Now parking the boat outside the stadium before (or during) the big game is becoming a ritual around the country.
Largest marine reserve in the world declared off limits to commercial resource extraction.
Multiple factors putting strain on U.S. river transportation.
Open spots at the Maryland Boating Career Discovery Day.
Entire line of products reviewed for UPF protection.
Offering dynamic learning experiences designed exclusively for marine fabricators.
Opening its first Ferretti Group China showroom in Qingdao--the company plans to open more showrooms in northern and southern China.
Appointed vice president, business manager of digital media and vice president of marketing and distribution.
New vice president of business development for the Fla.-based company.
The Lake Norman Carefree Boat Club recognized as the nation’s leading Carefree Boat Club.
Peer-to-peer boat rental and charter specialist GetMyBoat has updated its mobile app.
Larson Escape toons plane through the water by an exclusive tapered tube technology.
Fabric suppliers see the marine market in a severe downturn because of the weakening U.S. and world economy, as well as cautious customer purchasing for the remainder of 2009. Until the economy does rebound, the OEM market segment will be sluggish. Price-conscious marine fabricators will continue to seek less expensive imported fabrics. This continued influx of imports (not just from Asia) will erode market shares for the market leaders. If the weather is warmer and sunnier in 2009, the marine fabric market may still face decreases, but not as much as in 2008.
Marine fabricators see the market slowly coming back if the economy begins to improve in 2009. The current slump in boat sales will change how they market their products and services. There will be more use of the Internet, discounting of prices, increasing advertising budgets, and increasing product features as they relate to sustainability trends. Technology will continue to improve, particularly in stitching and hot and dielectric welding. Fabricators see raw material prices remaining high compared to the past (before 2007). Like fabric manufacturers, they see more fabric being sourced outside of the U.S. They also feel that their industry will continue to have a hard time finding skilled craftspeople for custom work.
From the 2009 State of the Industry Report. Purchase a complete report at the IFAI Bookstore.