Rustproof boat stands

July 1, 2012

Unlike painted boat stands, ROK® Boat Stands from Brownell Trailers are rustproof and corrosion resistant. The stands feature fully hot dipped galvanized bases and cast steel hot dipped galvanized handles. Stackable with other major brands, ROK stands are built with five degrees more pitch, adjustable screw tops and solid steel roll threaded rods. Stands are …

Solar-powered boat completes around-the-world journey

On May 4, the Tûranor PlanetSolar sailed into Monaco, finishing its 19-month journey around the world and becoming the first boat to make the trek powered only by solar energy. The vessel’s durable, lightweight structure features 537 square meters of solar panels, making the PlanetSolar the largest solar ship in the world. The vessel was …

Marine upholstery fabric

OMNOVA Solutions introduces five new designs to the Nautolex upholstery line for exterior and interior marine applications. Facet combines a 3-D grid design and is available in nine colors. Free Spirit features a subtle, metallic glitter and comes in 14 bold and neutral shades. Pebbletex’s raised stipple texture mimics the look and feel of pebbles. …

Aftermarket distributor program

To help serve boat owners and refurbishment businesses, OMNOVA Solutions is offering an aftermarket distributor program for its Nautolex performance marine products. Customers will have easy access to products thanks to a national network of 16 distributors located in major boating hubs. Products include 10 Nautolex coated fabric designs in a variety of constructions, leather …

Upward sales for powerboats

The March Info-Link Technologies Bellwether Report revealed that year-over-year sales for 15-foot or greater powerboats were up 5 percent. Sales for outboard and sportfishing boats improved nearly 10 percent compared to March 2011. The 15-foot and greater outboard boat market increased about 9 percent. Sales for sterndrive, personal watercraft and ski boats improved slightly since …

New NMEI services to NMMA members

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s U.S. Foreign and Commercial Service joined together to create the New Market Exporter Initiative (NMEI). The initiative assists manufacturers as they expand their export sales of manufactured goods. Through the NMEI, NMMA’s members receive help developing contacts for business in foreign markets including …

Sales up for recreational boating industry

Retail sales for recreational boats, accessories and marine services in the U.S. increased 6 percent to $32.3 billion in 2011, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) Annual Statistical Report. This marks the first increase in retail sales for the recreational boating industry since 2006. Leading the recovery was aluminum powerboats (primarily fishing and …

SureShade expands production

SureShade teamed with Great Lakes Boat Top to expand production of its retractable marine sunshade systems. Great Lakes Boat Top Company will produce all new canvas pieces for SureShade factory installations, as well as handle canvas production for select aftermarket and dealer-installed sunshade systems. SureShade is currently featured as a factory-install option on eight different …

Dicor enters marine market

Dicor Corporation, a supplier of RV products, expanded into the marine market to help meet growing demands from those refurbishing older boats and cabin cruisers. Directed by its Seal Design affiliate, this expansion brings a range of new components and aftermarket offerings to the marine market, including durable and easy-to-apply sealants, deck hardware, flooring, compact …

NMMA honors E15 alternative research

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) presented six recipients with Environmental Achievement Awards for their research and contributions towards finding an alternative to E15. At the award ceremony held during the 2012 American Boating Congress, NMMA’s director of environmental safety and compliance, John McKnight, noted the importance of such research.