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.

U.S. Reel picks marketing and PR team

U.S. Reel of St. Louis appointed Adventure Advertising of Buford, Ga., and the Walker Agency of Scottsdale, Ariz., to lead its marketing and public relations efforts. “Both agencies have category experience in fishing tackle and are well-known in the fishing tackle industry,” said U.S. Reel president Fred Kemp, in a statement. Mike Walker will head…more

NYMTA leads fight against proposed boat tax

Marine industry lobbyists in New York are launching a grassroots effort to fight the governor’s proposed tax increase for boats and other luxury items. “We have to educate the governor’s office on what this will do to business in New York,” Chris Squeri, executive director of the New York Marine Trades Association, told Soundings Trade…more

Seawide holds ABYC certification classes

Seawide Distribution recently hosted an on-site training program at its Seattle offices to help marine professionals in the area earn electrical certification from the American Boat and Yacht Council. Sponsored by the Northwest Marine Trade Association, the training session featured two classes: an ABYC Basic Electrical course and an ABYC Electrical Certification course. All 12…more

Yamaha expanding Georgia operation

Yamaha Watercraft is planning a 200,000-square-foot expansion of its parts depot in Kennesaw, Ga., to increase capacity and efficiency. “We are making important investments in our business and our facilities that will improve how we work with our dealers and enhance the experience our customers have with the Yamaha brand,” said Bryan Seti, Yamaha national…more

Sterndrive Engineering offers lower units for V6 outboards

Sterndrive Engineering is offering new replacement lower units for the big three OEM V6 outboards. “Our customers have been asking for them for quite sometime, so we felt there would be enough demand to warrant the large investment required to manufacture and test the new products,” said company president Greg Pickren, in a statement. The…more

Skeeter to to play Santa in Texas

Skeeter Products Inc. will spread Christmas cheer to children around East Texas through its Boat Load of Toys program. The Kilgore, Texas-based company will distribute more than 550 toys donated during the Skeeter Owner’s Tournament held on Lake Fork. “Our Boat Load of Toys program was initiated by Skeeter, but our owners are responsible for…more

SoCal group holding women’s convention

The Southern California Yachting Association will hold its 20th annual Women’s Sailing Convention Feb. 7 at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club in Corona del Mar, Calif. The event is open to all women, from novices to experts, and features more than two dozen workshops presented by top women sailors from Southern California. Topics include Suddenly…more

New York 2008: a report from the boat show

NEW YORK — The New York National Boat Show opened over the weekend, and there has been mixed reaction to the earlier dates. The show, which runs through Sunday, is nearly two weeks earlier than the last five years, when the dates straddled the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Exhibitors say attendance is down so…more


Changing Places

Joseph A. Mentz was named general manager at Fort Lauderdale-based ACR Electronics, replacing Paul M. Frank. “Joe Mentz brings broad experience and balance to a strong and talented management team,” said Dean Cantrill, vice president of operations for parent company Cobham Mission Systems, in a statement. “Joe is a dynamic, results-oriented professional who will use…more

New York considering boat tax

New York Gov. David A. Paterson wants to raise taxes on boats and other luxury items in order to close the state’s budget deficit. Paterson said his plan is meant to fill a budget gap totaling $15 billion for the rest of the current fiscal year, which ends March 31, and the following year, according…more

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