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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.

MRAA hands outs scholarships, names board

The Marine Retailers Association of America’s Educational Foundation presented two Technical Scholarship awards at its recent conference in Las Vegas. Thomas Dempsey, a Massachusetts native and a student at The Landing School in Arundel, Maine, received a $3,000 scholarship. Dempsey has an associate’s degree in business administration and has worked as a deckhand on the…more

Changing Places

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation appointed Nancy Logan as its new vice president of industry growth initiatives. Logan will oversee the development and management of RBFF’s program income opportunities and serve as the primary liaison to the boating and fishing industries. She also will provide strategic direction, develop and direct industry-targeted programs and coordinate…more

US Sailing symposium scheduled for next month

US Sailing will host its National Sailing Programs Symposium, “Changing Lives Through Sailing,” Jan. 7-11 in San Diego. The symposium offers sessions on a range of topics, from the basics of starting a sailing program to optimizing an already successful program. Joni Palmer, of the U.S. Naval Academy Sailing Program, will deliver the opening keynote…more

Mad Mariner now offers boat reviews

Online boating magazine Mad Mariner has added a boat review section to its Web site. Mad Mariner says its reviews provide honest, independent and detailed assessments of both sail- and powerboats, with photos, test data, documentation, testimonials and up-to-the-minute price listings. “Our new boat review library provides an advanced set of tools for readers and…more

Donation benefits C.G. Foundation’s Fallen Heroes Fund

The Coast Guard Foundation received a $75,000 donation from the Navy League of the United States for its Fallen Heroes Scholarship Fund. The Fallen Heroes Fund benefits the families of Coast Guard men and women lost in the line of duty, providing up to four years of support for children and spouses to continue their…more

Octopus updates Web site; site for women launched

Octopus, a Canadian autopilot drive manufacturer, updated its Web site with more service-oriented features to make installations and repairs easier. The site, www.octopusmarine.ca, includes an overview of steering systems, downloads for product selection and installation, and service procedures for sail- and powerboats. The site also features detailed descriptions, photos and performance data on hydraulic pumps,…more

Twin Vee closing up shop until January

Twin Vee Boats of Fort Pierce, Fla., is temporarily shutting down production to keep its inventory backlog in line with the continuing slump in sales. The company will resume production Jan. 5, CEO Scott Noble told Soundings Trade Only this morning. Until then, the catamaran fishing-boat builder has laid off most of its hourly production…more

East Coast speed limits start next week

New speed regulations aimed at reducing ship strikes with endangered North Atlantic right whales go into effect Dec. 9. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued guidance regarding the implementation of the speed restrictions, which apply to vessels 65 feet and larger in certain areas along the East Coast. Click here for the compliance…more

Feds ease up on proposed trade restrictions

The federal government is easing up on trade regulations that the marine industry says would have created a costly burden for U.S. manufacturers. The proposed regulation, “10+2”, would have required importers to report additional security filing data on cargo destined for the United States 24 hours prior to the cargo shipping date, before much of…more

Dockscape rolls out customer-relations services

Dockscape, a new company that specializes in electronic communications solutions for the marine industry, launched a Web-based service designed to help companies strengthen customer relations and grow their businesses. The service allows yard and marina operators to produce a range of professional online communications, from e-newsletters to customer bulletins and promotions. The goal is to…more

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