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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.

MRAA: Clean Boating Act held up

The Marine Retailers Association of America today issued an update on the status of the Clean Boating Act. The Clean Boating Act of 2008 would fully and permanently restore a longstanding regulation that excludes recreational boaters and anglers from the federal and state permitting requirements. Without passage of this bill, complex regulations will go into…more

Fischer Panda debuts Web store

Fischer Panda Generators U.S. has launched an online parts store. Through the site, http://store.fischerpanda.com/servlet/StoreFront, customers can locate dealers in their area or if a dealer is not available, the customer can order spare parts directly through the Web site. Fischer Panda Generators U.S. has 285 authorized dealers in North and South America and the Caribbean.…more

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‘She’ power: It’s in the purse strings

Marketing to women can be more profitable than you realize — if it’s done right “If Mama doesn’t want the boat, he ain’t getting the boat.” That’s the adage Wanda Kenton Smith cites when convincing clients of her advertising and public relations agency that women are as important as men when making a boat sale.…more

Safety outfitter teams with USODA

Landfall, a marine offshore outfitter and safety expert, entered into a partnership with the United States Optimist Dinghy Association. The company also announced it has been named as an official North American dealership for Optiparts, the leading supplier of Optimist spars, blades, fittings and accessories. These moves come as part of Landfall’s continued expansion into…more

Changing places

Norman-Spencer Agency announced that Mark Yearn has joined the company as national program director-recreational marine. He will oversee Norman-Spencer’s H2O Headings Program, which serves boat dealers and marina operators, as well as MRAA members of the Marine Retailers Association of America. Yearn brings nearly 30 years insurance experience to his new position. Prior to joining…more

Tallon picked for international growth program

New Zealand-based Tallon Marine, the manufacturer of the integrated accessory system called the Tallon System, has been selected for the NZTE U.S. Beachheads program. The Tallon System lets boaters quickly and effortlessly install and swap out commonly used marine accessories to accommodate their changing needs and personalize their boats. NZTE is the government’s national economic…more

BoatU.S. Angler offering money for Web link

BoatU.S. Angler, which offers boat insurance policies for fishermen, is offering cash to any boating or fishing-related business or organization with a Web site. By putting a BoatU.S. Angler boat insurance quote “button,” or Web site link on your site, the new BoatU.S. Angler Affiliate Program will pay a commission of $4 for every completed…more

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Changing places

International Yacht Collection hires Susan Harris as charter marketing agent. International Yacht Collection LLC hired Susan Harris as a charter marketing agent. With more than 20 years of luxury hospitality experience, Harris will provide charter services to brokers and owners of IYC’s charter yachts. Her duties include working with retail charter brokers, owners and captains…more

Towing service opens on Lake Pontchartrain

Capt. Mark Tupper opened his second on-the-water towing port on Lake Pontchartrain at Oak Harbor Marina in Slidell, La. The new port, TowBoatU.S. East Lake Pontchartrain, La., provides tows, fuel deliveries, battery jump-starts and ungrounding services for recreational boaters. The Coast Guard-licensed Tupper also owns TowBoatU.S. West Lake Pontchartrain in Mandeville at Mariners Village, which…more

Sweeping changes continue at Brunswick

Brunswick Corp. this morning said it plans to reduce its fixed-cost structure by $300 million by further shrinking its North American manufacturing footprint. The company plans to have 17 or fewer plants by the end of 2009, compared with the 29 it had in 2007. This will require the closure of four plants in addition…more

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