Marina regulation targets metals in water

January 1st, 2010

A proposed coastal marina permit regulation being developed by the State Water Resources Control Board mandates periodic analysis of water and bottom sediment for coastal marinas with more than 10 slips. The permit regulation is primarily designed to target copper in marine sediment. Under the proposed regulation, all unidentified objects that float into a marina […]

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Fabricating an enclosure

January 1st, 2010

My wife Deb and I have run Hood Canvas for the better part of 30 years. I attribute most of my skills in the early years to the late Ralph Hulsman of the Oakum Bay Canvas Co. in Marblehead, Mass. We spent many hours together exchanging ideas on napkins in area restaurants. The way we […]

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New Orleans Boat Show postponed until 2011

January 1st, 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 […]

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DIY memory foam kits from Keller Marine

January 1st, 2010

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.

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Use cell phones on the ocean

January 1st, 2010

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 […]

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MAATS and IBEX combine forces

January 1st, 2010

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 […]

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New legislation calls for fuel compatibility

January 1st, 2010

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 […]

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Marine distributors predict sales optimism

January 1st, 2010

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 […]

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Boat registration down

January 1st, 2010

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 […]

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Boat sales down but up slightly from July

January 1st, 2010

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 […]

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