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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.

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Changes at the helm of Trade Only

Veteran Soundings magazine chief editor and longtime boater Bill Sisson has been promoted to a new position as editor-in-chief of both Soundings and Soundings Trade Only. “This dual role extends Bill’s significant editorial talent and marine experience to our Soundings Trade Only brand,” says Soundings Publications editorial director Ian C. Bowen. “Bill is well-known in…more

House passes offshore drilling bill

Reversing a decades-old ban on offshore drilling, an energy bill approved last night by the U.S. House of Representatives would allow drilling as close as 50 miles from the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. “I think this is a great step forward to reducing our reliance on foreign oil and will be a significant psychological boost…more

Marine flea market returns to Dania Jai Alai

The Dania Beach Marine Flea Market is returning to Dania Jai Alai March 19-22, 2009, for the event’s 31st year. After 27 years at Dania Jai Alai, the annual event moved to Dolphin Stadium in 2006 to make way for the fronton’s planned development. Jai Alai, however, has postponed the expansion, enabling the Marine Flea…more

Home Port inks deals with four manufacturers

Home Port Marine Marketing of Kilmarnock, Va., has been selected by four U.S. manufacturers to provide publicity and promotion services. Centek Industries, a Thomasville, Ga.-based manufacturer of fiberglass wet marine exhaust systems, has chosen Home Port to provide product promotion and publicity. Centek holds several patents for its marine exhaust systems and trademarks on seven…more

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Changing Places

Ian Atkins was promoted to vice president/general manager of YachtWorld/Boats.com. YachtWorld.com and Boats.com are owned by Trade Only’s parent company, Dominion Enterprises, of Norfolk Va. “Ian has been group general manager of YachtWorld/Boats.com since July 2007, having joined the business just after it was created in early 2000,” said Jack J. Ross, president of Dominion…more

Tacoma reaps economic benefits from tall ships festival

Tacoma, Wash., benefited from more than $19 million in economic impact as a result of the Tall Ships Tacoma festival this summer, according to a recently released study. Completed by the festival and event consulting firm Birchhill Enterprises LLC, the study offers an in-depth look at the festival’s impact on the local economy, as well…more

Florida administrator wins PWIA award

Florida boating law administrator Capt. Richard Moore was given the Personal Watercraft Industry Association’s 2008 Boating Safety Leadership Award during the annual National Association of State Boating Law Administrators conference in Clearwater Beach, Fla. Moore is the second recipient of the annual PWIA award, which recognizes an individual in the boating law community who has…more

ID card enrollment available at Fort Lauderdale show

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida will host a Transportation Workers Identification Card (TWIC) enrollment center at this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. The center will facilitate registration of U.S. Coast Guard-licensed mariners and others who are required by recent changes in regulations to have a TWIC, and to also serve as a…more

Changing Places

Thetford Marine has appointed Brad Burton as its new marine OEM account manager. Based in Ann Arbor, Mich., Thetford manufactures sanitation, refrigeration and other marine care products. Burton joins the company with more than 20 years of sales management experience in the marine industry. He previously served as business development director for boat and yacht…more

Annapolis publisher buys Bahamas guide

Waterway Guide Publications, the Annapolis, Md.-based publisher of Dozier’s Waterway Guides and Waterway Guide magazine, has acquired The Bahamas Cruising Guide by Mathew Wilson. The Bahamas Cruising Guide, previously published by Nomad Publications of White River Junction, Vt., is a leading guide to the Bahamas, and Turks and Caicos. The guide provides navigational information, shoreside…more

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