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.

Morris Yachts reports strong fall sales

Morris Yachts is reporting strong new-boat sales for September and October. The Bass Harbor, Maine, builder closed on three M36 sailboats and one M42, according to information on the company Web site. Also, contracts were signed and deposits taken for an Ocean Series Morris 38 and Morris 42. The company says interest has been strong for…more

Mako Marine International closing plant

Mako Marine International, a subsidiary of Tracker Marine Group, is planning to close its Forest City, N.C., plant and lay off 125 workers after Christmas. “The boating business throughout North Carolina has made our production schedule an unattainable objective,” said Chuck Yarbrough, human resources head for Tracker Marine Group, in a letter to state officials.…more

Wesmar thruster given ABS approval

Wesmar’s V2-20NS Vortex dual-prop, stainless-steel bow thruster was given ABS approval for dynamic positioning applications (DP1). The Woodinville, Wash.-based company said it anticipates similar approval soon for its V2-26 and V2-36 systems, which operate on vessels up to 350 hp. The ABS rating clears Wesmar thrusters for use on ABS DP1 classed vessels and widens…more


Changing Places

Mallory Marine Products promoted Rick Carrier, left, to product manager and brought Thad Kuhns on board as product analyst. Carrier joined the company in 2007 and previously was product analyst. “His previous product management experience has been instrumental in the continued growth of Mallory Marine,” said Jim Self, Mallory Marine brand manager, in a statement.…more

New England Boat Show moved to February

The dates for the New England Boat Show have been changed from Jan. 10-18 to Feb. 14-22. The show, produced by North American Expositions Co., will be held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Visit the New England Boat Show Web site, or contact Joe O’Neal at (800) 225-1577, e-mail joneal@naexpo.com.

What will the Obama administration mean for businesses?

In January, a new skipper will assume the helm of the great ship that is the United States. President-elect Barack Obama will need to draw upon exceptional navigational skills to help steer this country through the choppy waters that we currently find ourselves in. We wish him well. The business community has its share of…more

Florida voters pass Amendment 6

While yesterday’s presidential election was getting most of the attention, in Florida the marine industry was celebrating another hard-won victory: the adoption of a state constitutional amendment to preserve working waterfront. “We’re thankful for the public of Florida — that they came through,” said John Sprague, who spoke with Trade Only Today this morning. Sprague…more

Roscioli Yachting Center opening new location

Roscioli Yachting Center will hold a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday for its new location in Fort Lauderdale. Roscioli Yachting Center, which started operation in 1981, is a full-service and repair facility. The new yard adds about 100,000 square feet of fabrication, refit and painting facilities; accommodations for yachts to 155 feet; and an…more

Michigan boating conference slated for December

The annual Recreational Boating Educational Conference for Michigan’s marine industry leaders will be held Dec. 3-5 in Bay City. The event will include presentations on economic issues and retail trends affecting marinas, as well as working waterfronts and water access issues. “Access to water is key to boating,” Michigan Sea Grant Extension educator Mark Breederland…more

Changing Places

Whitney Peterson joined the Westbrook, Conn.-based Gowrie Group of Companies as vice president of marketing. “Whitney will help us better define and position our brand as Connecticut’s largest and fastest growing independent insurance agency,” said Ed Gumbrecht, the firm’s chief operating officer, in a statement. Peterson will direct the marketing activities for all of the…more

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