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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.

R.I. boat show focusing on affordable boats

Producers of the Providence Boat Show are taking steps to help Rhode Island boaters deal with the challenging economic times. The Jan. 29-Feb. 1 show will feature family cruising and fishing boats, as well as small sailing craft, personal watercraft and inflatables. There will also be hundreds of exhibits offering gear, technology, engines and electronics.…more

Maine seeks to expand no-discharge zones

Maine wants to establish no-discharge zones along some of its coastal waters. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency received a petition from the state requesting a determination that adequate pumpout facilities are available for waters of Kennebunk, Kennebunkport, and Wells. Comments on this proposal to establish a no-discharge zone for those waters can be submitted until…more

Grand Rapids show offering discounts and other incentives

Producers of Michigan’s 64th annual Grand Rapids Boat Show say this year’s show will feature unprecedented incentives for buyers. “Rebates, discounts, low-interest financing and extended warranties are often in the mix,” said Henri Boucher, event producer for ShowSpan Inc., in a statement. “Couple those incentives with new and unsold dealer inventories, and you have what…more

Colfax debuts new Asian Web site

Colfax Corp., the Richmond, Va.-based pump manufacturer, launched an Asia Pacific Web site in English and Chinese. “As a global company with a significant presence in the Asia Pacific region, we know it’s important that our customers be able to able to read about Colfax’s solutions and communicate with us in their local language,” said…more

Caravelle receives award for its Crossover 240

Caravelle Powerboats of Americus, Ga., received the 2009 Excellence in Design Award from Trailer Boats magazine for the company’s new Crossover 240. Caravelle says the 240 “blurs the lines between a bowrider and deckboat, while sporting unique features like 100 percent wood-free construction, pickle fork bow styling, and a rear facing transom benchseat.” The award…more

Changing Places

Jake Fish is taking over communications duties at US Sailing following last week’s departure of Marlieke Eaton. Eaton sent out an e-mail last week to inform industry colleagues that she is leaving the organization to move across the country, and then overseas for her husband’s next U.S. Navy duty station. “It’s been a great six…more

Dealers and Distributors

Walker Bay Boats says Land ‘N’ Sea will now have complete national coverage of its rigid dinghy, AirDock and Breeze sailboat lines. “Land ‘N’ Sea has an excellent, longstanding reputation for servicing the marine industry. Their inventory management is among the best, and we are thrilled to have them supplying our dealers with product when…more

Help wanted: Northwest MTA seeks new president

The Northwest Marine Trade Association is searching for a new president to replace Michael Campbell, who will step down in June after 10 years with the organization. “Michael Campbell has been a tremendous leader for this organization,” said Patrick Baker, vice chairman of the NMTA. “He brought a new culture to NMTA that fosters growth…more

Hacker Boat adds production facility

Hacker Boat Company has expanded its production facilities with the acquisition of a 32,000-square-foot facility in Ticonderoga, N.Y. The company, which builds Hacker-Craft mahogany boats, now has five locations, including two new acquisitions in Hague, N.Y. The Decker Hill location offers inside and outside storage on nine acres. The other acquisition, Kings Boat Works, offers…more

Eat fish — it’s good for the sole

The Food and Drug Administration is urging the government to amend its advisory that certain groups — women of child-bearing years, pregnant women, nursing mothers, infants and children — should limit how much fish they eat. The FDA says the benefits of seafood outweigh the health risks and that most people should eat more fish,…more

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