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IBEX 2018: VIDEO: Trade Only Today speaks with Yamaha, Mercury, Smoker Craft and Infinity Woven Products

• Ben Speciale, president of Yamaha Marine’s U.S. business, discusses his mandate as incoming chairman of the NMMA’s board of directors, as well as issues facing the sportfishing industry.

• Phil Smoker, vice president of Smoker Craft, talks about challenges facing suppliers.

• Chris Drees, president, parts and accessories for Mercury Marine, discusses new initiatives for the P&A business.

• Warren McCrickard, vice president of Infinity Woven Products, talks about the company’s growth over the last three years through new-product development.



Industry Pushes Back Against Speed Restrictions

A NOAA Fisheries proposal would restrict boats 35 feet and larger to a 10-knot speed limit along the East Coast to protect right whales from vessel strikes.


Magonis Opens Connecticut Office

The Spain-based, electric-boat builder offers an 18-footer that’s available with motors from Torqeedo and Mag Power.


Bill Seeks to Increase Youth Fishing

The bipartisan Coastal Fishing Program Act of 2022 would ease barriers to accessing the outdoors in underserved communities.


Fall Is in Full Swing

With the autumnal equinox ushering in a new season today, the fall boat-show circuit is in high gear. Here are some recent reports and a look at what’s to come.


Manufacturer Confidence Drops

Still, U.S. builders remain largely optimistic despite ongoing constraints with the supply chain and workforce, as well as yesterday’s interest rate hike.


Defender Adds TEMO Electric Boat Motor

Defender Industries is the official U.S. dealer for the French company’s lightweight, portable electric motors.


Twin Disc Sells Belgium Facility

The transmission manufacturer is still using the facility in a leaseback transaction as it looks to reduce costs.