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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.

Survey shows dealers are feeling the squeeze

A recent survey of boat, RV and power-sport dealers shows “negative” trends across the board for the third quarter, according to a report by RBC Capital Markets, with certain categories down in the 50 percent range. “Dealers are under stress, especially in the RV and marine industries, where trends are worse and excess capacity is…more

West Marine sees soft third-quarter sales

West Marine recently reported a decrease in net sales and comparable-store sales for the third quarter and year to date. Net sales for the 13 weeks ending Sept. 27 were $180.2 million, a decrease of $8.2 million, or 4.4 percent, from net sales of $188.4 million for the same period a year ago, primarily because…more

Boater101 program given federal grant

Marine University’s Boater101 boating safety course received a $90,000 federal grant to allow for development of an on-water component. The grant is administered by the Coast Guard. “At a time when dealers want to make sure the customers are getting what they need to enjoy the boating experience, Boater101 is stepping up to give the…more

True Harbor adds Australian distributor

To keep up with worldwide demand for its TrueDeck panels, True Harbor brought on Australian distributor DS Agencies. DS Agencies has specialized in sales, marketing, project management and logistics throughout Australia and New Zealand for more than 25 years. Based in West Perth, Western Australia, the company supplies a range of products to the building…more

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Changing Places

Alton J. (A.J.) Evans joined the Newport, R.I. office of Sparkman & Stephens as a yacht broker. A lifelong boater, Evans has a background in admiralty law. After graduating law school, he maintained his relationship with yachting through brokerage. He has logged several Newport-Bermuda races among other notable voyages, including a trans-Atlantic and various cruising…more

Changing Places

Gleb Tchaikovski was appointed vice president of sales for Koden America Inc., of St. Petersburg, Fla. He will oversee sales of the Koden and SI-TEX lines of electronics on the West Coast and western Canada. Tchaikovski has more than 10 years of experience in the marine electronics industry. Prior to joining Koden, he held various…more

Changing Places

Michael Sciulla is leaving BoatU.S. after 28 years with the organization to join the American Recreation Coalition as a senior fellow. Sciulla will be working on recreational policy issues, as well as a National Geographic Society book on scenic waterways. He will continue to contribute to BoatU.S. Magazine as editor-at-large through 2009. Sciulla was founding…more

MMA holding reception, launches Speakers Bureau

The Marine Marketers of America will hold a social event at the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis today. The cocktail reception, hosted by Canadian Yachting and Sail magazines, will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at The Federal House and will provide an opportunity to network with fellow marketers. In other news, the MMA…more

Rulefinder.net offers ABYC-standards calculation sheet

Rulefinder.net launched a new version of its standards library that offers online automated calculation sheets. “No other software offers these kinds of intuitive online calculation sheets, which are based totally and only on the standards,” said Wieger de Wit, director of Rulefinder.net, in a statement. “The first release offers calculation according to the ABYC H5…more

NMEA hands out awards at annual convention

The National Marine Electronics Association presented several industry awards during its annual convention Oct. 1-4 in San Diego. Icom America, of Bellevue, Wash., took top honors in the Communications category for its M604 VHF radio. It’s the third consecutive year the company has won in this category. Click here for the complete release. Furuno USA,…more

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