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.

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

West Marine extends agreement with solar company

West Marine has extended its supply agreement with ICP Solar Technologies, a manufacturer of solar panels and related products. The marine retailer reported strong demand for ICP’s Sunei solar chargers, with year-to-date sales up about 14 percent. “Our Sunsei marine chargers are uniquely designed to withstand the elements in any kind of weather, and we…more

NOAA marks milestone rescue

Just four months before changing over to the 406 MHz frequency standard for EPIRBs, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration marked a new milestone: 6,000 people rescued in the United States by the COSPAS-SARSAT system. “With an average of more than 250 rescues each year in the United States alone, it’s clear this system is…more

Sperry Marine outfitting megayacht with VisionMaster

Northrop Grumman Corp.’s Sperry Marine business unit is bringing its new-generation VisionMaster FT technology to the megayacht market. Sperry Marine is supplying a complete suite of navigation electronics for a 142-foot yacht being built in Italy, including X- and S-band radar, electronic chart display and information system, TotalWatch multifunction workstation, gyrocompass, autopilot, steering system and…more

Hell’s Bay reports increase in sales

Hell’s Bay Boatworks of Titusville, Fla., is reporting “remarkable” business since its recent merger with Gordon Boatworks. “Sales are up dramatically from last year,” Hell’s Bay Boatworks owner and president Chris Peterson told Soundings Trade Only this morning. Although the production rate is the same as last year, Peterson said the backlog for the company’s…more

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