American Welding Society to highlight shipyard work

March 16, 2015

Welding is the most vital and fundamental manufacturing process in the construction of ships and metal-hull boats. Attendees at the American Welding Society’s 2015 Shipbuilding Conference-slated for April 7-8 in Virginia Beach, Va.-will learn about emerging technologies in both commercial and Navy shipbuilding. The conference will benefit designers, engineers, fabricators and suppliers who seek to …

Senate Committee Approves Vessel Discharge Reform Legislation

March 9, 2015

The bipartisan effort to establish a uniform national framework for the regulation of vessel discharges took another step forward as the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation approved S. 373, the Vessel Incidental Discharge Act, with strong bipartisan support. A broad-based coalition of nearly 60 organizations joined the American Waterways Operators in urging the …

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Ship Wrecked

March 1, 2015

Total boat restorations can be a lucrative, if laborious, project in the wake of fires, storms and water-borne debris.

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Building a dream shop

Your new, ‘ideal’ shop should not fit your needs like a glove.
Two things you should know about the ideal canvas shop: 1. It’s a myth. 2. Shop owners are into mythology.

Bellwether report shows continued boat sales gains

U.S. boat sales were still running slightly less than 10 percent ahead of 2013 through November, according to a report by Info-Link, which tracks the outdoor-recreation industry. Its Bellwether report tracks boat sales across the country based on new U.S. boat registrations. Continuing a trend the service had noted during 2014, every segment of the …

City’s OK secures Miami Boat Show

The City of Miami Commission has approved the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) to produce the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show at Miami Marine Stadium Park. “In 2016, the Miami International Boat Show will mark 75 years in Miami,” noted NMMA President Thom Dammrich, “and I’m not sure there’s a better way to commemorate …

Heytex Group acquires BondCote

Hendersonville, N.C.-based technical textile maker Heytex has purchased BondCoat of Pulaski, Va., and will retain all current management and employees. Established in 1949, BondCoat specializes in coated and laminated textiles for defense equipment, transportation, specialized industrials, commercial tents, and leisure and sports markets. The combined company now has a total of four production sites on …

US Sailing team partners with Sunbrella

The US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider has announced a major partnership with Sunbrella fabrics. Sunbrella will be named a Gold-level sponsor of the team, the nation’s Olympic and Paralympic sailing team, and also as the presenting sponsor of ISAF Sailing World Cup Miami, North America’s premier Olympic and Paralympic classes regatta. The Glen Raven, N.C.-based …

USCG issues new boating safety paper

The National Boating Safety Advisory Council recently announced the publication of Issue 88 of the Boating Safety Circular (BSC #88) to continue to inform the public and boat builders of the latest safety related news and announcements in the form of a brief newsletter. The publication is an official communication from the U.S. Coast Guard …

Engine shipments gain in Canada

Wholesale shipments of outboard engines in Canada were up 4.1 percent over the previous year through November, the NMMA reports. Corresponding dollars were up 5.2 percent, while warranty card registrations were down 2.1 percent.