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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.

NMMA, Sail America agree to new partnership

The National Marine Manufacturers Association and Sail America have restructured their affiliation agreement. Under the new partnership, Sail America will continue to function as a separate legal entity and will maintain its own dedicated staff, board of directors and committees. Sail America will be responsible for endorsing and promoting sail-focused boat shows, developing outreach programs…more

MarineMax deals with third-quarter revenue decline

Revenue at MarineMax declined by more than $108 million in the third quarter, which ended June 30, compared to the same period of 2007, the company announced this morning. Revenue was $271.3 million for the quarter, compared with $379.8 million for the comparable quarter last year. Same-store sales declined about 27 percent compared with a…more

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Changing places

To ensure the Mid-Atlantic region is thoroughly covered, Pettit has brought on Darron Zimmer as its Chesapeake Bay regional sales manager. In his new position, Zimmer will promote Pettit’s full line of marine products and will work directly with local, independent marinas, boatyards and dealerships. Most recently with a Mid-Atlantic wholesale distributor, he has extensive…more

Craig Catamaran hires Kenton Smith for PR

Orlando, Fla.-based Craig Catamaran Corp., manufacturer of CraigCat powerboats, has named Kenton Smith Advertising & Public Relations its agency of record. Kenton Smith will handle the manufacturer’s collateral and print ads, public relations and dealer support programs. The agency just completed a comprehensive rebranding program for the company, including turnkey production of its new corporate…more

ISS announces Fort Lauderdale boat show schedule

The International Superyacht Society announced the following information regarding its activities held during the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. * Board of Directors Meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 28, 3-6 p.m., ISS Headquarters, 777 SE 20th Street, Suite 150, Ft. Lauderdale. *Membership Meeting & Breakfast: Wednesday, Oct. 29, 8-10 a.m., Bahia Mar Beach Resort & Yachting Center-Harbour…more

Registration starts for Drystack Conference in October

Registration is now open for the Drystack Conference and Southeast Florida Marina and Boatyard Study tour, set for Oct. 26-28 in West Palm Beach, Fla. Attendees will learn about the latest information on materials, design and cutting-edge techniques. The program also includes exhibitors featuring the most current products and services. For information, visit: www.marinaassociation.org. 

Changing places

Intellian Technologies USA, the American subsidiary of South Korean satellite TV system manufacturer Intellian Technologies, added to its sales team. John Minetola will lead the team as sales director. He has years of experience as a marine electronics dealer, distributor and sales manager for product manufacturers. In Florida, the company will be represented by Bob…more

GE renews contract with American Boatbuilders Association

GE Capital Solutions’s Commercial Distribution Finance signed a multiyear contract renewal with the American Boatbuilders Association. “We have been working with GE since 1993, and we value their commitment to the marine industry and their financing expertise. In addition to providing financing, GE’s market knowledge and data provides invaluable information to help our members manage…more

Changing places

Fort Lauderdale-based National Maritime Services (NMS), the arrest and seizure subsidiary of National Liquidators, announced two promotions within the firm. Don Soutar was promoted to director of National Maritime Services, becoming the top executive for that company. The new position includes marketing/business development and overseeing day-to-day business activities for NMS. Soutar’s former position with National…more

US Sailing offering beginner’s sailing book

US Sailing, the national governing body for the sport of sailing, released a book, “Learn Sailing Right! Beginning Sailing.” Written by the country’s leading professional sailing instructors, the book helps beginning sailors gain confidence by using easy-to-understand text and graphics. The book starts with a tour of a typical small sailboat, and explains the concepts…more

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