Miscellaneous news about the marine industry.

NBA’s Phil Jackson will lead California boat parade

Eleven-time NBA championship coach Phil Jackson and his fiancee, Los Angeles Lakers executive vice president Jeanie Buss, will serve as grand marshals for the Marina del Rey (Calif.) Holiday Boat Parade. The couple will ride on the boat Pastabilities from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 14 at the 51st annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade. “Jeanie…more

Jobless rate edges up to 7.3 percent in October

The U.S. economy added 204,000 jobs in October and the unemployment rate edged up to 7.3 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said today. The job total was up 41,000 from the government’s revised September figure of 163,000. Reuters reported that the October data suggested the partial federal government shutdown had less of an…more


His genius lives on in his designs

Ted Hood was a passionate sailor who won the America’s Cup on Courageous in 1974 and parlayed his love of the sport into a 64-year career as a sailmaker, boatbuilder, boat and rigging designer, spar maker and innovator.


It’s green, but does it work?

Selling skeptical consumers on the tangible benefits of eco-friendly products is a challenge As Greenpeace says, “green is the new black.” But that concept might be taking a back seat to a growing mistrust of environmentally friendly claims and a perception that green products are less effective than their traditional — and cheaper — counterparts.…more


OMC long gone, old boss motors on

A former colleague recalls the days when Charlie Strang, now 91, ran a thriving outboard company Charles D. “Charlie” Strang, former No. 2 executive at Mercury Marine under Carl Kiekhaefer and later chairman and CEO of Outboard Marine Corp., is an industry icon second to none. And what’s amazing is that at 91 he’s still…more


Online used-boat sales sans broker

DoItYourselfYachtBroker.com connects buyers and sellers and guides them through the transaction Some might say Jort van Sisseren is tilting at windmills. If that’s really the case, then as a native of the Netherlands operating a new kind of marine Internet business in Amsterdam, he has plenty of potential targets. Others might say he’s pioneering an…more


‘Bulletproof’ boat hardware

Products durable enough for the Navy SEALs separate Latham Marine from your typical mom-and-pop Tucked into a warehouse district just north of Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Latham Marine looks like just another of the mom-and-pop shops that come and go with the ebb and flow of business in this city’s marine districts. Bob and Kathy…more


Fiery forensics

Accident or arson? Staged burnings help investigators dig out clues when examining charred hulls The approximately 1,200 members of the International Association of Marine Investigators make their living by determining why a boat has sunk, burned, exploded or disappeared. To certified marine investigators such as 30-year veteran Daniel K. Rutherford, there are four classifications for…more



Need a rugged, portable light for your work crew? MagnaLight by Larson Electronics has introduced a portable pedestal-mount lighting structure with a powerful LED that’s more than capable of handling rough working environments, says Rob Bresnahan, one of Larson’s owners. The light is mounted within an aluminum stand that can be used as a portable…more

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