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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.

IYRS holding marine career event next week

The International Yacht Restoration School in Newport, R.I., will host a session on career opportunities in the marine industry next week. The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 8 at the auditorium of the Community College of Rhode Island’s Newport campus. The program is for those who have no experience in…more

Trade Only Today returns Friday

The Trade Only e-newsletter will not publish Thursday in observance of New Year’s Day. We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday.

The Coast Guard and its port safety role

Keeping America’s ports safe is a key function of the Coast Guard and its prevention departments. These departments operate in major ports nationwide and protect millions of American passengers, countless mariners and millions of tons of cargo each day, according to a recent article in Shipping Digest. The report takes an in-depth look at how…more

e-Merges.com offers new marketing tool

Annapolis-based e-Merges.com upgraded its Web-based service that lists boat owners from around the country, allowing marine businesses to better target their marketing to potential customers.  The second-generation service, www.BoatOwnersList.us, which replaces the earlier version called “Captain Hook,” launched two years ago, allows companies to narrow their direct marketing by boat category, make and location. Yacht…more

Consumer Confidence Index drops

The Consumer Confidence Index fell to an all-time low in December after increasing moderately in November, according to a report released today by The Conference Board. “The further erosion of the Consumer Confidence Index reflects the rapid and steep deterioration of economic conditions that occurred in the fourth quarter of 2008,” said Lynn Franco, director…more

Florida show will emphasize boat deals

The Central Florida Marine Trades Association will promote the Feb. 19-22 Central Florida Boat Show through a comprehensive marketing and public relations effort emphasizing that this year’s show offers an “historic opportunity” to make deals on boats and gear. “With more than 187,000 square feet of exhibit space, there’s no better place to find prospective…more

Changing Places

Honda Marine, of Alpharetta, Ga., appointed Wes Paul as district sales manager and account integrity analyst. A five-year industry veteran, Paul assumes responsibility for Honda outboard sales in the central and midwestern United States, as well as for internal dealer account integrity. He comes to Honda from Mercury Marine, where he served as district account…more

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Thru-Hull Exhaust Port with Flapper

Sea water that enters an inboard’s exhaust system can lead to trouble — rusted valves, pitted cylinders, even a seized engine. ABI/Precision Lighting’s Thru-Hull Exhaust Port with Flapper is designed to keep the water out. The port is made of 316 stainless steel, and the replaceable nitrile rubber flapper resists oil, fuel and other chemicals.…more

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CoolBreeze system

The CoolBreeze system blows chilled air through high-velocity directional jets aimed at people at the helm station, in the cockpit or other topside locations. Rising temperatures may force passengers into the air-conditioned saloon or cabin. But they can now stay on deck and continue fishing, lounging or sunbathing, according to the company. CoolBreeze includes a…more

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Outlook 2009

Some of the industry’s top thinkers in finance, manufacturing, retailing, marketing and other sectors assess what the coming year might hold Bob AppleSenior Vice President, Sales and MarketingVolvo Penta of the AmericasVolvo Penta enters this downturn in a strong financial position, thanks in large part to the overwhelming success of the Volvo Penta IPS. The…more

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