their commitment to the marine industry and their financing expertise. In addition to providing financing, GE’s market knowledge and data provides invaluable information to help our members manage…more

Changing places

Fort Lauderdale-based National Maritime Services (NMS), the arrest and seizure subsidiary of National Liquidators, announced two promotions within the firm. Don Soutar was promoted to director of National Maritime Services, becoming the top executive for that company. The new position includes marketing/business development and overseeing day-to-day business activities for NMS. Soutar’s former position with National…more

US Sailing offering beginner’s sailing book

US Sailing, the national governing body for the sport of sailing, released a book, “Learn Sailing Right! Beginning Sailing.” Written by the country’s leading professional sailing instructors, the book helps beginning sailors gain confidence by using easy-to-understand text and graphics. The book starts with a tour of a typical small sailboat, and explains the concepts…more

Mass. College offering marine career course

An introductory course on career opportunities in the marine industry begins Sept. 17 at Massasoit Community College in Massachusetts. The course is being offered as a result of the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association/Massasoit Community College Jobs in Boating Grant. Upon completion of the 45-hour course, participants will be awarded an industry-recognized certificate. Visit http://www.massasoit.mass.edu/workforce_development/jib/index.cfm for…more

Tigé debuts new Web site

Just weeks after previewing 2009 model lineup, Tigé Boats launched its new Web site at www.tige.com. The site includes photos, video and details about the new 2009 Tigé models, plus information about advanced Tigé technology, innovations and unique features. The interactive site features enhanced, intuitive navigation that provides the visitor with multiple one-click options to…more

MarineEast adds distributor in Canada

MarineEast, a leader in rugged plastic components for the marine industry, added a new distributor, Stright-MacKay, to its network. Located in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Stright-MacKay serves Atlantic Canada with the area’s most comprehensive inventory of marine accessories. MarineEast, based in Brick, N.J., was founded to improve the design and functionality of common components found…more

Government expected to view auction video

While attorneys for Auction Company of America objected last week in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida, to playing videos of the botched July 17 New River Marina auction, the U.S. Attorney’s Office is not waiting to examine them. At the July 21 hearing, Heidi A. Feinman, trial attorney for U.S. Trustee’s Office, said…more

Dipping sales hurting Grow Boating program

With boat sales down, Grow Boating receipts also have declined. Grow Boating is the industry wide initiative to increase boat sales. “Receipts are down consistently with industry sales this year — in the 17- to 20-percent range,” Thom Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association, told Soundings Trade Only. “It is solely sales related,”…more

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