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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.

Sea Sense school expands to West Coast

Sea Sense, the St. Petersburg, Fla.-based women’s sailing and powerboating school, is expanding into San Diego with a sailing course slated for October. “The San Diego area offers a great sailing experience in one of the most popular regions in the country,” said Capt. Patti Moore, co-founder of Sea Sense, in a statement. This liveaboard…more

New River Marina auction results thrown out

Judge John K. Olson this week nullified the results of the July 17 bankruptcy auction of New River Marina in Fort Lauderdale in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida. Olson said the auction was “clearly a disaster.” “When the auction hammer came down, it was clear that the marina was bought by Allied Richard…more

New boat sales sink in June

New boat sales plummeted to record lows in June based upon early reporting states, according to the latest numbers from Statistical Surveys. Preliminary registration data for June showed sales for all fiberglass boats fell 33.1 percent, while aluminum sales were down 24.3 percent. This report is based on 26 states, or 60 percent of the…more

Changing places

Anne E. Belec, director of global marketing for Ford Motor Co., was elected to the Brunswick Corp. board of directors, bringing the number of board members to 11. She also was appointed to the human resources and compensation committee. Belec, 45, assumed her current position at Ford in March. Most recently, she had been president…more

Triumph 195CC named ‘Best Buy’

Triumph Boats 195 Center Console has been certified by Consumers Digest magazine as a Best Buy in Coastal Boats. In the article entitled “Making Waves” in the August issue, Consumers Digest recognized Triumph’s 195CC in the mid-range Best Buy selection for coastal boats. Consumers Digest declares Triumph’s Roplene molded plastic construction “remarkable” for its ability…more

Congress passes Clean Boating Act

Boating advocates of all stripes are hailing Tuesday’s passage of the Clean Boating Act of 2008, H.R. 5949/S. 2766, in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. The Clean Boating Act of 2008 — a top legislative priority for more than 60 partners in the Boat Blue Coalition — will permanently restore a long-standing exemption…more

Marine Products reports lower sales

Marine Products Corp., the Atlanta-based manufacturer of Chaparral pleasure boats and Robalo sportfishing boats, today reported double-digit declines in sales and income for the second quarter ending June 30. “Our financial results for the second quarter of 2008 reflect the recent acceleration of the decline in the recreational boating market which we have experienced for…more

Regal Marine rates highly in Quality magazine

Regal Marine of Orlando, Fla., was recognized recently by Quality magazine, an independent, third-party organization that rates manufacturing companies across a range of products. More than 800 manufacturers — from the top-ranked Advanced Instrument Development with 27 employees to giants like Toyota Motor Manufacturing (ranked second) — were surveyed on criteria such as scrap and…more

Midwest dealer closing stores, shedding jobs

Midwest boat dealer Crystal-Pierz Marine is closing half its 12 stores and laying off two-thirds of its employees in reaction to the “softest marine market in more than 40 years.” The Minneapolis-based company announced Friday it will close the stores and lay off about 100 employees. Cuts in the parts and service department were effective…more

Atlantic-Meeco buys majority of Sullivan

Atlantic-Meeco Holdings, the parent company of marina builder Atlantic-Meeco, has acquired a majority interest in Sullivan Flotation Systems. “This is a marriage of two well-run companies with good products and good reputations,” said Paul Durlacher, president and CEO of Atlantic-Meeco, in a statement. “Because both companies are so healthy and well run, there is no…more

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