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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.

ABYC updates seminar schedule

An updated 2008 schedule of certification and seminar courses is now posted on the American Boat & Yacht Council Web site. The schedule lists dates, locations and course descriptions, and includes the newly revised A/C & Refrigeration Certification and recently updated Diesel Engine & Support Systems Certification course. Some courses for 2009 also are listed.…more

Westlawn debuts design competition

The Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology announces a new boat design competition. The contest — held in conjunction with PassageMaker magazine and sponsored by Imtra Marine Lighting, with matching funds from the American Boat and Yacht Council — is similar to Westlawn’s sailboat design competitions. However, this challenge aims to find a trawler design that…more

Yachting magazine wins design award

Yachting magazine won a gold medal for design excellence in Folio: magazine’s annual Eddie and Ozzie Awards competition. Folio: announced the winners of the Eddie Awards for Editorial Excellence and Ozzie Awards for Magazine Design in Chicago last week. Yachting won a Gold Ozzie for Best Feature Design for “Rescue in the Southern Ocean” in…more

BoatU.S. safety grant deadline is Nov. 1

The deadline to apply for the BoatU.S. Foundation’s Boating Safety Grant program is less than a month away. The program offers grants up to $4,000 for boating safety projects, with a total of $50,000 available. While all applications will be considered, those that incorporate new ideas that focus on reducing alcohol-related fatalities will be given…more

NMMA’s Dammrich to keynote awards banquet

NMMA president Thom Dammrich will be the keynote speaker at the inaugural Marketing Awards Banquet, hosted by Marine Marketers of America during the Oct. 30-Nov. 3 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Dammrich will address the topic “Waves of Change” during the Oct. 30 luncheon, which also includes a presentation of the industry’s top marketing awards.…more

Senate passes amendments to Vessel Hull Design Protection Act

Legislation designed to strengthen and clarify the Vessel Hull Design Protection Act of 1998 was approved by Congress and awaits the President’s signature to become law. The Senate on Tuesday passed H.R. 6531, the Vessel Hull Design Protection Act Amendments of 2008. The amendments, passed in July by the House of Representatives, will provide boatbuilders…more

RBFF will talk about boater participation at IBEX

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation will be on hand at next week’s International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference to discuss the organization’s efforts to increase participation in boating. “The revamped TakeMeFishing.org is working harder to drive boat registrations, promote safe boating practices, and provide users the tools they need to purchase and maintain a boat,”…more

Mastry Engine picks Brazil-based distributor

Mastry Engine Center chose São Paulo, Brazil-based marine supplier Regatta to distribute its MasPower products. Regatta will offer the complete line of MasPower generators, power units, pressure washers, pumps and parts. The company joins the more than 140 authorized Mastry dealers serving the southeastern United States and the Caribbean. Click here for the complete release.…more

Changing Places

FLIR Systems added Andrew Cox to its maritime sales team. Cox has been employed by the Portland, Ore.-based infrared camera manufacturer for nearly eight years, serving as trade show manager and, most recently, inside sales manager. As maritime sales representative, he will focus on marine end-user and law enforcement sales, as well as reseller support.…more

Century Boat launches retail promotion

Century Boat Company this week begins its annual “Deal of the Century” retail promotion, with cash rebates of up to $14,000 and free electronics upgrades. The promotion runs from Oct. 1 through Dec. 21 and is offered on select models. In addition to cash rebates, the Panama City, Fla., builder is offering a free Raymarine…more

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