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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.

NMMA adds houseboat feature to Louisville show

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is introducing a new houseboat-specific feature at the 2009 Louisville Boat, RV & Sportshow, taking place Jan. 24-Feb. 1 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. The new section will feature the latest in houseboats and related gear, equipment and services. The area will have its own entrance and set…more

Glastron has three models on “Best Buy” list

The August 2008 issue of Consumers Digest magazine has recognized three models from Glastron as “Best Buys in Powerboats.” On average, a Consumers Digest Best Buy rating is awarded to fewer than 3 percent of the competing models in any given product category. In the runabout category, six Best Buy certificates were awarded this year…more

Spending up in June, increased job losses in July

Consumer spending increased 0.6 percent in June, even though disposable income fell 1.9 percent. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate climbed to 5.7 percent in July. Personal consumption expenditures increased $57.1 billion in June, according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Commerce. This compares to a 0.8 percent increase in May. Personal income…more

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Changing places

Bear Enthusiast Marketing Group of Westlake Village, Calif., hired Travis Arnesen as an account coordinator. He will help develop and execute strategic public relations initiatives for Bear’s clients. In his previous roles at Paige Poulos Communications and the Dyer Sheehan Group, Arnesen provided marketing, public relations, event coordination and strategic account management support while working…more

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Navigation: A new world

The high-tech gizmos are more affordable and easy to use, and are giving dealers more to offer buyers It sounds like covert military intelligence lingo, or perhaps it was part of the dialog in a James Bond film. But terms like thermal imaging, 3-D images with satellite-photo fusion and touch screens no longer are bantered…more

Rushton Gregory adds ClickToBoat.com as client

Boston-based Rushton Gregory, a full-service marketing communications agency, added ClickToBoat.com (formerly NavQuest.com) to its client roster. Effective immediately, Rushton Gregory will provide public relations services to the Boca Raton, Fla.-based company, designed to obtain broad exposure and increase awareness of the Web site’s extensive marine services. “ClickToBoat.com is an exciting free resource available to boaters…more

Annapolis Classic Watercraft has new location

Annapolis Classic Watercraft, a boat shop for antique and classic boats, moved its operation to Sarles Boat Yard on Spa Creek in the Eastport section of Annapolis. “ACW was ‘launched’ here in Eastport about six years ago,” said Bill Donahue, ACW’s founder and owner, in a statement. “We moved across the Severn because we needed…more

Sunstream adds Fla. distributor to its network

Sunstream Boat Lifts, of Kent, Wash., a leading manufacturer of hydraulic boat lifts, added Southeast Atlantic Boatlifts to its distribution network. Fort Lauderdale-based Southeast Atlantic Boatlifts, a provider of boat lifts, catwalks, docks, decks, pilings and accessories, will distribute Sunstream boat lifts and provide both sales and technical support to the Southern Florida areas of…more

Dealer digest

Clarks Landing Boat Sales, of Chester, Md., was appointed a Sea Ray Ambassador Dealer for the 2009 model year. This is the fourth year Clarks Landing has received the honor. “It is with great honor that we received this most prestigious recognition,” said managing partner Jeff Truesdale. “Our team works extremely hard everyday providing boaters…more

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