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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.

Oil prices tumble again

Oil prices fell more than $4 a barrel today following an announcement that OPEC will hold off on production cuts for at least another two weeks. U.S. crude for January delivery dropped $4.13 to $50.30 a barrel after today’s announcement, according to a report from CNNmoney.com. This compares to a high of $147.27 in July.…more

MRAA honors three who helped pass Clean Boating Act

The Marine Retailers Association of America recently honored U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), and Reps. James Oberstar (D-Minn.) and Steven LaTourette (R-Ohio) with its annual Legislative Awards. The awards were presented during the MRAA’s annual convention last month in Las Vegas. The MRAA says the three legislators were instrumental in the passage of the Clean…more

West Marine grand opening in Key Largo this weekend

West Marine will hold a grand opening celebration Dec. 6-7 for its newly expanded and remodeled store in Key Largo, Fla. The store expanded from 11,000 to 18,000 square feet and includes more product offerings in the core areas of electronics, fishing, maintenance and engine systems. The grand opening will include seminars on offshore fishing…more

CWR Electronics says promotions were a success

CWR Electronics reported that two sales promotions offered last month were a “huge success.” The Bayville, N.J.-based marine electronics distributor partnered with UPS to offer free ground freight for the first three weeks of November, providing dealers relief from rising shipping costs and helping jump-start sales for the holiday season, according to the distributor. In…more

Colligo will exhibit at show in Europe

Colligo Marine of Mesa, Ariz., will be at Salon Nautique de Paris this month to introduce its product line to the European market. Colligo will feature the following items in a booth and aboard a Corsair 28CC trimaran during the Dec. 5-14 show: Colligo Synthetic Systems Emergency Shroud Kit, Synthetic Systems Rigging Hardware, Continuous Line…more

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Assault two-person pilothouse

Pacific Pilothouses introduced its Assault two-person pilothouse designed for RIBs and center console boats with a beam of 5 feet or more, according to the company. The Assault, which weighs in at 335 pounds with a height of 79 inches and a width of 49 inches, is designed for military, first responders, search-and-rescue, fire, enforcement,…more

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BattCom

Charles Marine & Industrial Group is offering a 12-volt waterproof battery combiner with 280-amp capacity. It’s called BattCom. “BattCom eliminates the need for battery isolators and battery switches and provides a heavier current capacity than any other battery combiner on the market,” says Charles Marine general manager Lyle St. Romain. Designed for boats from 15…more

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SecureCore Pencil Anodes

Sacrificial anodes help protect engines and heat exchangers from corrosion, but loose pieces of a worn anode can cause irreparable damage. Performance Metals’ new SecureCore Pencil Anodes are extruded with a heavy-duty, central steel core that secures the anode material until consumed, the company says. Traditional pencil anodes are die-cast and screwed into brass plugs.…more

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Westerbeke 17.0 EDE

Westerbeke completed its line of marine diesel generators that have the capability to network with other electronic devices. The Taunton, Mass., company’s latest electronic generator is the 17.0 EDE, offered in two kilowatt ratings — 17 kW (60 Hertz @ 1800 RPM) for the U.S. market and 13.5 kW (50 Hertz @ 1500 RPM) for…more

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Hands-on learning is still the specialty

For 30 years, The Landing School has been grooming students for marine careers The Landing School — an accredited institute that teaches boatbuilding, yacht design, marine systems and composites courses — commemorates its 30th anniversary this year. The school, which for three decades has provided a steady stream of skilled staff into the marine industry,…more

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