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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.

Duck opens another Va. towing port

Capt. K. “Donald” Duck opened his fifth on-the-water towing port, TowBoatU.S. Hopewell, Va., which provides tows back to a marina or launch ramp, fuel deliveries, battery jump starts, or ungrounding services for recreational boaters. The USCG-licensed skipper also owns TowBoatU.S. locations in Portsmouth, Norfolk and Poquoson, Va., as well as TowBoatU.S. Coinjock, N.C. TowBoatU.S. Hopewell…more

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Making cash with flash

Dealers and builders find burgeoning market in younger demographic that likes to purchase accessories Pimped out with bling. It is not an MTV video brainstorming session — terms increasingly batted around by marine industry executives and dealers. Boat dealers and builders are not just trying to appeal to boating baby boomers anymore; they’re focusing on…more

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Finishing both sides is warped thinking

It’s a widespread myth among woodworkers and finishers that to prevent warping it’s necessary to balance moisture-vapor exchange by finishing both sides of wood. In fact, finishing the undersides of tabletops or the insides of cabinets or chests has only limited impact on reducing the likelihood of future problems. The only reasons to go to…more

Century expands boatbuilding plant

Century expands boatbuilding plant  Despite a challenging year in which it saw a reduction in its workforce, Century Boat Company is entering the final stages of a 20,000-square-foot capital expansion project that will position the manufacturer for increased capacity and efficiency in the future. The factory’s production lines now will have a separate mold rotation…more

Coast Guard hosting security summit

The Coast Guard will host the Northeastern Small Vessel Security Summit from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Buzzards Bay, Mass.   The conference is free and open to all small vessel stakeholders. At the conference, attendees will discuss how to reduce risks and threats to smaller vessels on…more

Changing places

Textron Financial Corp. names Shelley Wilson senior VP of marketing; John Wooldridge is new editor-in-chief of PassageMaker magazine Textron Financial Corp., a Textron Inc. company, has named Shelley Wilson senior vice president of marketing. Wilson replaces Adele Suddes, who is joining Textron Inc. as executive director of customer leadership. Wilson will plan and direct all…more

Judges selected for MAATS Innovation Awards

The National Marine Manufacturers Association and Boating Writers International have announced judges for the 2008 MAATS Innovation Awards, presented during the Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show July 17 in Las Vegas.   The Innovation Awards judges panel is comprised of BWI members who perform product testing throughout the year and have specific expertise in marine…more

Bass Pro Shops teams with MarineMax for promotion

Bass Pro Shops and MarineMax pooled their resources in a joint promotion that started May 30. For 16 days, the companies will host joint events at 17 Bass Pro Shops across the country. “Both our companies offer a great outdoors lifestyle with tremendous value to our customers,” said Glenn Sandridge, vice president of marketing for…more

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An evolution for the towing business

More services is the new approach, and one is even cutting fees There was a time when boaters looked at Joe Frohnhoefer with disdain. To them, he was a glaring example of what had gone wrong with America. Frohnhoefer was one of a new breed of entrepreneur who charged boaters for non-emergency towing assistance —…more

Soft maple sales are unpredictable

Market conditions for domestic wood dealers in the last few months have been a mixed bag, at best. The lumber business is in the midst of some tough times at all levels, from the distribution yards down to the retailers, and sellers of soft maple are certainly no exception. However, even with the prevailing attitude…more

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