Pontoon sales climbed once again this summer, posting a 23 percent year-over-year gain in August alone. The category has been one of only a few that have consistently rebounded since the economic downturn.
Boatbuilders make news when they mark production milestones, roll out fresh lines of boats and relocate to new facilities. And boatbuilding isn't limited to companies. Enterprising Individuals sometimes build a boat for themselves.
The 2014 American Boat Builders & Repairers Association Conference will take place Jan. 22-24 at the B Ocean Hotel on Fort Lauderdale Beach.
Registration is open for the second annual Maine Built Boats Global Outreach Conference, set to take place Dec. 5 at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath.
Composite decking manufacturer Esthec said key virgin teak supplier Myanmar is banning virgin teak exports, beginning early next year. Myanmar currently produces at least 75 percent of virgin teak, of which the yachting industry is a major user, Esthec said. Although other sources, typically in India and Thailand, will try to fill this shortfall, the…more
The International Yacht Restoration School will hold an open house from 2 to 5 p.m. on Nov. 8 at its campus in Newport, R.I. The event will be at Restoration Hall, home to the school’s 20-month boatbuilding and restoration program. Those who attend will have an opportunity to observe students on the shop floor, meet…more
A growing number of boatbuilders are inserting the stepped-hull design into their vessels, hoping to offer boats with greater speed and efficiency a trend to watch in the industry and one youll see at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. Invincible, Contender, Regal, Beneteau Powerboats, Scout, Intrepid, Cutwater and SeaHunter use steps in one…more
Willard Marine recently took orders to build rescue boats for the Alaska Marine Highway System, the U.S. Military Sealift Command and Maersk Lines Ltd. The Willard rescue boats meet all Coast Guard requirements under the international Safety of Life at Sea treaty, the company announced. Additionally, California-based Willard has been supplying patrol boats for international…more
The Mares Catamaran brand was relaunched after Mares International president Lenny Noble moved his molds to a new yard that builds up to 160 feet. Noble said in a statement that the new 45-foot Mares catamaran has completed its sea trials and will be the first of the new Mares fleet to arrive in Fort…more
The American Boat Builders and Repairers Association announced its lineup of speakers for its 2014 Boatyard Business Conference. Registration is now open for the event, which takes place Jan. 22-24 at the B Ocean Hotel in Fort Lauderdale and will update participants on opportunities and challenges facing the boatyard/boatbuilding sector, ABBRA announced. The conference is…more
Silver Arrows Marine, in conjunction with Mercedes-Benz Style, unveiled the final design and specifications for what it calls the Silver Arrow of the seas at the 2013 Monaco Yacht Show. Bearing many design features of Mercedes-Benz automobiles, combined with a new approach to luxury motoryacht functionality and aesthetics, the debut yacht will be called Arrow…more