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January 1, 2014

How did your shop get started? We wanted to diversify, and market research indicated a void in marine fabrication. Omaha doesn’t come to mind as a huge boating community, but it is home to quite a few boat owners. Our research turned up limited options for either them or dealers who wanted to work with …

Translatlantic trade unites boating units

In September 2013, Thom Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association, and Robert Marx, president of European Boating Industry, signed a declaration stating their mutual intention to reduce and eliminate unnecessary regulatory costs and unjustified regulatory differences between the EU and the U.S. in the boating industry. Signed during EU-U.S. trade negotiations launched in …

IBEX cites Safety Components

Safety Components Fabric Technologies recently won an Innovation Award for its Breakwater X in the Boatbuilding Methods and Materials category at the 2013 International BoatBuilders Exhibition & Conference. Breakwater X is a PVC alloy fabric with a 10-year warranty for permanent tops and enclosures that maintains a soft hand regardless of age or exposure.

Hood honored with Mel Barr Award

The National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) presented the Mel Barr Award posthumously to Ted Hood, internationally heralded yachtsman, sail maker, yacht designer and builder. The award recognizes an individual who has contributed to the improvement of the industry and is named in the memory of marine rep Mel Barr, one of the founders of NMRA …

Edmonston to lead National Safe Boating Council

BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water President Chris Edmonston has been elected chairman of the National Safe Boating Council. Created in its current form by the Federal Boating Safety Act of 1971, the Council is the nation’s principle public-private boating safety advocacy organization with a coalition of more than 330 U.S. and international …

Boat Builders set meeting

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association will meet Jan. 22–24, 2014, at the B Ocean Hotel in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The program will combine interactive sessions with experienced industry leaders, industry partners and leading non-industry experts with breakout roundtable sessions, and several networking and business-to-business events. The conference is titled “Reflect, Rethink, Refocus:  Business …

Pinto joins Scovill Fasteners board

James I. Pinto has joined the board of Scovill Fasteners, a part of the Gores Group of companies. Scovill combines more than 200 years of experience and expertise to provide high-performance closures and fasteners, and serves a wide range of markets including fashion, infant wear, career apparel, jeans wear, leather products, sporting goods, military, marine …

Tigé Boats lifts BBB Torch

Abilene, Texas-based Tigé Boats has received the Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award, which is presented to a business that sets a positive example and maintains a solid commitment to conducting their business practices in an ethical fashion. The award notes Tigé’s culture of ethics and integrity since being founded in 1991. Tigé has been invited …

Canada-EU pact endorsed

The National Marine Manufacturers Association Canada (NMMA Canada) announced its support of the agreement in principle of the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) noting potential growth opportunities for the nation’s $8.9 billion recreational boating industry. The agreement was reached in principle by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the …

Best marinas named

Saybrook Point Marina, Inn & Spa in Old Saybrook, Conn., (Best Transient Marina) and Oriental, N.C.-based River Dunes (Best Customer Service) were named winners of Marinalife’s 4th Annual Best Marina Contest. Runners-up are two-time winner Nantucket Boat Basin in Nantucket, Mass., (Best Transient Marina), and Dog River Marina in Mobile, Ala., (Best Customer Service). Marinalife …