Schaefer Marine to distribute Manson Anchors in the U.S.

May 31, 2012

Schaefer Marine is a leading manufacturer and supplier of marine products to recreational and commercial accounts throughout the United States. “We are proud to form this association with Manson Anchors. Both companies are rooted in manufacturing high quality products and in servicing their customers with the highest degree of satisfaction,” said Fred Cook, President of …

Phifer outdoor fabrics receive GREENGUARD certification

May 29, 2012

Phifer Incorporated’s line of Designed Fabrics outdoor furniture fabric has attained GREENGUARD Select certification from the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI). The new GREENGUARD Select program meets the latest in scientific and market requirements for VOC and formaldehyde emissions, including compliance with the 2012 updates to the California section CA 01350 emissions standard. The Select certification …

National Safe Boating Week May 19-25, 2012

May 21, 2012

The National Safe Boating Council is kicking off National Safe Boating Week, May 19–25, 2012. Boating safety partners across the U.S. and Canada are teaming up to promote safe and responsible boating, including voluntary wear of life jackets. As part of National Safe Boating Week, the NSBC hosted “Ready, Set, Wear It!” on May 19. …

Window products provide visibility and profits

May 1, 2012

Setting your canvas shop apart from the competition can be challenging, especially in the current economy. Providing your customers with new options for clear windows can differentiate you from the other guy, but the array of options and price points on the market can be overwhelming—for you and your customers. Being knowledgeable about what’s out …

Waterfront Challenge to return in 2012

The Interlux Waterfront Challenge returns in 2012 and will award a total of $50,000 to organizations that create sustainable waterfront environmental improvements in their communities. A five-judge panel of marine industry professionals—with the help of boaters voting on Facebook for their favorite projects—will select seven regional winners to be awarded $4,500 each and a grand-prize …

Inventory management

Marine fabricators have one thing in common: a desire to maximize their shop layouts and rack space to optimize profits, inventory and shop efficiencies. For many fabricators, breaking away from the “buying bulk” philosophy means streamlining production processes. For others, having plenty of stock on hand may mean higher degrees of product selection for their …

Florida tax cap shows promise

Florida collected nearly 10 times the projected sales tax revenue after new maritime provisions were signed into law, according to a study by the Florida Yacht Brokers Association and the Marine Industries Association of South Florida. The new law put an $18,000 sales-and-use tax cap on boats purchased or brought into Florida. Research indicated that …

Collisions ranked top marine accident

Collisions between powered and non-powered personal watercraft and sail or powered craft are a serious concern for both professional mariners and recreational boaters, according to a study from the United States Coast Guard. The study ranks collisions with a recreational vessel as the leading primary marine accident type. Operator inattention and improper lookout were leading …

PFA recycling reference

The Polyurethane Foam Association (PFA) published a comprehensive discussion of the U.S. flexible polyurethane foam industry related to production issues, solid waste management and recycling of post-consumer foam products that may contain flame retardants. The paper, “Flexible Polyurethane Foam Waste Management and Recycling,” was developed in response to an invitation from the United Nations Industrial …

Open Fuels Standard oppostion letter

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), with the support of an additional 22 organizations, signed a letter urging senators to voice opposition to the “Open Fuels Standard.” If passed, the amendment would mandate that 80 percent of gasoline-powered light-duty vehicles be tri-fuel vehicles capable of running on any combination of ethanol, methanol and gasoline beginning …