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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.

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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Raritan marks its golden anniversary

Millville, N.J.-based Raritan Engineering is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Raritan introduced the dual-action, manual marine toilet. The Model PH also was one of the first products to be mass-produced as a large, injection-molded part. In the 1960s, a time before pump-out facilities and discharge regulations, Raritan introduced a waste treatment system called the…more

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Changing places

Stewart Bridges has joined Patrick Knowles Designs, the custom yacht and aircraft interior design firm based in Fort Lauderdale, as field operations manager. Bridges’ career includes many years of experience in construction, development and industrial engineering, most recently as head of his own construction and development company in Tampa. Bridges will serve as liaison between…more

US Sailing revamps educational Web site

US Sailing, the nation’s governing body for sailing, launched a revamped learn-to-sail website, SailingCertification.com. The site makes it easier to learn about sailing courses — from beginner to instructor-level training — and find US Sailing-accredited schools in 46 cities across the United States, Mexico and the islands. “It’s about helping people realize the dream of…more

Calif. report says life jackets are critical

According to the recently released “2007 California Boating Safety Report,” 39 of the 55 victims who died in state boating accidents were not wearing life jackets. The Department of Boating and Waterways report provides data about boating accidents, injuries and deaths reported in 2007. “Life jacket use is critical to safe boating,” said Cal Boating…more

Analysts: Brunswick weathering market

Investment analysts say Brunswick Corp. is doing well despite the weak market, but they remain cautious and unsure about the industry’s overall recovery. “Brunswick is performing admirably under challenging conditions,” said Tim Conder, managing director of leisure equity research for Wachovia Capital Markets, in a report following Thursday’s earning’s release. Ed Aaron, director of equity…more

Changing places

With more than 30 years experience in sales and marketing, John Selman is joining the Reeds Nautical Online Almanac team as a senior consultant. Selman will be responsible for building relationships throughout the marine industry and increasing awareness of the new online version of the almanac. “There aren’t too many people in the marine sector…more

Sea Sense school expands to West Coast

Sea Sense, the St. Petersburg, Fla.-based women’s sailing and powerboating school, is expanding into San Diego with a sailing course slated for October. “The San Diego area offers a great sailing experience in one of the most popular regions in the country,” said Capt. Patti Moore, co-founder of Sea Sense, in a statement. This liveaboard…more

New River Marina auction results thrown out

Judge John K. Olson this week nullified the results of the July 17 bankruptcy auction of New River Marina in Fort Lauderdale in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida. Olson said the auction was “clearly a disaster.” “When the auction hammer came down, it was clear that the marina was bought by Allied Richard…more

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