Used boat sales drive growth

March 1, 2008

According to Spader Cos., sales rose 3.5 percent for the average used boat dealer since last year. Spader attributes this rise to a 14.2 percent increase in pre-owned boat sales. New boat sales are up only 0.6 percent from 2006. New boat inventories at dealerships were up only 1.7 percent from last year, while pre-owned …

New OSHA rules for PPE

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ruled that employers are required to pay for almost all personal protective equipment (PPE) required by OSHA’s general industry, construction and maritime standards. The employer is expected to make sure the employees’ PPE meets OSHA standards. All employers must change their existing PPE payment policies by May 14, …

Powerboat registrations decrease

Registrations for new powerboats fell 7 percent since last year, according to the National Marine Manufacturer’s Association (NMMA). Jet drive boats were the only segment to see growth, with registrations rising 9 percent. However, NMMA president Thom Dammrich believes inventory reductions may position the industry for growth in the last half of this year. The …

Inflatable boat builder moves to Colombia

AB Inflatables moved all boat production to a new factory in Colombia from Venezuela. The 100,000-square-foot facility is located in the duty-free zone near the waterfront and is three times the size of the old one. AB Inflatables moved because of difficulty finding dependable, skilled labor, along with aggressive labor unions and government red tape …

New MAATS Planning Committee chairman appointed

Greg Lentine, president of NorCross Marine Products, was appointed as the new chairman of the Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show (MAATS) Planning Committee. MAATS will be held July 16-18 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Glen Raven integrates Boyle plant

John Boyle & Co.’s manufacturing facility will become part of Glen Raven’s technical fabrics division in March. John Boyle employees, totaling 147, will remain in Statesville, N.C., as part of Glen Raven. New signs will be installed at the new location.

Foam makers establish voluntary certification

The CertiPUR-US initiative sponsored by the Polyurethane Foam Association (PFA) establishes voluntary performance, environmental, health and safety standards for qualified foams. The initiative is based on Europe’s CertiPUR program, but includes physical performance standards that quantify durability, consistency and comfort. Visit www.pfa.org.

Marina slip contract policy changes

Marinas, in an effort to control rising insurance costs, are inserting language in slip contracts that shift liability to the slip holder. Boaters could have to pay for injuries, lawyers and damages out of pocket—even if the marina is to blame—if the boat insurance policy doesn’t include contractual liability. Boaters should check their marina slip …

2008 MFA National Convention shatters attendance records

The biggest—and arguably the best—­MFA National Convention went down in “Margaritaville,” with more people, more products and more educational opportunities. The theme for the 2008 Marine Fabricators Association National Convention, Jan. 13-15,­ was “Margaritaville,” a term made popular by the Jimmy Buffet song of the same name. The Marriott Hutchinson Island Resort in Stuart, Fla., …

Island Packet 465 wins award

Sail magazine recognized the Island Packet 465 as one of its “Best Boats for 2008.” Island Packet also received the Editor’s Choice Award for Excellence in Accommodation Design. Judges noted that the IP465 had superior head room, a comfortable navigation station and excellent joinery. This is the second year Island Packet has been recognized with …