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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.

President’s ocean plan has benefits for marine industry

Celebrating the opening of the new Sant Ocean Hall at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History on Friday, President Bush discussed the administration’s efforts to protect and preserve the nation’s oceans, coasts and the Great Lakes through wise stewardship and sensible management. In December 2004, the President released his Ocean Action Plan and created the…more

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Soundings wins award for editorial excellence

Trade Only’s sister magazine, Soundings, won a Bronze Eddie award for its July 2007 issue. It is the second consecutive year Soundings has won an Eddie for a full issue. Folio: magazine announced the winners of its annual Eddie Awards for Editorial Excellence and Ozzie Awards for Magazine Design in Chicago last week. This year’s…more

Fountain sees jump in 4Q sales

Fountain Powerboat Industries Inc. today reported an increase in net sales for the fourth quarter ending June 30, but a drop in sales for the full year. Net sales for the fiscal 2008 fourth quarter were $20.7 million, compared to net sales of $19.9 million for the 2007 fourth quarter. Net sales for fiscal 2008…more

West Marine expands California store

West Marine will hold a grand-opening celebration this weekend for its newly expanded store in San Pedro, Calif. Nearly doubling in size, the San Pedro location offers a bigger selection of gear and accessories, including an expanded selection of electronics, fishing and water-sports equipment. Festivities begin at 8 a.m. Oct. 4 and continue all weekend,…more

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SeaArk goes pink in the fight against cancer

SeaArk Boats created a new pink camouflage pattern for some of its boats to raise money for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure charity to help fight breast cancer. The pink camouflage is painted on six of the Monticello, Ark., aluminum-boat builder’s 20-foot RiverCat and Vee Cat models. The pattern is similar to other camouflage patterns…more

Aluminum, fiberglass sales dipped in August

Aluminum-boat sales continued to fare better than fiberglass for August. Preliminary registration data for the month showed that sales of all fiberglass boats, including PWC, declined by 42.9 percent, while aluminum sales decreased by 26.1 percent. This report is based on 27 states. Fiberglass boats in the popular 14- to 30-foot range, minus PWC, fell…more

Cruisers and Rampage using Boats.com lead system

Boats.com announced that Cruisers Yachts and Rampage Sport Fishing Yachts are using the company’s new BoatWizard Lead Manager program. The Web-based application, a customer relationship management system designed for the marine industry, allows users to track leads, monitor lead response time, create a customer database, and stay in contact with existing customers through personalized mass…more

Marquis 500 Sport Coupé wins award

Marquis Yachts received the 2008 World Yacht Trophy’s Best Interior Design Award in recognition of its new 500 Sport Coupé. The award was announced during the International Festival de la Plaisance, Europe’s largest yacht show, held annually in Cannes, France. Accepting the award was Paolo Bencivenni, vice president of international sales for Marquis Yachts, of…more

Dealer Digest

Classic Yacht International opened an office in Cape Coral, Fla. This follows the company’s appointment as the authorized Grand Banks Yachts dealer for Florida’s west coast. Classic Yachts International is planning to open a second west coast location in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area. “We’re going to implement our many years of professional Grand Banks knowledge…more

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Changing Places

Corey Koopmans joined Vicem Yachts USA, the U.S. sales and service operation for Turkish motoryacht builder Vicem Yachts, as broker in the Fort Lauderdale sales office. Koopmans grew up boating on the lakes near his hometown of Holland, Mich. As a student at WesternMichigan University in 2000, he took a summer job detailing boats for…more

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