TACO Metals to debut new products at IBEX 2012

September 27, 2012

TACO Metals, Inc. will debut 30 new products at this year’s International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX), taking place Oct. 2-4 in in Louisville, Ky. Tailored to the demands of today’s boat builders, the products feature unique innovations and patent-pending designs. The suite of products includes an under top antenna mount that can be safely …

Texas Coast Boat Show helps celebrate Galveston landmark

September 18, 2012

This October, the Texas Coast Boat & Outdoor Show debuts on the Gulf Coast. The show will help celebrate the redevelopment and refurbishment of one of Galveston’s oldest landmarks—the Galveston Yacht Basin. Taking place Oct. 12-14, the show will feature over 100 boats in the water, both power and sail, plus an onshore exhibition where …

Tampa Boat Show features on-water education and activities

September 11, 2012

The Progressive Insurance Tampa Boat Show returns Sept. 28-30 with new educational opportunities. From on-the-water boat training to scuba lessons and do-it-yourself maintenance seminars, the event offers attendees a variety of hands-on learning experiences. Activities at the 2012 boat show include Take the Helm with Discover Boating. From novice boaters to seasoned sailors, attendees can …

Set sail in a folding fabric boat

September 1, 2012

Created by Thibault Penven, a student at Ecole Cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL), Switzerland, the Ar Vag (which translates as “boat” in Brittany) is a folding fabric vessel with oars. Designed for use as a shuttle between the shore and a larger vessel, it functions well on a lake or in quiet seas for a …

Outdoor recreation is $646 billion industry

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and a coalition of outdoor industry groups released a study on the importance of outdoor recreation to the national economy. The study shows that outdoor recreation generated $646 billion in national sales and services in 2011. The Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), a member of the coalition, produced The Outdoor Recreation …

Lacey Act affects boat builders using imported wood

The Lacey Act protects plants and wildlife by prohibiting trade in wildlife, fish and plants that have been illegally taken, transported or sold. The law affects boat manufacturers as it applies to imported wood products. On June 7, the House Natural Resources Committee voted to move forward with the Lacey Act amendment bill (HR 3210). …

NMMA integrates with the SCMA

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has integrated the Southern California Marine Association (SCMA) and its members with NMMA in an effort to expand boating participation and the market for recreational boating throughout the U.S. SCMA and its members will be part of NMMA under the newly formed NMMA West. The integration reflects NMMA’s decision to open associate …

Bill to ban copper-based boat paint dropped

California State Sen. Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) dropped a bill that would have banned copper-based boat-hull paints. The bill was based on the premise that copper-based antifouling paints used on recreational boats were the main culprit for copper pollution in marinas statewide. The senator called for more studies to be completed before moving forward. NMMA …

Hearing investigates marine growth

The House Small Business Subcommittee on Investigations, Oversight and Regulations held a hearing “Sinking the Marine Industry: How Regulations are Affecting Today’s Maritime Businesses.” The discussion included HR 1439, which would require a physical presence in a state before any kind of gross receipts tax could be imposed. The hearing also covered regulatory actions by …

Safety Components celebrates mill’s 100th anniversary

April 15, 2012, marked the 100th anniversary of Safety Components’ mill located in Greenville, S.C. The Dunean Mill was built as an electrified site that manufactured fine, high-quality cotton goods, transitioning to a synthetic fabric mill by 1935. The Dunean Mill was one of the first to weave rayon, polyester, Nomex and Kevlar.