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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 Carolina holding summer boat conference

The South Carolina Marine Association will hold its Summer Marine Education Conference Aug. 14-15 at the Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort at Pawleys Island, S.C. The conference will open with a State of the Boating Industry presentation by Thom Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association. That will be followed by a session on…more

Consumer Digest credits Yamaha outboards

Two Yamaha outboards — the Yamaha V MAX Series 2 VZ250 and the Yamaha V MAX Series 2 VZ300 — have been awarded a Consumers Digest Best Buy rating in the August 2008 issue of the publication. “We are pleased the editors of Consumers Digest have chosen the V MAX Series 2,” said Dale Barnes,…more

Couple opens Texas tow port

Capt. David Lee Denz and his wife, Capt. Laura Denz, opened a full-time TowBoatU.S. operation at Jupiter Cove in Lake Whitney, Texas. TowBoatU.S. Lake Whitney has a 25-foot Pursuit response boat. On-board is a full complement of towing and salvage equipment including extra fuel, engine fluids, pumps, and a battery “jump pack” to handle dead…more

Job losses continue to have impact

The unemployment rate held steady at 5.5 percent in June, but the number of people with jobs continued to trend down. American employers cut jobs by 62,000 for the sixth straight month in June, according to the latest report from the U.S. Department of Labor. The jobless rate was 4.6 percent last year at this…more

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National Geographic profiles Torqeedo

Torqeedo’s efforts to be an environmentally friendly company have been recognized by National Geographic, which featured the electric outboard manufacturer in an episode of its TV series “Planet Mechanics.” The series focuses on ways to lower energy consumption by utilizing the environmentally conscious technology of the future. The episode is entitled “Electric Water Taxi” and…more

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Trade Only wins magazine award

Soundings Trade Only won an Apex Award for Publication Excellence. APEX awards are held annually and are based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content and overall communications. This year there were nearly 5,000 entries in 11 major categories. Associate editor Melanie Winters won in the feature writing category for her article, “Scraping Bottom,” which…more

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Soundings Trade Only will not publish its e-mail newsletter today in observance of Independence Day. We wish each of you a safe, happy and healthy holiday.

Changing places

Maretron names Kip Wasilewski sales manager for the Eastern North America region. Maretron, a leading developer and manufacturer of marine electronic networked instrumentation, announced the appointment of Kip Wasilewski as its new sales manager for the Eastern North America sales region. Wasilewski, a graduate of Rider University, brings 24 years experience in the marine electronics…more

Windsor Craft picks document specialist

Windsor Craft Yachts chose boat documentation specialist Ken Cook Co. to develop a customized World Class Owner Manual Program. Windsor Craft is the third Genmar boatbuilder to adopt the program. The program provides boatbuilders with in-depth product support documentation to enhance brand recognition, customer service and dealer support. It also assures buyers their new boat…more

Volvo completes Spanish-speaking outreach

Volvo Penta recently completed its first round of Spanish-speaking technical training sessions at its Chesapeake, Va., headquarters with select international Tiara Yachts dealers. This initiative followed a successful Tiara Yachts IPS technical training session for all of Tiara’s North American dealers. The effort reached out to Tiara’s international service technicians so they can relay information…more

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