NMMA South Carolina and ABYC join forces on certification courses

July 29, 2014

The American Boat & Yacht Council and the National Marine Manufacturers Association South Carolina have joined forces to present ABYC certification courses in Charleston, S.C. The first course will be ABYC Marine Electrical Certification on September 9-12. The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources will host the class at its Marine Resources & Research Institute …

Webinar: Spanish Boating Market 2014

July 21, 2014

Discovering Opportunities in the Spanish Boating Market 2014 Title: Discovering Opportunities in the Spanish Boating Market 2014 Date: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Time: 11:30 AM–12:15 PM EDT The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is hosting a 45-minute webinar about the growing opportunities in the Spanish boating market. The webinar will also include information about NMMA’s …

Register for hands-on marine fabricator workshop

July 8, 2014

Marine Fabricators School of Excellence will be held Aug. 4-5. A hands-on workshop for marine fabricators will be held Aug. 4-5 at Australia’s Ultimo Campus of TAFE NSW – Sydney Institute. The first day will focus on manufacturing processes for polished, flexible and rigid clears. The next day will focus on marine upholstery designs, fabrics, …

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Seven steps to sales success

July 1, 2014

By Bill Foster There is certainly no lack of advice on how to increase your sales success. Books and seminars can be counted by the hundreds, and many of these are quite good. First-hand experience working for others in sales positions and managing my own business have helped me to formulate principles that can help …

Standardizing dodger design and fabrication

Jason Iverson is passionate about his business. It is obvious when he talks about the details of his designs and how he works with his customers. He has been able to combine two of his passions—product design and sailing—to launch Iverson’s Design Inc., a successful business designing dodgers and accessories for sailboats. “When you are …

Star brite taps Victor Phillpotts

Star brite, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based manufacturer of cleaning and other maintenance products for the marine, automotive, outdoor power equipment, power sports, homecare, health and RV industries, has named Victor Phillpotts its new vice president of business development. Phillpotts previously worked as national sales manager for P.F. Harris Manufacturing, a consumer products company specializing in …

Scribble Software launches marina program

Mechanicsville, Va.-based Scribble Software Inc., provider of business management solutions for the marina industry, has released MarinaOffice 7.7. Built on the .NET and SQL Server platform released last year, MarinaOffice version 7.7 offers additional features and functionality, as well as improvements to existing features. The new software features enhanced user process flows, enhanced reporting, cloud-based …

Miami show faces relocation

With the Miami Beach Convention Center scheduled to begin major renovations at the end of 2015, the city’s International Boat Show is looking for potential alternative hosting sites, according to the Miami Herald newspaper. Show directors are looking for a new venue to host the 2016 and 2017 shows. A spokeswoman for the boat show, …

Race honors ALS victim

Beneteau America will sponsor the Sailing for ALS campaign, led by Beneteau dealership owner Charles-Etienne Devanneaux of Naos Yachts in Marina del Rey, Calif. On July 8, Devanneaux and his racing partner, Fred Courouble, will embark on a 2,070-mile journey from San Francisco to Hawaii as part of the annual Pacific Cup ocean race. They …

Sunbrella launches design series

Sunbrella fabrics has launched “Perspective New England,” a three-part web series on the multiple uses of its fabrics, including at home, on the water and on a road adventure. The series will explore design challenges presented by a trio of projects—“The Rhode Yacht,” a vintage revival of a 1977 Airstream Argosy Trailer; “The Real Yacht,” …