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.

Changing Places

Michael Sciulla is leaving BoatU.S. after 28 years with the organization to join the American Recreation Coalition as a senior fellow. Sciulla will be working on recreational policy issues, as well as a National Geographic Society book on scenic waterways. He will continue to contribute to BoatU.S. Magazine as editor-at-large through 2009. Sciulla was founding…more

MMA holding reception, launches Speakers Bureau

The Marine Marketers of America will hold a social event at the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis today. The cocktail reception, hosted by Canadian Yachting and Sail magazines, will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at The Federal House and will provide an opportunity to network with fellow marketers. In other news, the MMA…more

Rulefinder.net offers ABYC-standards calculation sheet

Rulefinder.net launched a new version of its standards library that offers online automated calculation sheets. “No other software offers these kinds of intuitive online calculation sheets, which are based totally and only on the standards,” said Wieger de Wit, director of Rulefinder.net, in a statement. “The first release offers calculation according to the ABYC H5…more

NMEA hands out awards at annual convention

The National Marine Electronics Association presented several industry awards during its annual convention Oct. 1-4 in San Diego. Icom America, of Bellevue, Wash., took top honors in the Communications category for its M604 VHF radio. It’s the third consecutive year the company has won in this category. Click here for the complete release. Furuno USA,…more

Marine Products set to release 3Q results

Marine Products Corp., the Atlanta-based manufacturer of Chaparral and Robalo boats, will release its financial results for the third quarter ending Sept. 30, before the market opens Oct. 29. The company will host a conference call that morning to review the quarterly numbers. The call will begin at 8 a.m. (EDT) and will be broadcast…more

Changing Places

Taylor Made Systems of Gloversville, N.Y., made two appointments to its New Product Development Team. James Hoehn Jr. was named director of the NPD Team and Ryan Hoban joined the group as industrial designer. As key members of the engineering team, they will be responsible for adapting innovations in design, engineering and technology to the…more

IBEX forum: Be smarter, leaner in tough times

MIAMI BEACH — A panel of industry veterans last night said the keys to getting through the current economic conditions include building more fuel-efficient boats, bringing new people into boating, and streamlining business operations. The discussion took place at a “Surviving the Storm” forum during the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference, which runs through today…more

Green Marina Summit starts Friday

Marine construction professionals from around the country will gather in Stuart, Fla., Friday and Saturday for the first Green Marine Summit. The summit will showcase sustainable, eco-friendly products, construction and management practices, and inform attendees on the design, building and financing of green marine projects. Speakers include Jan McAdams, an expert in funding for green…more

Changing Places

Lance Brown was appointed vice president of business development at Glacier Bay Inc., the Union City, Calif.-based manufacturer of power and thermal management technologies. Brown will be responsible for the development of new products based on the Glacier Bay OSSA Powerlite platform. A licensed California yacht and ship broker, he comes to Glacier Bay from…more

NMBA lending conference slated for mid-November

The program for the National Marine Bankers Association’s Marine Lending Conference will feature business sessions on lending and boating industry issues, networking opportunities, and other events. The conference is scheduled for Nov. 16-18 at the Hyatt Grand Champions Resort in Indian Wells, Calif. Business sessions include Economic Update, Gaining and Keeping Customers, Protection from Fraud,…more

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