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May 1, 2014

By William J. Lynott How did you get started? Trevor grew up in the upholstery trade; his stepfather had his upholstery shop in the basement of the family home, which meant Trevor was always in the shop after school. By the time he was a teenager, his stepdad started to formally train him, and by …

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Hiring the right person can be a tough job

By William J. Lynott On the surface, it appears to be a routine chore: You have a job to fill, so you must interview the applicants and select the most promising. In truth, interviewing job candidates today is far from a routine task. One of the toughest issues to resolve with new hires is measuring …

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Cushions for a lean mean fishing machine

The end use of a boat really dictates how Trevor makes his cushions at Kennedy Custom Upholstery. So last summer when we were asked to make all new cushions for a charter fishing boat, we knew we had to make them as tough as possible while still looking like a high-end custom product. The boat …

Stiles to lead MPT curriculum effort

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Maritime Professional Training, the largest private maritime training school in the United States, has named Al Stiles the school’s vice president of curriculum development. He will focus on broadening MPT’s course offerings in both on-campus and online settings. Stiles most recently worked with the Justice Department for eight years as the Enterprise …

NMMA Canada endorses trade pact

The National Marine Manufacturers Association Canada (NMMA Canada) has announced its support for the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement. This trade agreement is the first for Canada with the Asian market. The Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement will eliminate Korean duties on products exported by recreational boating companies. Tariffs on yachts and other vessels for pleasure or sports, as …

Carefree names boat club of the year

The Lake Norman Carefree Boat Club of Cornelius, N.C., was recognized as the nation’s leading Carefree Boat Club at the company’s annual conference. The four-year-old company bested 30 other Carefree Boat Clubs based on three metrics: customer service, sales leadership, and corporate and affiliate support. In addition to the 2013 Boat Club of the Year …

Spray painting proposal passes fire panel

The National Marine Manufacturers Association, in conjunction with Lauderdale Marine Center and the National Fire Protection Committee on Spray Finishing, recently drafted and approved a new standard that reduces the fire risks of spray painting large objects, including yachts in temporary membrane enclosures. Temporary membrane enclosures are used in the marine industry to paint yachts …

Rhode Island moves to attract top sailing events

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee has signed legislation establishing the Rhode Island Sailing Events Commission. The commission is charged primarily with identifying and attracting more internationally recognized sailing and marine events to the Ocean State, which has a long history of sailing and a worldwide reputation as a premiere venue for marine and boating …

Boats.com introduces resource for new boat buyers

Boats.com, the global online resource for boat enthusiasts and a division of Dominion Marine Media, has launched a downloadable online buyer’s resource for new boats called Boat Reviews 2013. The document includes links to more than 200 written reviews, 16 video reviews, and 50 “First Look” videos produced by Boats.com. It also features the “10 …

Seattle Boat Show attendance up

Seattle is celebrating a successful nine-day Seattle Boat Show and strong January boat sales. The Northwest Marine Trade Association and the Northwest Yacht Brokers Association closed the show one day early to accommodate the 2014 Super Bowl which featured the Seattle Seahawks. Final attendance for the show, which ended on Feb. 1, was up 2 …