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.

States report increase in angler licenses

Alabama and Colorado reported a 10 percent response rate from lapsed anglers after participating in the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation’s direct mail marketing program. “The Direct Mail Marketing Program has already contributed more than $3 million in funds for state conservation efforts and, as we collect more results, this number will continue to grow,”…more

Cruisers Yachts announces cutbacks

KCS International, which operates Cruisers Yachts, is permanently laying off 60 workers and extending a current layoff of 68 others, according to several media reports in Wisconsin. The company blames “the current unanticipated and dramatic major economic downturn” for the job cuts, according to paperwork filed with the state’s Department of Workforce Development. The company…more

Turning Point Propellers names new rep

Turning Point Propellers of Elk Grove Village, Ill., named a new sales representative, Atlantic Marketing Co. of Stonington, Conn. Established in 1965, Atlantic Marketing has six offices from Maine to Virginia. The firm has received numerous sales achievement awards and is active in industry associations. “We are pleased to join Atlantic’s roster of leading manufacturers…more

Sailboats at St. Pete show boosted attendance

The merging of Strictly Sail with the St. Petersburg Boat Show helped generate a 30 percent increase in attendance at the Dec. 4-7 event, according to organizers. “Our new joint show has been an outstanding success, bringing in record-breaking gate attendance as well as quality buyers for sail, power and booth exhibitors,” said Dane Graziano,…more

Oil prices continue free fall

Oil prices dropped below $40 a barrel yesterday, the lowest level in four years, because of falling demand. A day after the OPEC cartel announced it would cut crude production by an additional 2.2 million barrels a day, oil prices continued sliding, falling $3.84 to settle at $36.22 a barrel, according to a report in…more

NMTA honors Seattle Yacht Club

The Northwest Marine Trade Association recently presented its Latham L. Goble Award to the Seattle Yacht Club for its efforts to inspire boating and help grow the sport. Seattle Yacht Club helps promote boating in a number of ways, including an Opening Day celebration and Windermere Cup Crew Races, Special People’s Cruise on Christmas Ships,…more


Island Packet 460 wins two top honors

The Island Packet 460 was named 2008 Domestic Boat of the Year by Cruising World magazine. The boat also won the Best Long-Distance Cruiser award. “The IP 460 was a boat well-designed and executed for a cruising couple,” said Mark Pillsbury, senior editor of Cruising World, in a statement. “The builder took care with construction,…more

Changing Places

Navionics of Wareham, Mass., named Don Black senior vice president of sales and marketing. He will head the sales, marketing, product management and business development teams, working across all divisions. Black previously served as CEO/president of SeaWave, a Portsmouth, R.I.-based company that developed ship-to-shore wireless communications. Prior to that, Black worked in leadership positions at…more

Power Cruising to merge with Motor Boating

Bonnier Corp. is discontinuing its Power Cruising magazine and will merge the editorial content with Motor Boating, beginning with the March issue. “The decision to end the printing of Power Cruising did not come easily, but the current economic difficulties that are plaguing the industry required a change in course,” said Glenn Hughes, group publisher…more

Megayacht marina opens in Seattle

The new megayacht marina at Seattle’s Wards Cove recently opened as part of the Lake Union waterfront development project. “Finding moorage for yachts over 75 feet within Seattle’s city limits is extremely challenging,” said Bill Weisfield, CEO of Wards Cove Packing Company, in a statement. The marina features Bellingham Marine’s Unifloat system designed for megayachts,…more

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