Chris-Craft moving to new facility

May 1, 2008

Production of Chris-Craft’s Lancer 20 (formerly named “Speedster”) has moved from Sarasota, Fla., to Cleveland County, N.C. Production of Chris-Craft’s smallest and most popular boat began in its new Kings Mountain facility in March. Chris-Craft also plans to start an upholstery operation at the new facility. In the next two or three months the company …

2008 MFA National Convention shatters attendance records

March 1, 2008

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 …

Astrup president retires

Jeffrey W. Kirk, president of The Astrup Co. and chief operations officer of the distribution division of Glen Raven, retired in February. Kirk served 32 years with The Astrup Co. First hired as an account representative in 1975, he worked his way up and was named president and secretary in 1999. Kirk, Industrial Fabrics Manager, …

Glen Raven unveils name for distribution division

Glen Raven Inc. unveiled the name for its new distribution division: Tri Vantage LLC. Last May Glen Raven acquired The Astrup Co. and John Boyle & Co., two of the nation’s largest distributors of products for the awning, marine, sign and casual furniture industries. “We have woven the strengths of three great companies together to …

EPA changes paint-stripping rules

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) revised a rule to regulate area source emission standards for paint stripping and surface coating. The EPA agreed to limit its definition of hazardous air pollutants (HAPs). The original rule would have regulated area sources that include boatyards, marinas and small boatbuilders with emissions of HAPs under 10 tons. …

Used boat sales drive growth

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 …