NBSAC seeking applicants for 2018

July 20, 2017

The National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC) is soliciting applications for 2018 positions, although 2017 appointments remain undeclared. According to the Federal Register, NBSAC, which advises the Coast Guard (USCG) on recreational boating safety regulations and other major boating safety matters, seeks to fill seven vacancies. Applications must reach the USCG by August 29 to …

IMT seeks candidates for scholarship program

July 18, 2017

The Institute of Marine Technology (IMT), located at Warner University in Lake Wales, Fla., has established a scholarship program for students participating in its marine technical training program in 2017-2018. The intent of the program is to prepare individuals for entry-level technician opportunities in the watercraft industry. Three full scholarships of up to $28,000 each …

In memoriam: Don Wedge

July 1, 2017

Don Wedge, former owner of the Marine Canvas Training Institute in Palmetto, Fla, passed away peacefully on April 3. Wedge was born on December 27, 1929, in Chardon, Ohio. He helped launch the Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) and IFAI’s Master Fabric Craftsman (MFC) certification program. Wedge was well known for his training school, instructional videos …

NMMA 2016 statistical research available

The National Marine Manufacturer Association’s (NMMA) 2016 U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract is available. Each section is released individually as the statistics become available and contains thousands of data points and insights on the boating industry. The data sections’ release dates are as follow: March: Outboard Engine Sales Trends; Sailboat Sales Trends April: Pre-owned Boat …

Boating industry expands

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the U.S. boating industry is expected to have its seventh consecutive year of growth in 2017, surpassing the pre-recession peak set in 2006. The article, which included an interview with National Marine Manufacturer Association (NMMA) president Thom Dammrich, attributes part of that growth to boaters upgrading to bigger, automated, …

Valdese Weavers buys Circa 1801 facility

Valdese Weavers, Valdese, N.C., designers and producers of fabrics for specialty markets including RV, marine, luggage, apparel, pillows, drapery and bedding, has purchased the Circa 1801 facility in Connelly Springs, N.C. The 156,000-square-foot structure houses the Circa 1801 Design studio, administrative offices and manufacturing plant. The building was constructed in 1997, and is located five …

McCrary named NCTO chair

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) has named William V. McCrary Jr. NCTO chair at its annual meeting in March. McCrary is chair and CEO of William Barnet and Son LLC, a synthetic/fiber/yarn/polymer firm located in Spartanburg, S.C. Marty Moran, CEO of Buhler Quality Yarns Corp., a Jefferson, Georgia-based fine-count yarn supplier, has been …

Grow Boating buyer research available

Given the changes in consumer shopping and online behavior, the Grow Boating Board of Directors commissioned a study to better understand today’s first-time boat buyer. Study findings include definitions of six different types of first-time boat buyers including their interests and psychographic traits, what motivates them to explore boat ownership, how they move from “boating” …

Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 a success

More than 2,100 attendees and 193 exhibitors gathered at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Orlando, Fla., in March for Geotechnical Frontiers 2017, the biggest geosynthetics show in the industry. Geotechnical Frontiers combined the annual Geo-Congress and the biennial Geosynthetics Conference into a super-event held once every six years. “We had a great show and we’re …

Spradling meets European regulations

Spradling International Marine, Maryville, Tenn., has confirmed that its marine performance products comply with the European Biocide Product Regulation. Spradling products do not contain OBPA (Oxybisphonoxyarsine), a biocide banned by the European Union that is processed in marine vinyl material to prevent pink staining. Spradling marine-grade products have been manufactured without OBPA since 2013. They …