NOAA hurricane outlook indicates an above-normal Atlantic season

May 26, 2011

The Atlantic basin is expected to see an above-normal hurricane season this year, according to the seasonal outlook issued by NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, a division of the National Weather Service. Across the entire Atlantic basin for the six-month season, which begins June 1, NOAA is predicting 12 to 18 named storms (winds of 39 …

Ronstan Intl. wins design award

May 18, 2011

Ronstan International, which manufactures winches, hardware and accessories for sailing and is based in Melbourne, Australia, was recently honored with a Red Dot design award. The company’s new Core Block Series received the product design award. Established in 1955, the Red Dot awards committee comprises 36 independent design experts from all parts of the globe. …

Ostrich-inspired Ossie collection by Enduratex makes its debut

May 10, 2011

Enduratex (China General Plastics Corp. of America, CGPC) has announced the release of Ossie, a unique faux leather product with a rich appearance designed for high-end applications. Developed as a top-of-the-line faux leather product, Ossie is the newest offering in the Endurasoft contract catalog, and will be available in 13 SKUs. “Ossie is an exotic …

“Sail-In” program addresses Congress

May 1, 2011

The U.S. Maritime Coalition took its Congressional “Sail-In” to Capitol Hill on May 4, with hundreds of individuals from across the country and from all segments of the American maritime industry coming to Washington for the event. Sail-In was established to increase Congressional awareness of the importance of America’s maritime industry to the economic and …

Discover Boating launches campaign

Discover Boating, a public awareness effort managed by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) on behalf of the North American recreational boating industry, launched a new campaign dedicated to encourage boaters to get non-boaters to experience the allure of the boating lifestyle. The campaign, Welcome to the Water, includes a strong Facebook presence and provides …

SBA relaunches loan program

The Small Business Administration has relaunched its Dealer Floor Plan (DFP) Program. Originally started in July 2009 for boat, auto, RV and other dealerships that use floor plan financing loans, the new DFP program raises loan caps from $2 million to $5 million and provides a loan guarantee of 75 percent on floor plan lines …

Tri Vantage adds Makrolon

Tri Vantage added Makrolon polycarbonate sheets to its product line. Manufactured by Bayer MaterialScience, Makrolon is known for glass-like clarity, along with outstanding impact strength, superior dimensional stability and excellent thermal resistance. Makrolon can be sewn into a number of marine enclosures. Tri Vantage has developed unique packaging that allows Makrolon polycarbonate sheets to be …

Companies honored for innovation

Twelve marine products were honored for innovative achievement by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI) at the 70th annual Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail Miami, Feb. 17–21. Eleven companies took home the prestigious boating industry 2011 Innovation Award and one the Honorable Mention. The Innovation Awards recognize products …

Fabricator launches new website

Riverside Covers of Fort Myers, Fla., launched a new website in order to provide useful tools and inspiring ideas for its customers. The website focuses on the company’s custom products and services, offers canvas cleaning and maintenance instruction sheets, and printable manufacturer warranties. It also includes project pictures, seasonal promotions and information, and a variety …

Attempted boat theft foiled

A GOST NT Evolution boat security system stopped would-be boat thieves from making off with a 35-foot Intrepid in Treasure Cay, Bahamas. As thieves attempted to steal the vessel, they were stopped as the system sounded sirens and alerted all of its contacts within 30 seconds. The thieves fled the boat before the police arrived. …