Textiles Intelligence published an article by MarketResearch.com in February, 2009, describing forms of textile recycling and businesses making it work. “Recycling in the textile and clothing industry offers companies important benefits, particularly from an environmental viewpoint,” writes Gregg Kellett, online marketing manager for MarketResearch.com. To encourage recycling in Europe, for example, the EU passed new [...]
Colligo Marine’s hurricane anchor system helps boat owners anchor vessels securely, even in high winds and waves. Three anchors are attached to a swivel, allowing a boat to rotate in rough weather without the anchor lines getting tangled. This system is good for 30,000 pounds. SOURCE Colligo Marine
SodaBlasting is an eco-friendly way of removing paint and marine growth from the bottoms of boats without damaging the gelcoat. An air-driven baking soda formulation strips paint and opens blisters, preparing the surface for repair. This process takes one-tenth the time of traditional techniques. SOURCE Soda Blast Systems LLC
The Nav-Tracker GPS Tracking System from Paradox Marine is now being distributed by Win-Tron Electronics. The Nav-Tracker sets a radius around a vessel and alerts the boat owner if the radius has been breached. A text message or e-mail is sent to ensure the boat's security, and daily status reports are an option. SOURCE Win-Tron [...]
The Small Business Administration (SBA) is allowing small businesses to qualify for guaranteed loans based on net worth and average income, giving more credit to marine dealers. Previously, a marine dealer would only be eligible for the SBA 7(a) guaranteed loan program if annual receipts totaled less than $7 million. Now, eligibility for 7(a) loans [...]
Boat use is expected to rise during the summer months thanks to lower gas prices. The average gallon of gasoline is expected to cost $2.23, as compared to last summer’s average of $3.81 per gallon. The Energy Information Administration, which predicted the average fuel price, forecasts fuel prices to rise next year. However, those predictions [...]
Powerboat sales dropped 32 percent in the past year. However, the decline seems to have flattened out within the three-month period that ended March 31. This quarter istraditionally known for low sales volumes. Outboard boats were down 28 percent, sterndrive and jet boats were down 42 percent, personal watercrafts were down 30 percent and outboard [...]
In April 2009, the Industrial Fabrics Association International released a digital version of its two-part State-of-the-Industry series, publishedin the February and March issues of Specialty Fabrics Review. Part I focuses on the U.S. industry, covering market size, forces, keymarkets, market trends, global trade issues and the coming year’s outlook for the industry. Part II gives [...]
Luxury yacht builder, Fairline Boats Ltd., has chosen to feature Sunbrella Supreme for its biminis and cockpit covers on its flagship Squadron 78. Fairline says it chose the fabrics because of its good reputation in the marine industry. Sunbrella Supreme is a two-sided waterproof fabric available from Glen Raven Custom Fabrics.
National Boating Day has been declared as July 1 to recognize the boating industry’s recreational role in society, as well as its economic impact. The resolution must now move through the Senate before the president can proclaim observance of the day.