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.

New Jersey trade group awards student scholarships

The Marine Trades Association of New Jersey Foundation awarded scholarships to outstanding students pursuing careers in the marine industry. The MTA/NJ Foundation was established to help promote boating safety and education and, most recently, to raise funds for a new scholarship to encourage education in the marine trades field. This is the third year the…more

Registration starts for Fort Lauderdale conference

Online registration is now available for the 2009 International Marina & Boatyard Conference, scheduled for Jan. 25-28, 2009 in Fort Lauderdale. The Association of Marina Industries and the American Boat Builders and Repairers Association, who own and operate the conference, are offering an online option for registration this year, though traditional registration options also are…more


Businesses spin a snappier Web

Companies pump money, creativity into site redesign to attract and hold boating prospects More than 70 percent of U.S. adults use the Internet, and those with higher incomes and more education are the most likely to explore the Web — figures that are not lost on the marine industry. Based on that finding from www.Infoplease.com,…more

Brunswick’s credit rating lowered by S&P

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services lowered its long-term ratings Monday on Brunswick Corp. The corporate credit rating was lowered to ‘BBB-’ from ‘BBB’. Standard and Poor’s placed these ratings, along with the ‘A-3′ short term rating, on CreditWatch with negative implications, indicating the possibility for downward rating action over the immediate term. “The rating downgrade and CreditWatch…more

Boat sales continued downward trend in May

Boat sales were down in May, with aluminum boats faring slightly better than fiberglass boats, according to Statistical Surveys. The report includes 25 early reporting states, which represent close to 59 percent of the national market. Fiberglass boat sales, in the popular lengths of 14 to 30 feet, are down from last May, falling 30.4…more

Florida woman given sailing leadership award

Patricia Harvey Seidenspinner of St. Petersburg, Fla., was recently honored with the annual Leadership in Women’s Sailing Award at ceremonies capping the day-long Women’s Sailing Conference at Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, Mass. The award honors a male or female who has a record of achievement in giving something back to the sport of sailing…more

MRAA: Clean Boating Act held up

The Marine Retailers Association of America today issued an update on the status of the Clean Boating Act. The Clean Boating Act of 2008 would fully and permanently restore a longstanding regulation that excludes recreational boaters and anglers from the federal and state permitting requirements. Without passage of this bill, complex regulations will go into…more

Fischer Panda debuts Web store

Fischer Panda Generators U.S. has launched an online parts store. Through the site, http://store.fischerpanda.com/servlet/StoreFront, customers can locate dealers in their area or if a dealer is not available, the customer can order spare parts directly through the Web site. Fischer Panda Generators U.S. has 285 authorized dealers in North and South America and the Caribbean.…more


‘She’ power: It’s in the purse strings

Marketing to women can be more profitable than you realize — if it’s done right “If Mama doesn’t want the boat, he ain’t getting the boat.” That’s the adage Wanda Kenton Smith cites when convincing clients of her advertising and public relations agency that women are as important as men when making a boat sale.…more

Safety outfitter teams with USODA

Landfall, a marine offshore outfitter and safety expert, entered into a partnership with the United States Optimist Dinghy Association. The company also announced it has been named as an official North American dealership for Optiparts, the leading supplier of Optimist spars, blades, fittings and accessories. These moves come as part of Landfall’s continued expansion into…more

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