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.

Arkansas boat makers announce cutbacks

Two Arkansas boat makers, Ranger and BassCat, have scaled back on labor. Ranger Boats is using a work-share agreement with employees to abbreviate its work week to two shifts, three days a week. The company employs about 800 people. Ranger is in model changeover, explained Irwin Jacobs, chairman of Ranger’s parent Genmar Holdings. “Normally they…more

Women’s sailing event set for August in Wash.

The inaugural Women’s Sailing Conference kicks off Aug. 2 at the Port Townsend Yacht Club in Port Townsend, Wash. The conference, sponsored by BoatU.S., is one of three regional events held for women sailors, with others held annually in Marblehead, Mass. and Marina del Rey, Calif. The all-day sailing workshops specifically for women are organized…more

EPA, Coast Guard hosting Clean Water Act meetings

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Coast Guard are co-hosting several public meetings to discuss its draft permit regulation for vessels under its Clean Water Act proposal. The regulation, if enacted, would require recreational boaters to follow specific practices to operate their boats and manage their everyday, overboard water discharges. The public meetings and…more

EPA puts forth its Clean Water plan

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency published the Clean Water Act proposal in the Federal Register. The proposal will impose new, complex requirements on recreational boaters to follow specific practices in operating their boats and managing their everyday, overboard water discharges. Mandated by a court order in 2006 that focused exclusively on commercial vessel ballast water,…more


Changing places

David Greer joined International Yacht Collection’s charter marketing department. He comes to IYC with an extensive background in yacht brokerage, charter marketing and the yacht brokerage industry’s Multiple Listing System. IYC, a division of Trinity Yachts, is a privately-held corporation headquartered in Fort Lauderdale. IYC also has offices in Newport, R.I.; Palm Beach, Fla.; Monaco,…more

Conn. trade group awards marine scholarships

The Connecticut Marine Trades Association awarded several scholarships to those want to pursue a career in the marine industry. Scholarships were granted to Jennifer Rich, of Westbrook, who will be attending Southern Connecticut State University and Joseph William Petit, of Ledyard, who is enrolled at Endicott College. “CMTA believes this will assure a strong and…more

Performance tabs firm for Midwest marketing

As a part of Performance Metals’ expansion, the company has added a rep group to its roster. SGL Sales & Marketing will represent Performance Metals’ high quality anodes throughout the Midwest. Formed in 1958 as a one-man sales agency, SGL Sales & Marketing has expanded into a multi-dimensional agency, functioning in both marine and trailer…more

Clarification: Boston Whaler’s Florida jobs

Boston Whaler will furlough 250 employees at its Edgewater, Fla. plant, through the end of July, according to a notice filed with the state’s Agency for Workforce Innovation. Brunswick, of which Boston Whaler is a part, plans to suspend production at most of its U.S.-based fiberglass manufacturing plants during July, the company said. These actions…more

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