Seattle Boat Show attendance up

May 1, 2014

Seattle is celebrating a successful nine-day Seattle Boat Show and strong January boat sales. The Northwest Marine Trade Association and the Northwest Yacht Brokers Association closed the show one day early to accommodate the 2014 Super Bowl which featured the Seattle Seahawks. Final attendance for the show, which ended on Feb. 1, was up 2 …

Boats.com introduces resource for new boat buyers

Boats.com, the global online resource for boat enthusiasts and a division of Dominion Marine Media, has launched a downloadable online buyer’s resource for new boats called Boat Reviews 2013. The document includes links to more than 200 written reviews, 16 video reviews, and 50 “First Look” videos produced by Boats.com. It also features the “10 …

The Woven Revolution

New vinyl flooring options have become wildly popular in exterior marine applications in just a few years. Will the trend last? When Bob Dylan sang “the times they are a’changin’,” he probably didn’t have exterior marine flooring fabrics in mind. Regardless, the times are a’changin’ for boat manufacturers, flooring designers and boating enthusiasts. Usually, not …

Rhode Island moves to attract top sailing events

Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee has signed legislation establishing the Rhode Island Sailing Events Commission. The commission is charged primarily with identifying and attracting more internationally recognized sailing and marine events to the Ocean State, which has a long history of sailing and a worldwide reputation as a premiere venue for marine and boating …

The science of vinyl discoloration

How it happens & how to prevent it Look around a typical marina during the summer months and you will see dozens of vessels—some new, some old, some big, some small, and perhaps a few that show signs of transient color changes in the PVC fabrics being used. For more than 50 years, PVC discoloration, …

Spray painting proposal passes fire panel

The National Marine Manufacturers Association, in conjunction with Lauderdale Marine Center and the National Fire Protection Committee on Spray Finishing, recently drafted and approved a new standard that reduces the fire risks of spray painting large objects, including yachts in temporary membrane enclosures. Temporary membrane enclosures are used in the marine industry to paint yachts …

Step toward technology

Darren Arthur runs his marine canvas shop with two employees—and he’s added an automated plotter-cutter system to improve productivity. The decision to buy a plotter-cutter system for my marine canvas shop was initially an overwhelming idea,” says Darren Arthur, owner of Nautilux Custom Canvas LLC in Hazlet, N.J. “I had never seen that type of …

Carefree names boat club of the year

The Lake Norman Carefree Boat Club of Cornelius, N.C., was recognized as the nation’s leading Carefree Boat Club at the company’s annual conference. The four-year-old company bested 30 other Carefree Boat Clubs based on three metrics: customer service, sales leadership, and corporate and affiliate support. In addition to the 2013 Boat Club of the Year …

Vico Plastics

Vico Plastics’ Boat Vent 3 (1a) has updated its Boat Vent II, which provided tented vents that helped prevent mildew and mold. Boat Vent 3 features four improvements: easier installation, more efficient venting, better grip and adjustability. Molded from UV-inhibited plastic, it can be installed to virtually any boat cover. Vico also introduces a new …

NMMA Canada endorses trade pact

The National Marine Manufacturers Association Canada (NMMA Canada) has announced its support for the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement. This trade agreement is the first for Canada with the Asian market. The Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement will eliminate Korean duties on products exported by recreational boating companies. Tariffs on yachts and other vessels for pleasure or sports, as …