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.

Discover Boating wants your boating success stories

As part of a public relations effort to promote the boating lifestyle, Discover Boating is looking for first-person testimonials. Manufacturers and dealers are being asked to pass along interesting stories shared by their customers. These stories can then be passed on to the media to show how people continue to enjoy boating despite the economy.…more

Sail hands out Best Boat Awards

Sail magazine recognized innovation in new sailboats this week with its 2009 Best Boats Awards. The awards are given in the following categories: Flagship (greater than 50 feet), Cruising Monohull, Cruising Multihull, Performance Boat, Small Boat (less than 25 feet), Accommodations, Systems, and Deck and Cockpit design. Judges examined the sailboats debuting at the Newport…more

Changing Places

Red Oak Marketing Group, of Lake Forest, Ill., appointed Krishna Krovi chief operating officer. “With our rapid growth, we needed to strengthen and expand our executive group,” said John Trkla, Red Oak president and CEO, in a statement. “Krishna brings a range of experience to our organization, from applying financial skills to operations to past…more

Industry ‘giants’ address Vegas dealer conference

LAS VEGAS — The current economic news may not be good, but Wednesday’s speakers at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo continued to offer dealers advice and suggestions on how to weather the storm until the market rebounds. The sessions ranged from tips on strategic profit planning and successful marketing techniques to panel discussions from…more

Several builders using latest Volvo IPS models

More than a dozen builders plan to equip boats with Volvo Penta’s new, more powerful pod-drive system with joystick steering — the IPS800 and IPS900, or “IPS 2,” according to the engine manufacturer. The new Lazzara LSX 92, which will be on display at the Miami International Boat Show Feb. 12-16, is powered with four…more

SLIDE SHOW: Thought you were having a rough day? Part II

Here’s yet another reminder that, regardless of how bad your day is going, someone is always having a worse time. In October, the cargo ship Fedra ran aground in Gibraltar and was pinned against cliffs at Europa Point. Shortly after all crewmembers were evacuated, the ship was torn in two, pounded in extreme gale-force winds.…more

NOAA puts whale-compliance rules online

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released an electronic version of its Compliance Guide for the Right Whale Ship Strike Reduction Rule. The guide summarizes the details of the rule restricting ship speeds to 10 knots or less in areas and seasons along the East Coast where North Atlantic right whales are known to populate.…more

Regal Marine honored by local chamber of commerce

Regal Marine of Valdosta, Ga., recently won a Manufacturer of the Year award from the Valdosta-Lowndes County (Ga.) Chamber of Commerce. Tim Kuck, Regal’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, said the award is “a testament to the fine work done by our employees” and to the leadership of plant manager Greg Justice. Kuck…more

Neptune Group Yachting opens shop in Brazil

Neptune Group Yachting of Fort Lauderdale opened a new Latin American division in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The new division will be managed by Eduardo T. Nahuys, resident agent. Neptune president DJ Parker said Nahuys’ Brazilian heritage and extensive background in yachting and chartering will “add invaluable expertise in the lucrative Latin American market.”

Early IMBC registration discount ends Nov. 30

Industry professionals planning to attend the 2009 International Marina & Boatyard Conference have until Nov. 30 to take advantage of the early registration discount. Producers of the IMBC, scheduled for Jan. 25-28 in Fort Lauderdale, are offering a $50 discount to those who register on or before Nov. 30. Registration options for the IMBC include…more

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