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ABBRA announces conference speakers

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 unveils Mercedes yacht design

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

SNAME awards set for annual meeting

The Society of Naval Architects and Engineers will present its annual awards Nov. 6-8 during the SNAME 2013 Annual Meeting and Expo at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue in Bellevue, Wash. Early registration discounts of as much as $200 are available until Oct. 14. SNAME will recognize four people for outstanding contributions to naval architecture, marine…more

US Watercraft teams with designer on C&C Yachts models

US Watercraft LLC is teaming with award-winning yacht designer Mark Mills to create its new C&C Yachts models. Building on the success of Mills Design Ltd. in designing IRC racing boats, US Watercraft plans to begin production of two new C&C Yachts racer/cruiser models this fall. First off the board will be the C&C Redline…more

Amtech unveils new quarterly magazine

The Association of Marine Technicians released the first edition of Marine Technician Today, its new quarterly magazine. “We are very excited about this publication,” Amtech president Joe De Marco said in a statement. “It will provide valuable information for our members and the marine service community as a whole. We have enlisted the help of…more


A peek into the future

What innovations and technologies are on the horizon? Boatbuilders and designers say the focus will be on the helm station. Engineers are dabbling with simplifying electrical and electronic control systems with more intuitive controls for propulsion, electronics and accessories. “We should see major advances in the coming years, with cleaner helm stations and less clutter,”…more


Creating a culture of innovation

It’s a team effort and it must be supported from the top in order to enable bottom-up experimentation Innovation in the boating industry has been around for more than a century. Very few industries have as distinctive a history as ours, yet many things about the boating business are unchanged. Our processes and techniques have…more

SNAME training courses set for November

The Society of Naval Architects and Engineers scheduled six pre-meeting training courses to run in the days immediately prior to the SNAME 2013 Annual Meeting and Expo Nov. 6-8 at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue in Bellevue, Wash. The opportunity is offered to companies that regularly provide training courses to naval architects and marine and ocean…more

Events will bookend SNAME annual meeting

Two off-site networking and fundraising events — a golf tournament and a regatta — are scheduled in tandem with the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers Annual Meeting & Expo, which runs Nov. 6-8 in Bellevue, Wash. The golf tournament will be held Nov. 5 at the Glendale Country Club. Registration covers all costs,…more

Maryland man builds boat from duct tape

Add “boat” to the long list of things that duct tape is good for building. Roy Burke, a computer technician from Frederick, Md., began building a Viking ship from duct tape in May and has plans to sail it 100 miles later this summer, according to the Frederick News-Post. Burke told the News-Post he spent…more

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