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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.

AFI founder Kitchen dies at 69

John C. “Jack” Kitchen, considered a marine industry leader, innovator and pioneer, died Sept. 28 at the age of 69. “Jack was an industry icon for many years,” John Tinghitella, vice president of sales for Marinco Electrical Group, told Soundings Trade Only. Kitchen was one of the founders of American Foreign Industries, now part of…more

New marketing firm serving the marine industry

Marketing firm Pro Lead Management is offering a written guarantee to help manufacturers and dealers improve business through innovative lead management strategies. “We design and execute turnkey lead management programs incorporating proven best practices to generate, capture and convert more leads into sales — guaranteed,” said Evan Davis, who recently launched the Huntersville, N.C.-based company,…more

NBSAC will meet in Arlington, Va.

The National Boating Safety Advisory Council and its subcommittees will meet in Arlington, Va., next month. NBSAC will meet Nov. 1 from 8 to 11:30 a.m., and Nov. 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Prevention through People subcommittee will meet Nov. 1 from 1 to 5 p.m. The Recreational Boating Safety Strategic Planning…more

ABYC updates seminar schedule

An updated 2008 schedule of certification and seminar courses is now posted on the American Boat & Yacht Council Web site. The schedule lists dates, locations and course descriptions, and includes the newly revised A/C & Refrigeration Certification and recently updated Diesel Engine & Support Systems Certification course. Some courses for 2009 also are listed.…more

Westlawn debuts design competition

The Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology announces a new boat design competition. The contest — held in conjunction with PassageMaker magazine and sponsored by Imtra Marine Lighting, with matching funds from the American Boat and Yacht Council — is similar to Westlawn’s sailboat design competitions. However, this challenge aims to find a trawler design that…more

Yachting magazine wins design award

Yachting magazine won a gold medal for design excellence in Folio: magazine’s annual Eddie and Ozzie Awards competition. Folio: announced the winners of the Eddie Awards for Editorial Excellence and Ozzie Awards for Magazine Design in Chicago last week. Yachting won a Gold Ozzie for Best Feature Design for “Rescue in the Southern Ocean” in…more

BoatU.S. safety grant deadline is Nov. 1

The deadline to apply for the BoatU.S. Foundation’s Boating Safety Grant program is less than a month away. The program offers grants up to $4,000 for boating safety projects, with a total of $50,000 available. While all applications will be considered, those that incorporate new ideas that focus on reducing alcohol-related fatalities will be given…more

NMMA’s Dammrich to keynote awards banquet

NMMA president Thom Dammrich will be the keynote speaker at the inaugural Marketing Awards Banquet, hosted by Marine Marketers of America during the Oct. 30-Nov. 3 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Dammrich will address the topic “Waves of Change” during the Oct. 30 luncheon, which also includes a presentation of the industry’s top marketing awards.…more

Senate passes amendments to Vessel Hull Design Protection Act

Legislation designed to strengthen and clarify the Vessel Hull Design Protection Act of 1998 was approved by Congress and awaits the President’s signature to become law. The Senate on Tuesday passed H.R. 6531, the Vessel Hull Design Protection Act Amendments of 2008. The amendments, passed in July by the House of Representatives, will provide boatbuilders…more

RBFF will talk about boater participation at IBEX

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation will be on hand at next week’s International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference to discuss the organization’s efforts to increase participation in boating. “The revamped TakeMeFishing.org is working harder to drive boat registrations, promote safe boating practices, and provide users the tools they need to purchase and maintain a boat,”…more

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