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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.

Maine offers online renewals for watercraft registration

Maine Gov, John E. Baldacci last week signed a bill that allows state residents to renew their watercraft online. “Since taking office five years ago, I have made it a goal for Maine government to be more open and accessible to her people and this includes making more government services available online,” Baldacci said in…more

Paradox chooses ComMar to represent products

Wireless boat security, tracking and monitoring systems supplier Paradox Marine has chosen ComMar Sales to represent the company’s product line in the Southeast and Gulf Coast states of the United States. Based in Fort Lauderdale, Paradox Marine products include Marine Magellan Wireless Security Monitoring, Marine Watchmate Remote Yacht Surveillance System, NAV-TRACKER 2.0 GPS Tracking System…more

Marine marketing firm launches new Web site

Boatmail, a Myrtle Beach, S.C.-based agency that concentrates solely in marine marketing, is launching a new Web site at www.boat-mail.net. “This Web site contains a complete rundown of all the various services and products we’re able to offer our marine clients,” said Boatmail owner Laurence Madiot in a statement. “Visitors to the site will come…more

Boating industry loses accomplished veteran

Patrick Daniel Cunningham, 65, died Monday in the Cardiovascular Center at the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich. after a 10-year struggle with heart disease, according to an obituary appearing in the Holland (Mich.) Sentinel. Cunningham, who earned a bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University, was a highly respected member of the boating…more

Westlawn announces new scholarships

Hargrave Custom Yachts and The Taylor Made Group have providing funding to create scholarships for students of the Westlawn Institute of Marine Technology. The Hargrave Memorial Scholarship Fund, in memory of Westlawn alumnus Jack Hargrave, is for advanced students enrolling in Westlawn Modules 3 or 4. Students with a grade-point average of 85 percent or…more

Changing places

Custom Marine names Mark Marrese sales engineer. Custom Marine welcomes Mark Marrese to his new position as sales engineer for CMI. Marrese is a 21-plus year technical specialist and veteran in the marine industry. Starting at Kiekhaefer Aeromarine as an assembly technician in the late 1980s, Marrese progressed as a service and warranty administrator through…more

Analyst: Marine industry upturn not expected until 2010

It may be another 18 months to two years before the marine industry sees a significant turnaround, according to the latest analyst report from Wachovia Capital Markets. “The U.S. marine industry environment remains very challenging, especially in California and Florida,” said Wachovia’s Tim Conder in his report. He noted that California and Florida make up…more

Changing places

Raymarine names Larry Rencken VP of sales; Twin Vee picks Scott Noble as CEO.   Raymarine Inc. of Merrimack, N.H., has named Larry Rencken vice president of sales. He will lead the company’s American sales efforts. “We are thrilled to have Larry on board the Raymarine team,” said Dave Bimschleger, president of Raymarine, in a…more

Sea Tow foundation receives boating safety grants

The Sea Tow Boating Safety and Education Foundation, headquartered in Southold, N.Y., will receive $450,000 in federal grants to support three boating safety programs in the coming year. The grants, administered by the U.S. Coast Guard, are funded by the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund. Michelle Zaloom, executive director of the foundation, said…more

Council conducting large marine labor study

The Marine Industry Training & Education Council launched an industry-wide needs analysis campaign to determine true labor market demand-and-supply needs within the industry. “Our goal is to obtain at least 1,000 responses to give us the quantity of data we seek, both in terms of training requirements and workforce development needs,” said Ed Sherman, director…more

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