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.


Changing Places

Paul Frank has announced his retirement as president of safety and survival equipment manufacturer ACR Electronics, effective Jan. 1. Frank joined Fort Lauderdale-based ACR in 1980 as vice president of administration and was named president in 1994. Under his leadership, the company has evolved from a small U.S. manufacturer selling primarily to military and aviation…more

Sierra International adding new products

Marine engine and drive parts manufacturer Sierra International added more than 150 new products for the 2009 boating season. These new products have been specially added to help Sierra distributors and sales professionals grow market share at the dealer level. Highlighting the product additions for 2009 are 21 new thermostats and thermostat kits, 15 new…more

Women’s fishing seminars reduce early registration price

The “Ladies, Let’s Go Fishing!” seminar series for women is now priced less than $100 for early-bird registrations received at least one month in advance. Hosted by Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and presented by Mercury Outboards, the weekend seminars teach women saltwater fishing techniques for inshore, offshore, bottom and fly fishing at beginner and advanced…more

Changing Places

Harken Yacht Equipment announced several appointments to its leadership team. Harken Italy’s general manager Giampaolo Spera was named CEO for Harken Global Operations. Spera, an 18-year veteran of the company, will also continue as Harken Italy’s general manager. Andrea Merello was named Harken Italy’s vice general manager. Merello has been with Harken for 13 years…more

RBFF adds online community forum

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation has created a new online community that complements the national Take Me Fishing campaign. Called Fishington, The Fishing & Boating Capital of the Internet, it leverages different approaches from established social networking platforms, but is specifically tailored for boating and fishing enthusiasts. Being part of this community allows members…more

New York Times columnist says boats are good investments

The New York Times recently published a column titled, “Some purchases may still be worth the price,” in which the writer advocates looking at buying a boat as an investment in something more valuable than the money spent. While author Ron Lieber said he understands the mentality of looking at it as unnecessary spending of…more


XFR Marine Repair Kit

Rhino Hide’s Xtreme Fast Repair (XFR) Marine Repair Kit is a fast-setting liquid plastic to anchor, rebuild, bond and repair all kinds of surfaces. The waterproof, non-sag, fast-curing moldable urethane is perfect for fiberglass, wood, metal, tile, concrete and other bondable surfaces, according to the company. XFR sets in one minute. It is solid, yet…more


DowcoLok QR

DOWCO, Inc., has unveiled DowcoLok QR (Quick Release), a hardware system for boat and pontoon canopy tops. “This hardware is designed to take the rattles out of the recreational boating experience,” said David Leif, president of DOWCO Marine. DowcoLok QR is a low-profile deck mounting button that requires only a single point of attachment to…more



The Vessel-Retriever from Marine Flotation Products gives marina owners and salvage companies a new way to respond to sunken vessels. Whether the damaged boat is in a slip, on a mooring, or at sea, Vessel-Retriever quickly lifts it out of harm’s way, according to the company. Engineered for mobility and temporary use, the Vessel-Retriever consists…more


Q&A with Margaret Podlich

Margaret Podlich has spent most of her life, both professionally and personally, dealing with water issues.A 1986 graduate of Tulane University in New Orleans, she started her career working with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, quickly finding a niche creating many of the “green boating” concepts and materials now used nationwide. Podlich, 44, joined the Center…more

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