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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.

Dealer digest

Pursuit Boats of Fort Pierce, Fla., will host a marine industry dealership certification launch workshop Aug. 27, following its 2009 dealer conference at the South Seas Island Resort in Captiva Island, Fla. Non-Pursuit dealers also are welcome to participate. “We know that in today’s demanding marketplace, customer expectations have never been higher,” said Pursuit’s Ron…more

ABYC unveils large report revision

The American Boat & Yacht Council announced one of the largest revisions to its Standards and Technical Information Reports. The council said 16 of its 66 reports have been updated, and will now be available as part of the 2008-2009 edition of the ABYC Standards and Technical Information Reports for Small Craft. These 16 standards…more

Brunswick moves up 2Q conference call

Brunswick Corp. has rescheduled next week’s conference call on its second quarter 2008 financial results. The call will be held at 10 a.m. EDT next Thursday; the earnings report will be released before the market opens. “We decided to hold the call an hour earlier than previously scheduled to avoid a conflict with another company’s…more

Ranger makes powerboat “best buy” list

Consumers Digest magazine named the 2008 Ranger Z520 its top “premium selection” in its list of “Best Buys in Powerboats.” The editors of Consumers Digest praised the interior layout, seat design and smooth, rough-water ride of the Z520. The magazine also touted the speed, acceleration and standard equipment features of the Z520 Comanche. “To receive…more

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Changing places

Island Packet Yachts of Largo, Fla., recently announced several new staff positions and titles. Will Dittmer, who has been with the company for 13 years, was promoted from his position as customer care manager to purchasing/materials manager. Warren Sweet, who has been with the company for eight years, has taken over as customer care manager.…more

Marinco redesigns Web site

LAS VEGAS — The Marinco Electrical Group, a provider of electrical and harsh environment solutions, unveiled its newly redesigned Web site Wednesday at the Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show. The site can be found at www.marinco.com. “As today’s visitors demand quick and easy access to complete information, we have developed a multi-audience, one-stop shop to…more

Arkansas gets first TowBoatU.S. port

Capt. Jason Harte, a third-generation commercial tug boat captain, opened the first TowBoatU.S. towing port in Arkansas. TowBoatU.S. Beaver Lake is located at Prairie Creek Marina and provides tows back to a marina or launch ramp, fuel deliveries, battery jump-starts, or ungrounding services. Harte has stationed a white 22-foot response boat at the port. “One…more

MAATS opens on an upbeat note in Vegas

LAS VEGAS — The Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show opened here this morning, and organizers say this year’s event, held in conjunction with ICAST, should be a success. “(Attendees) are excited to get into their meetings and get their business done,” said Kathleen Clickett, manager of trade events for the National Marine Manufacturers Association, which…more

Gelcoat, resin prices go up again

Cook Composites and Polymers announced an 8 cent per pound price increase for all gel coats, unsaturated polyester and vinyl ester resins. All materials packaged in steel containers will increase an additional 4 cents per pound. The new pricing is effective with shipments made on or after Aug. 4. This is in addition to the…more

Sea Grant TV series wins national award

Coastwatch on North Carolina Now — a partnership between North Carolina Sea Grant and UNC-TV — has earned an Award of Excellence from the national Awards for Communications Excellence competition, known as APEX. The honor was in the category of “Special Purpose Electronic and Video Productions.” The award-winning series provides coastal feature stories from Sea…more

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