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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.

South Florida boat sales down 26 percent

New boat sales in South Florida fell 26 percent from the first half of 2007 to the first half of 2008, according to a story in the South Florida Business Journal. For the first half of this year, 4,000 boats were sold in the area, compared to 5,411 in 2007, the journal reports. The information…more

Imtra, ABYC sponsor Westlawn grants

Imtra Marine Lighting, in conjunction with matching funds from the American Boat and Yacht Council, is sponsoring a grant program for new students enrolling in the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology’s entry-level courses. Upon enrollment in specific courses, each new student will be awarded $200. The limited grants are available to all, but only until…more

Captain’s briefing being held at Fort Lauderdale show

The U.S. Superyacht Association, in partnership with the Marine Industries Association of South Florida, has organized a Captains Briefing to allow large yacht captains to communicate directly with U.S. federal agencies responsible for regulatory oversight and compliance. The briefing will be held at 5 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Captain’s Hideaway in the Seabreeze Room…more

IBEX will feature compliance exhibition

This year’s International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference will again offer a one-stop shop for compliance engineers and managers who need clear answers from U.S. and international experts on all phases of regulations, standards and assessments. The IBEX Compliance & Standards Pavilion will feature almost a dozen exhibitors with expertise in national and international rules and…more

SeaSafe adds Doral to client list

The SeaSafe Group has added Doral International Inc. to its list of clients. Based in Sarasota, Fla., SeaSafe is a warranty and service contract company specializing in component and comprehensive coverage for marine manufacturers and retailers. Doral builds sport yachts, express cruisers, sportboats and pleasure boats at facilities in Quebec and Ontario. Its partnership with…more

Boat show postponed because of hurricane damage

The South West International Boat Show was postponed because of damage to the Kemah Boardwalk by Hurricane Ike. Originally scheduled for Oct. 2-5, the show features more than 400 boats in the water and 200 more on shore at the Kemah Boardwalk Marina in Houston. The show producer is discussing potential new dates for the…more

Bennington Marine makes Inc. 5000 list

Bennington Marine, the Elkhart, Ind.-based manufacturer of pontoon boats, fiberglass deck boats and runabouts, recently made the 2008 Inc. 5000 list. The 2008 Inc. 5000 list measures revenue growth from 2004 through 2007. To qualify, companies must be U.S.-based, privately held and independent as of Dec. 31, 2007, with revenues of at least $200,000 in…more

SeaDek picks Southeast representative

SeaDek Marine Products selected the Haimes Coleman Group of Sunrise, Fla., as a manufacturers representative in the Southeastern United States. Rockledge, Fla.-based SeaDek manufactures shock-absorbent, non-skid surfaces for swim platforms, helm stations and steps, as well as coaming bolsters, flat fenders, battery holders and more. SeaDek products are made of closed-cell EVA foam that is…more

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Hubbell debuts online catalog

Hubbell Marine Products’ latest catalog is available online for the first time. The 50-page catalog contains photography, product descriptions, and detailed measurements and drawings, as well as links to additional product literature, technical information and coverage in the media. Features of the virtual version, which is downloadable, include navigation tools, zoom functions, page view options,…more

Changing Places

Trevor Goldsmith joined Marvair of Cordele, Ga., to assist in the development and marketing of the CMach line of marine chillers, air handlers and make-up air units. “His 16-year experience and product expertise in marine air conditioning will enable us to bring unique, cost-effective solutions to the marine OEM market,” said David L. Shuford, Marvair…more

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