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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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Bertram Yacht turns to eco-friendly products

Bertram Yacht says it effectively eliminated the use of acetone from its manufacturing processes, a major step in Bertram’s ongoing implementation of “green” initiatives. Acetone is typically used by boat manufacturers in their production process for the cleaning of fiberglass, tools and equipment. Although it is an effective cleaning agent and the use of it…more

Calif. commission approves harbor-improvement funds

The California Boating and Waterways Commission recently approved nearly $6.4 million in grants and loans for the improvement of harbors. The commission approved a $5.3 million loan to fund improvements to the San Francisco Marina’s West Harbor. It also approved the transfer of $500,000 in loan funds already approved in fiscal year 2006-2007 for the…more

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Flooding leads to Midwest boating ban

Recreational boating has been banned in many parts of Iowa and the Midwest because of severe flooding. Boating is now prohibited on rivers and streams in Henry County and in the Skunk River in Washington County, according to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Similar bans by the U.S. Coast Guard also are in place…more

Changing places

Sea Recovery named Alex Koh, formerly with Unisteel Technology Ltd., to manage Asian-Pacific sales from its new Singapore office. The company hopes to build and improve its relationship with Asian boatbuilders and marine retailers by employing Koh, who is familiar with the customs and culture of the surrounding areas. Koh, who is fluent in English…more

Michigan boating foundation awards student scholarships

The Recreational Boating Industries Educational Foundation recently awarded $7,500 in scholarship funds to 12 students for the 2008-2009 school year.   The RBIEF scholarship fund was developed in 1984 by the Michigan Boating Industries Association as a support program for students interested in pursuing careers in the recreational boating industry.   With this grant, the…more

Three tow ports added to network

TowBoatU.S. announced three additions to its nationwide towing service. Capt. Charlie Meyer opened a third TowBoatU.S. port on the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri at mile marker 28.5 at Miller’s Landing Marina. The Coast Guard-licensed Meyer also owns TowBoatU.S. Lake of the Ozarks located near mile marker 11 and TowBoatU.S. Osage Beach at Dave…more

Arkansas boat makers announce cutbacks

Two Arkansas boat makers, Ranger and BassCat, have scaled back on labor. Ranger Boats is using a work-share agreement with employees to abbreviate its work week to two shifts, three days a week. The company employs about 800 people. Ranger is in model changeover, explained Irwin Jacobs, chairman of Ranger’s parent Genmar Holdings. “Normally they…more

Women’s sailing event set for August in Wash.

The inaugural Women’s Sailing Conference kicks off Aug. 2 at the Port Townsend Yacht Club in Port Townsend, Wash. The conference, sponsored by BoatU.S., is one of three regional events held for women sailors, with others held annually in Marblehead, Mass. and Marina del Rey, Calif. The all-day sailing workshops specifically for women are organized…more

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