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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.

Edey & Duff co-founder dies

Peter Duff, co-founder of boatbuilder Edey & Duff Ltd. in Mattapoisett, Mass., died Aug. 30 of Parkinson’s disease. He was 72. Bron in 1936, Duff grew up in the suburbs west of Boston. He graduated from Tufts University in 1958 with a degree in nuclear physics. Duff co-founded Edey & Duff with Mait Edey in…more

Waterways reopening after Gustav

Some early damage assessments have come in from the Gulf Coast area since Hurricane Gustav made landfall Monday, and a number of waterways have reopened to vessel traffic. Trinity Yachts reported no damage to its Gulfport, Miss., shipyard and minimal damage at its New Orleans yard. The Gulfport facility is at full operation, and the…more

NMMA: New date helping N.Y. boat show

The National Marine Manufacturers Association says it is drawing support from the industry’s largest manufacturers — including Brunswick and Genmar — and numerous dealers throughout the New York region that will be exhibiting at the New York National Boat Show, which was rescheduled this year to Dec. 13-21. NMMA says the exhibitor enthusiasm and support…more

WinMarine inks Nord Star distributor deal

WinMarine Ventures LLC of New Haven, Conn., has entered into an agreement with Linex-Oy of Finland to serve as the exclusive importer and distributor for Nord Star Patrol boats in North America. Nord Star Patrol boats are offered in 24-, 26-, 28-, 31- and 40-foot models, both single- and twin-engine powered. The U.S. debut will…more

Nautique will continue water-sports park alliance

Nautique has renewed its long-term strategic alliance with the Orlando Watersports Complex. Nautique, which offers a line of ski and wakeboard boats produced by Correct Craft of Orlando, Fla., will continue to provide its Air and Ski models to the cable park as part of the agreement. OWC is a water-sports park designed for wakeboarding,…more

NMRA awards marine scholarship

The National Marine Representatives Association is providing scholarships to students pursuing careers in the marine industry. Andrew Grossi of Hoboken, N.J,. is one of the recipients of the association’s $1,500 scholarships. (Other recipients are to be announced at a later date.) NMRA board member Kathy Munzinger of Munzinger and Co. made the presentation to Grossi.…more

Westlawn holds third Mystic Meet

The Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology held its third annual Mystic Meet July 26 and 27 in Mystic, Conn. The event allows students and teachers of the distance-learning school to interact face-to-face at the Westlawn home office at Mystic Seaport Museum. Forty-one students and guests from the United States and abroad attended. Students participated in…more

RBFF to discuss angler-retention efforts

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation will share preliminary results from its State Direct Mail Marketing Program at the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies’ annual meeting next week in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. On Tuesday, RBFF president and CEO Frank Peterson and RBFF state initiatives director Stephanie Hussey will reveal the response rates from at…more

Changing places

Navico, the Tulsa, Okla.-based electronics manufacturer, has promoted Louis Chemi to executive vice president of sales and marketing for the Americas. In addition to his continuing responsibilities as executive vice president of product management, Chemi will manage the sales and marketing efforts for the Navico brands with a focus on expanding the company’s presence and…more

NOAA seeks input on whale-strike rule

The Fisheries Service of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is seeking comment on the final environmental impact statement for the Ship Strike Reduction Rule. The rule aims to reduce the number of endangered North Atlantic right whales injured or killed by collisions with ships. The final EIS contains six alternatives, including NOAA’s preferred alternative…more

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