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This roundup of upcoming shows and events includes news from Ohio Sea Grant and the American Boat and Yacht Council.

Ohio Sea Grant is sponsoring a seminar on the impact of Lake Erie's aquatic invasive species at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 in Bay Village, Ohio.

Dave Kelch, associate professor and Sea Grant extension specialist with the Ohio Sea Grant College Program, will provide an overview of the most influential Lake Erie aquatic invasive species and how they have changed the lake's aquatic environment. He also will discuss the Asian carp threat, current plans to keep them out of the Great Lakes and what could happen if they get into Lake Erie.

Kelch is involved with two Great Lakes Restoration Initiative research grants on the prevention of the spread of aquatic invasive species into other waters and outreach education on the issue.

Numerous non-native aquatic invasive species have found a home in Lake Erie's aquatic environment; some arrived as early as the late 1800s. The most recent arrivals have appeared in the last 23 years. Some have been introduced intentionally; others have swum in through the St. Lawrence Seaway. Many have been introduced through ballast water from foreign ships.

Call the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center at (440) 871-2900 for information and to register for this seminar.

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The American Boat and Yacht Council is offering the following courses:

  • A refrigeration and air conditioning certification class is set for Nov. 16-18 at the Marine Systems Training Center in Thomaston, Maine. The course consists of two-and-a-half days of extensive material review covering the installation and troubleshooting of AC and DC electrical systems related to refrigeration. A certification exam will be given after lunch on the second day of this program.
  • On Nov. 19 there will be a one-day class that is designed to equip students with the EPA coolant certification necessary to purchase bulk refrigerant.
  • Also in Thomaston, a four-day class for experienced marine gasoline technicians will be offered Dec. 14-17.

The course is intended to supplement factory-sponsored, engine-specific courses and certifications with an industry-recognized generic certification of knowledge for troubleshooting and engine and drive installations. The class concludes with a 200-question certification exam.



Marine Products Reports Record Q4

The builder of Chaparral and Robalo boats reported net sales were up 42% for the quarter and 28% for fiscal year 2022.


Shurhold Appoints COO

Forrest Ferrari has years of management, business development, IT and quality-assurance experience.


RBFF, Pure Fishing Partner for a First Catch Center

Pure Fishing will equip a mobile trailer with tackle and gear to bring fishing experiences to areas of South Carolina where participation is low.


An Oft-Overlooked Sales Opportunity

A recent report from the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation showed that women comprise 37% of all anglers. If you haven’t tapped this segment, you’re missing out.

1. 2023 new boat retail outlook

Too Many High-Priced Boats

To wrap up 2022, marine retailers reported lower demand, expressed more negative sentiment and voiced concerns about rising inventory. Boat prices and the economy remained top of mind for dealers in December.

Soundings Nov 2022

New-Boat Registrations Continue to Slide

As the gaudy sales figures from the pandemic continue to return to more realistic numbers, the main segments of the recreational boating industry saw new-model registrations of 4,421 in November, a 30.3% drop from 6,340 during the same time in 2021. .

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ICOMIA President Darren Vaux sees common pressures facing worldwide boating industry

Founded in 1966, the International Council of Marine Industry Associations is a global organization composed of national boating federations and other bodies involved in the recreational marine industry. ICOMIA works on such issues as breaking down trade barriers, improving boating safety and promoting recreational boating worldwide.


Clearing the Waterways

In Florida, in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, it was estimated that there were 6,000 derelict boats in southwest part of the state. In most cases, boat owners don’t know resources are available to remove them because until recently there weren’t many.


A Window on the World

Inflation, supply-chain kinks and the continuing war in Ukraine continue to be serious concerns, but numerous companies with a global presence for exports are reporting optimism at the start of 2023.