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.

Comments sought on Pacific fishing ban

The National Marine Manufacturers Association issued an Action Alert to help prevent recreational fishing closures in areas of the Pacific. NMMA says anti-recreational fishing groups are pressuring the Bush administration to ban angling in thousands of square miles in the central Pacific. The association is asking members to remind government officials about the importance of…more

Conn. DEP extends deadline for runoff regulation

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection is extending the deadline for the state’s marinas and boatyards to comply with the environmental regulations of the federal and state Water Pollution Control Act. The act deals with discharges associated with runoff from pressure-washing boat bottoms. The deadline for compliance had been December, but the DEP extended the…more

Harken manager wins Sail magazine award

Bill Goggins, commercial manager of Harken Yacht Equipment in Pewaukee, Wis., was awarded Sail magazine’s Industry Leadership Award Oct. 10 during a ceremony at the Annapolis Sailboat Show. Goggins’ contributions to the sailing industry include helping grow the Discover Sailing program, and his accomplishments as president of Sail America — the sailing industry’s trade association…more

Marine trades open house next week in R.I.

Open houses at marine trade businesses in Bristol and Warren, R.I., will be offered by the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 25. More than 20 firms at selected East Bay sites will be offering tours to introduce the boating industry to local and state officials, business partners and associates,…more

President Bush signs vessel-design act

President Bush Thursday signed the Vessel Hull Design Protection Act Amendments of 2008 into law. The amendments, which correct a technical issue in the original VHDPA, provide boatbuilders with increased protection from intellectual property violations that occur through hull splashing. Hull splashing is the process of replicating an original hull by making copies using a…more


Hella Marine catalog featured in three languages

Hella Marine’s latest catalog is being released worldwide in English, German and French. The 87-page catalog includes more than 600 marine lighting products and includes definitions, drawings and charts. The introductory pages explain the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea and illustrate IMO COLREG requirements for both power- and sailboats. High-resolution PDFs of each…more

Dealer Digest

Scout Boats recently held its 2009 model year dealer meeting in Charleston, S.C. In addition to unveiling six new models, Scout awarded its top dealers from model year 2008. The builder recognized its top 10 dealers at the event, including Exotic Boats of Greece as Dealer of the Year. The Dealer Sales Award winners were:…more

Changing Places

Applied Weather Technology, a provider of fleet optimization software and services, announced the addition of two executives, Vincent (Skip) Vaccarello as president and CEO and Phil Ahlfeldt as vice president of sales. Vaccarello brings nearly 30 years of executive-level management experience in Silicon Valley with such companies as VisiCorp, Communications Solutions, 3Com, and The Saratoga…more

Technicold unveils new Web site

Technicold by Northern Lights, a leader in marine climate control and refrigeration, has launched a new Web site. Since purchasing Technicold from Rich Beers Marine in January, Northern Lights has been developing the marketing campaign for Technicold’s line of on-board air-conditioning, air-handling and refrigeration systems. In addition to providing information on Technicold products, the new…more

Skeeter expands operations

Skeeter Products recently completed a capital expansion program at the company’s Kilgore, Texas, manufacturing plant to accommodate the future growth of its boatbuilding operations. The new 25,000-square-foot warehouse allows the company to store all of its raw materials in one central location. The space will feature adjustable racking systems, designated office space, and multiple truck…more

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