Regulations and Compliance

Many federal and state government regulations affect the marine industry. Trade Only follows developments as companies strive to operate in compliance with the rules.

New Florida law will allow cruisers to stay longer

Boaters cruising Florida waters might find it easier to anchor for extended periods in a number of cities where local ordinances limited anchoring to as little as 48 hours. Florida Gov. Charlie Crist recently┬ásigned House Bill 1423, a general legislative package for the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission that includes a provision preventing local communities…more

Boat dealers eligible for floorplan loans through SBA

A new program from the Small Business Administration will offer floorplan financing with government-guaranteed loans for eligible boat, auto and recreational vehicle dealers. “By filling a gap in the credit markets that has existed since at least last September, this new SBA program will allow dealers and manufacturers to plan over a longer term and,…more

Florida bill extends boat stays to 180 days

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist signed into law several bills to strengthen his state’s economy, including one that will help the marine industry. House Bill 7031 allows non-residents who purchase a boat in Florida, or bring a boat into Florida for repair or alteration, to remain in the state 180 days before becoming liable for the…more

New loan program available for small businesses

Small businesses suffering financial hardship as a result of the slow economy could be eligible to receive temporary relief through a new loan program announced this week by the Small Business Administration. Beginning June 15, SBA will start guaranteeing America’s Recovery Capital loans. ARC loans are deferred-payment loans of up to $35,000 available to established,…more

Unemployment climbed last month

The Department of Labor this morning reported a rise in the unemployment rate in April. Unemployment now stands at 8.9 percent, up from 8.5 percent in March. Since the recession began in December 2007, 5.7 million jobs have been lost.  In April, job losses were large and widespread across nearly all major private-sector industries. Overall,…more

Marine Products executives cut salaries

Four top executives at Marine Products Corp. volunteered to cut their salaries “in light of the difficult operating environment faced by the company,” according to a document filed this week with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Compensation Committee of Marine Products’ board of directors approved the salary reductions on March 26. The pay cuts…more

Teleflex closing Maryland plant

Teleflex Marine, which manufactures steering controls, is closing its Hagerstown, Md., plant. The closure means the loss of 93 jobs, according to a report filed with the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. The closure, which was posted Dec. 8, is effective Feb. 6, according to the filing.

NMMA says angling will be hurt by conservation act

President George W. Bush Tuesday designated the Rose Atoll, the Mariana Trench and the Pacific Remote Island Areas as U.S. National Monuments through a Presidential proclamation under the Antiquities Act. In doing so, the President has bypassed longstanding environmental review and public comment processes, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association. Under this designation, recreational…more

Entering 2009, hopes for a market rebound

In 2008, the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 33.8 percent, the most since 1931. In total, about $7 trillion of shareholders’ wealth was lost. As the new year dawns, analysts and investors are focusing on what the incoming Obama administration and the Federal Reserve will do to revive the economy. Click here for The New…more


Out of pain will come gain

Industry leaders are taking off the rose-colored glasses when asked to predict what 2009 will look like for the boating business. Mincing no words, they use terms such as “challenging,” “tough,” “dismal” and “crisis” to describe economic conditions going into the new year. But none is predicting the demise of the industry, either. Boating, they…more

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