Centek Check Valve

January 1, 2017

The Check Valve from Centek Industries helps prevent water from flowing back into engines and gensets. The check valve is useful on boats and yachts that navigate in a following sea, or when a backdown is needed while fighting game fish. Manufactured from flame-retardant and heat resistant resin, it is available in a wide range …

Hello world!

July 26, 2016

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Working with “difficult” clients

January 1, 2015

Anticipating what makes a client difficult for you can help to resolve problems before they swell. By Melynda Norman-Lee So you have a client you don’t like to work with. Have you taken the time to figure out why? What is it about working with this client that bothers you? Is it the client’s lack …

Standardizing dodger design and fabrication

July 1, 2014

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 …

Step toward technology

May 1, 2014

Darren Arthur runs his marine canvas shop with two employees—and he’s added an automated plotter-cutter system to improve productivity. The decision to buy a plotter-cutter system for my marine canvas shop was initially an overwhelming idea,” says Darren Arthur, owner of Nautilux Custom Canvas LLC in Hazlet, N.J. “I had never seen that type of …

Repair or Replace? Part 1: Posing the Question

March 1, 2014

A customer wanders into your store with a tattered and torn bimini top in hand—one that obviously has seen better days. Although the boat owner requests repairs be done to his beloved top, your better judgment foresees the need for a complete replacement. So how do you handle this situation? How do you ensure your …

Repair or Replace? Part 2: Make your best bid

Don’t undersell the quality of your work in effort to win the job. You’ve just landed a dozen bid requests for repair or replacement projects. Based on your estimate, it is expected that these jobs will yield a healthy profit. But how will you ensure that this healthy profit will materialize? Or that you’ve estimated …

Are you prepared for the worst?

In the unlikely event of an emergency, are you adequately prepared to overcome obstacles? Suppose a raging pandemic forced you to shut your doors for a week. Or a fire raced through neighboring buildings, disrupting your business operations. Or a natural disaster created havoc in your community, rerouting traffic, deliveries and work schedules. The statistical …

NMMA unveils Boating United

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) hosts a new grassroots advocacy platform—Boating United—for NMMA members, business owners, industry stakeholders and others who hope to ensure that their voice is heard on Capitol Hill on behalf of recreational boating. Through Boating United, users can sign up to receive updates on legislation affecting the industry, learn more …

Martek names Bader

Stuart, Fla.-based Martek of Palm Beach, a marine electronics engineering and support company, has named Martin Bader as chief financial officer. Bader will be responsible for all financial operations of the company, which designs, installs, and services electronics aboard super yachts and other vessels around the world. Bader previously was CFO of OceanView Technologies, a …