Upcoming Marine Marketers of America presentation

January 22, 2010

Upcoming Marine Marketers of America presentation Marine Marketers of America will present “The Great Media Debate: Where to Put Your Ad Dollars Now,” during its annual general members meeting on Feb. 11 at 1:30 p.m. during the Miami International Boat Show. Two senior publishing professionals will headline the presentation: Peter Janssen, editorial director of MotorBoating …

Low-draw marine LCD TV

January 13, 2010

A 19-inch marine LCD television from Majestic Global USA connects to any 12-volt source without needing filters, inverters or in-line power boxes. The unit weighs less than 10 pounds and can be mounted on a wall or bulkhead. A high-brightness features makes sure the picture is visible even in bright outdoor light. SOURCE Majestic Global …

New Orleans Boat Show postponed until 2011

January 1, 2010

Due to lack of attendance, the New Orleans Boat and Sportshow has been postponed until next year. The National Marine Manufacturers Association said that the postponement will allow time to address dealer demands as the boating industry pulls out of the recession. The New Orleans Boat and Sportshow will take place Jan. 5–9, 2011, at …

DIY memory foam kits from Keller Marine

Memory foam topper kits are now available to dealers from marine distributor Keller Marine & RV. The conversion kits, which include mildew-resistant memory foam, template paper and cutting tools, can be added to existing boat mattresses. The memory foam topper kits are manufactured by Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company.

Use cell phones on the ocean

KVH Industries and On-Waves have installed seven secure “earth stations” around the globe to bring cell phone service to those at sea. In the past, cell phones typically have lost reception 15 miles offshore because of land-based cell tower ranges. A person can now purchase a dedicated SIM card and use their own cell phone …

MAATS and IBEX combine forces

The Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show (MAATS) will combine with the International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) in fall 2010, to make the industry’s largest trade event. This new collaboration will increase efficiency for exhibitors and attendees, and the fall timeline makes it better for introducing new products to dealers. The 2010 combined MAATS and …

New legislation calls for fuel compatibility

A new legislation called the “Mid-Level Ethanol Blends Act of 2009” makes sure that new fuels introduced into the marketplace are compatible with boat engines. Because the Clean Air Act prohibits mid-level ethanol blends, the ethanol industry is seeking a waiver to sell E15 as a general purpose fuel. The bill requires an advisory board …

Marine distributors predict sales optimism

Marine distributors predict their sales to be up in 2010, according to a survey by the National Marine Distributors Association. Sales volumes of marine accessories were reported down by 76 percent of the respondents in 2009, while 14 percent said sales were up and 10 percent said sales stayed the same. When asked to predict …

Boat registration down

Recreational boat registration is down 1.4 percent. In 2007, 13 million boats were registered by the United States Coast Guard, but in 2008, that number decreased to 12.8 million boats. It was also estimated that there were 270,000 model year 2008 registered powerboats last year, and 400,000 other powerboats were retired from the recreational boating …

Boat sales down but up slightly from July

New boat sales were down 36.5 percent and total dealership sales were down 25.5 percent at the end of August 2009. The average dealer reported year-to-date new boat sales of $2,732,903 and average total dealership sales of $5,704,576 for the first eight months of 2009. Those numbers are compared to $4,304,229 and $7,656,982, respectively. Spending …