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.

President Bush signs vessel-design act

President Bush Thursday signed the Vessel Hull Design Protection Act Amendments of 2008 into law. The amendments, which correct a technical issue in the original VHDPA, provide boatbuilders with increased protection from intellectual property violations that occur through hull splashing. Hull splashing is the process of replicating an original hull by making copies using a…more


Hella Marine catalog featured in three languages

Hella Marine’s latest catalog is being released worldwide in English, German and French. The 87-page catalog includes more than 600 marine lighting products and includes definitions, drawings and charts. The introductory pages explain the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea and illustrate IMO COLREG requirements for both power- and sailboats. High-resolution PDFs of each…more

Dealer Digest

Scout Boats recently held its 2009 model year dealer meeting in Charleston, S.C. In addition to unveiling six new models, Scout awarded its top dealers from model year 2008. The builder recognized its top 10 dealers at the event, including Exotic Boats of Greece as Dealer of the Year. The Dealer Sales Award winners were:…more

Changing Places

Applied Weather Technology, a provider of fleet optimization software and services, announced the addition of two executives, Vincent (Skip) Vaccarello as president and CEO and Phil Ahlfeldt as vice president of sales. Vaccarello brings nearly 30 years of executive-level management experience in Silicon Valley with such companies as VisiCorp, Communications Solutions, 3Com, and The Saratoga…more

Technicold unveils new Web site

Technicold by Northern Lights, a leader in marine climate control and refrigeration, has launched a new Web site. Since purchasing Technicold from Rich Beers Marine in January, Northern Lights has been developing the marketing campaign for Technicold’s line of on-board air-conditioning, air-handling and refrigeration systems. In addition to providing information on Technicold products, the new…more

Skeeter expands operations

Skeeter Products recently completed a capital expansion program at the company’s Kilgore, Texas, manufacturing plant to accommodate the future growth of its boatbuilding operations. The new 25,000-square-foot warehouse allows the company to store all of its raw materials in one central location. The space will feature adjustable racking systems, designated office space, and multiple truck…more

Mothers Marine hires Eastern marketing firm

Mothers Polish chose Atlantic Marketing Co. to represent the Mothers Marine line in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Headquartered in Stonington, Conn., Atlantic Marketing is one of the oldest and largest marine manufacturer representative firms on the East Coast. For information on the products in the marine line, click here.

Michigan schedules Clean Marina workshops

Two Michigan workshops have been scheduled for marina operators interested in becoming designated Clean Marinas. Training workshops focus on practical, common-sense tips for controlling pollutants associated with recreational boating operations, maintenance and storage, as well as an overview of relevant environmental laws and regulations. The Muskegon workshop is scheduled for Nov. 7 at the Bayside…more

Groups join for boat-financing venture

Secured Marine Transactions, Sterling Associates and YachtWorld.com/Boats.com have formed a partnership aimed at improving the availability of financing for qualified boat owners. SMT and Sterling are financial service firms offering loan underwriting, documentation and insurance packages for the marine market. In addition, SMT is a supplier of Web-based financial and management software for brokers. Under…more

Cabela’s cutting work force by 10 percent

Cabela’s Inc. is reducing its work force by approximately 10 percent at its corporate headquarters in Sidney, Neb. Cabela’s is a leading specialty retailer of boating, fishing, hunting, camping and related outdoor merchandise. The company expects approximately two-thirds of the reduction to come from not filling open positions and one-third of the reduction to come…more

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