Nominations open for Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement 2016

July 26, 2016

Nominations are being accepted for the Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement 2016, organized by IBI and METSTRADE, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association. The awards recognize the individual and team success of international boat-building companies. The eight award categories include: retail marketing initiatives, international distributor/dealer development, boat builder and equipment manufacturer collaborative solutions, …

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Bipartisan CORAL Act introduced

Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen introduced the Conserving Our Reefs And Livelihoods (CORAL) Act (H.R. 5771), which she authored, along with several co-sponsors to amend and reauthorize the Coral Reef Conservation Act of 2000, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). Ros-Lehtinen’s bipartisan CORAL Act acknowledges that the environmental and economic benefits of coral reefs …

Boating statistical abstract available for preorder

July 25, 2016

Print editions of the 2015 U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract, which contains thousands of data points and insights on the boating industry, are now available for preorder, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). Preordered spiral-bound, glossy color copies will be delivered in mid-August. Print editions of the full report are available for $200 …

Bertram acquires facility in Tampa Bay, Fla.

July 21, 2016

U.S. boat builder Bertram has announced the acquisition of a waterfront facility on Florida’s Gulf Coast. The new Bertram World Headquarters is an existing 120,000-square foot shipyard and marine service facility south of the Gandy Bridge on Tampa Bay. “This plant, which already has been operating as a full-service marine facility for decades, is perfect …

Crowdfunding campaign supports Miami Marine Stadium

July 13, 2016

Heineken, in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the City of Miami and Indiegogo, is supporting the restoration of Miami Marine Stadium, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). The effort is part of Heineken’s “Cities” campaign, which aims to improve urban areas. Heineken is investing marketing resources to promote the campaign …

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Taking stock

July 1, 2016

Fabricators’ inventory management needs vary from simple to complex. A customer contacts your shop for a new bimini top for his boat. He meets with you at your business, choosing an ever-popular canvas from your selections. After he provides a down payment, you enter his order into your project management system and initiate the production …

Hand punch tool and fasteners

The Common Sense/Lift-the-DOT Fastener Tool brings ease to die cutting in marine and awning applications. Q-SNAP fasteners make installation up to three times faster than with other secure fasteners. The Common Sense/Lift-the-DOT Fastener Tool was designed to save fabricators time and money by allowing them to properly place fasteners and make small repairs without removing …

Complex and compound frame bending

Incorporating unconventional design into dodgers and biminis. I often suggest that my customers try to think out of the box when envisioning what their boats can look like. I tell them, “If I have done my job properly, the cover will become part of the boat.” Take a spray dodger, for example. I generally recommend …

Marine helm chairs

New ergonomically designed Taco® Marine premium helm chairs are now available in two styles. The Capri Helm Chair is available in light gray, vanilla or white, with a standard rollback bolster seat or a fixed seat and adjustable armrests. A smaller version is available without armrests. The Capri is also available as a bench-style seat …