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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.

Yamaha expanding Georgia operation

Yamaha Watercraft is planning a 200,000-square-foot expansion of its parts depot in Kennesaw, Ga., to increase capacity and efficiency. “We are making important investments in our business and our facilities that will improve how we work with our dealers and enhance the experience our customers have with the Yamaha brand,” said Bryan Seti, Yamaha national…more

Sterndrive Engineering offers lower units for V6 outboards

Sterndrive Engineering is offering new replacement lower units for the big three OEM V6 outboards. “Our customers have been asking for them for quite sometime, so we felt there would be enough demand to warrant the large investment required to manufacture and test the new products,” said company president Greg Pickren, in a statement. The…more

Skeeter to to play Santa in Texas

Skeeter Products Inc. will spread Christmas cheer to children around East Texas through its Boat Load of Toys program. The Kilgore, Texas-based company will distribute more than 550 toys donated during the Skeeter Owner’s Tournament held on Lake Fork. “Our Boat Load of Toys program was initiated by Skeeter, but our owners are responsible for…more

SoCal group holding women’s convention

The Southern California Yachting Association will hold its 20th annual Women’s Sailing Convention Feb. 7 at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club in Corona del Mar, Calif. The event is open to all women, from novices to experts, and features more than two dozen workshops presented by top women sailors from Southern California. Topics include Suddenly…more

New York 2008: a report from the boat show

NEW YORK — The New York National Boat Show opened over the weekend, and there has been mixed reaction to the earlier dates. The show, which runs through Sunday, is nearly two weeks earlier than the last five years, when the dates straddled the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Exhibitors say attendance is down so…more

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Changing Places

Joseph A. Mentz was named general manager at Fort Lauderdale-based ACR Electronics, replacing Paul M. Frank. “Joe Mentz brings broad experience and balance to a strong and talented management team,” said Dean Cantrill, vice president of operations for parent company Cobham Mission Systems, in a statement. “Joe is a dynamic, results-oriented professional who will use…more

New York considering boat tax

New York Gov. David A. Paterson wants to raise taxes on boats and other luxury items in order to close the state’s budget deficit. Paterson said his plan is meant to fill a budget gap totaling $15 billion for the rest of the current fiscal year, which ends March 31, and the following year, according…more

Seatec 2009 forum to address a host of topics

Seatec 2009, the seventh annual international exhibition of technology, subcontracting and design for boats, yachts and ships, will again feature the Yacht Engineering Forum. The forum will deal with four themes: helicopters on board megayachts; legislation and design issues; ecology and the marine industry; port of registry and analysis of parameters when choosing a flag;…more

R.I. boat show focusing on affordable boats

Producers of the Providence Boat Show are taking steps to help Rhode Island boaters deal with the challenging economic times. The Jan. 29-Feb. 1 show will feature family cruising and fishing boats, as well as small sailing craft, personal watercraft and inflatables. There will also be hundreds of exhibits offering gear, technology, engines and electronics.…more

Maine seeks to expand no-discharge zones

Maine wants to establish no-discharge zones along some of its coastal waters. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency received a petition from the state requesting a determination that adequate pumpout facilities are available for waters of Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Wells. Comments on this proposal to establish a no-discharge zone for those waters can be submitted until…more

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