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-elect Obama unveils ‘all star’ team

President-elect Barack Obama announced his economic team Monday and reiterated the need to create a recovery plan for Wall Street, as well as address foreclosures, the struggling auto industry, and job creation. “It is my hope that the new Congress will begin work on an aggressive economic recovery plan when they convene in early January…more

Marine Web Services teams up with Bell

Marine Web Services has entered into a partnership with Bell Industries Recreational Products Group. As part of the deal, Bell’s marine and RV online catalogs can be added to any MWS dealer’s Web site that supports e-commerce functionality. Bell Industries RPG is a wholesale distributor of more than 50,000 recreational aftermarket parts and accessories. Marine…more

ISS hands out design, leadership awards

The International Superyacht Society recently awarded its annual International Superyacht Design Awards, as well as its Award for Leadership, ISS Person of the Year and ISS Excellence in Innovation. Each year, ISS honors yacht builders, designers, interior designers, naval architects and stylists selected from a list of five finalists in each of five length categories.…more

Coast suspends quarterly dividend

Coast Distribution today announced that the company’s board of directors has suspended the quarterly cash dividend because of continued economic conditions. Coast, a supplier of aftermarket replacement parts, accessories and supplies for the marine, recreational vehicle and outdoor recreation industries, reported the dividend suspension will save the company approximately $535,000 annually. “This suspension follows several…more

Charles Marine chargers receive ABS approval

Charles Marine and Industrial Group received American Bureau of Shipping Type Approval of its HQ and InCharger Series battery chargers. ABS certifies that enrolled manufacturers are capable of consistently producing a product in compliance with stringent specifications. Companies receiving the approval are required to have a valid and current design approval and manufacturer assessment. The…more

Chris-Craft inventory clearance is a company first

For the first time, Chris-Craft is holding a factory-authorized year-end inventory clearance event. Between now and Dec. 31, all inventory at dealerships around the country is discounted, according to the company. Click here for a list of available models. Sarasota, Fla.-based Chris-Craft builds 19 models from 20 to 40 feet. The company could not be…more

New TV series to follow family’s cruising adventure

A new television series featuring the boating lifestyle will begin shooting this summer. “Life Uncharted,” with the subtitle “Home is a boat, and the backyard changes every day,” is a 13-episode travel-adventure series about a family’s passage from Maine to the Bahamas. “Life Uncharted” is produced by Jeffrey A. Cox and Cindy Wallach, of Philadelphia-based…more

Magazine names its Top 100 Dealers

Boating Industry magazine recently announced its Top 100 Dealers. The rankings recognize overall business operations, customer service, marketing and professionalism. Topping the list for the second consecutive year is Anna Maria, Fla.-based Galati Yacht Sales, followed by Seattle Boat Co., of Seattle; Prince William Marine Sales Inc., Woodbridge, Va.; The Sail & Ski Centers, Austin,…more

Maxwell debuts new Web site

Maxwell launched a new Web site designed to be a quick and simple resource for consumers. Located at www.maxwellmarine.com, it features detailed descriptions and photos of Maxwell’s line of anchoring products. Tips on safety and maintenance are posted, along with a glossary of anchoring terms. With an interactive map, users can find available sales resources…more

Environmental groups sue to stop new Lake Tahoe facilities

A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in California last week by a coalition of environmental groups challenges the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency for adopting new land-use regulations without thorough consideration of environmental and public access impacts, according to the suit. The new regulations would increase motorized boating, “adding more than 62,000 boat trips to…more

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