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.

Windsor Craft picks document specialist

Windsor Craft Yachts chose boat documentation specialist Ken Cook Co. to develop a customized World Class Owner Manual Program. Windsor Craft is the third Genmar boatbuilder to adopt the program. The program provides boatbuilders with in-depth product support documentation to enhance brand recognition, customer service and dealer support. It also assures buyers their new boat…more

Volvo completes Spanish-speaking outreach

Volvo Penta recently completed its first round of Spanish-speaking technical training sessions at its Chesapeake, Va., headquarters with select international Tiara Yachts dealers. This initiative followed a successful Tiara Yachts IPS technical training session for all of Tiara’s North American dealers. The effort reached out to Tiara’s international service technicians so they can relay information…more


Changing places

Jim Renfrow was appointed vice president of sales at Fairline Florida. Renfrow brings experience and knowledge of the boat sales environment to his new position. He previously worked directly for Fairline for more than five years. “While I have enjoyed working with other companies over the years, selling a global premium brand such as Fairline…more

New Jersey trade group awards student scholarships

The Marine Trades Association of New Jersey Foundation awarded scholarships to outstanding students pursuing careers in the marine industry. The MTA/NJ Foundation was established to help promote boating safety and education and, most recently, to raise funds for a new scholarship to encourage education in the marine trades field. This is the third year the…more

Registration starts for Fort Lauderdale conference

Online registration is now available for the 2009 International Marina & Boatyard Conference, scheduled for Jan. 25-28, 2009 in Fort Lauderdale. The Association of Marina Industries and the American Boat Builders and Repairers Association, who own and operate the conference, are offering an online option for registration this year, though traditional registration options also are…more


Businesses spin a snappier Web

Companies pump money, creativity into site redesign to attract and hold boating prospects More than 70 percent of U.S. adults use the Internet, and those with higher incomes and more education are the most likely to explore the Web — figures that are not lost on the marine industry. Based on that finding from www.Infoplease.com,…more

Brunswick’s credit rating lowered by S&P

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services lowered its long-term ratings Monday on Brunswick Corp. The corporate credit rating was lowered to ‘BBB-‘ from ‘BBB’. Standard and Poor’s placed these ratings, along with the ‘A-3′ short term rating, on CreditWatch with negative implications, indicating the possibility for downward rating action over the immediate term. “The rating downgrade and CreditWatch…more

Boat sales continued downward trend in May

Boat sales were down in May, with aluminum boats faring slightly better than fiberglass boats, according to Statistical Surveys. The report includes 25 early reporting states, which represent close to 59 percent of the national market. Fiberglass boat sales, in the popular lengths of 14 to 30 feet, are down from last May, falling 30.4…more

Florida woman given sailing leadership award

Patricia Harvey Seidenspinner of St. Petersburg, Fla., was recently honored with the annual Leadership in Women’s Sailing Award at ceremonies capping the day-long Women’s Sailing Conference at Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, Mass. The award honors a male or female who has a record of achievement in giving something back to the sport of sailing…more

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

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