Archive | January 2012

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Mega-yacht builder to bring jobs to Northern Wisconsin

Breaking News!  Palmer Johnson sells two large yachts, ensuring 150-200 shipyard jobs. At least 100 jobs will return to Sturgeon Bay with the recent sale of what will be the largest Palmer Johnson yacht built in Door County. Moran Yacht and Ship, headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Wednesday announced the sale of the 215-foot yacht […]

Dealers optimistic after early boat show results

    Despite decreased attendance at several boat shows, boat dealers from across the country are reporting an improved buying mood, translating to an increase in sales compared to last year. Boating Industry magazine spoke with four dealers, who combined to attend National Marine Manufacturers Association-produced boat shows in Atlanta, Chicago and New York and […]

SAIL magazine awards 2012 innovators

  BOSTON – SAIL magazine recently handed out its annual Pittman Innovation Awards recognizing the sailboat market’s most innovative gear and equipment of 2012. The winners will be covered in the February issue of SAIL and will be featured at SAIL‘s Innovation Station at the Progressive Insurance Strictly Sail Chicago Boat Show, Jan. 26-29. The […]

Get that boat ready to sell! can help!

Preparing the boat for sale Fixing up a boat after you decide to sell is a very important first step toward getting the most value out of your investment. “Quirks” that you’ve lived with for years will drive away interested buyers, so here are some tips to make sure your boat will appeal to anyone […]

New York Boat Show attendance drops in 2012

The National Marine Manufacturers Association reports today that attendance at the 2012 New York Boat Show was down 10 percent in 2012, with 40,702 attending. The NMMA attributes the drop in attendance to the mild temperature and the Giant’s playoff game on Sunday afternoon, which resulted in smaller closing day crowds. NMMA President Thom Dammrich […]

West Marine invites inventors, vendors to pitch products!

West Marine will be hosting its Seventh Annual New Product Review Day on Jan. 20, encouraging inventors and vendors to show up and pitch new products to be considered for sale in West Marine locations. West Marine said it’s always on the lookout for innovative new products for boats and boaters, and inventors and innovators […]

Bilge Pumps!

Oh, what a boring subject, right? Yeah, I agree, reading about bilge pumps is not too thrilling. But this is a subject which I’ve been harping on for a long time, apparently without a lot of success based on the continuing and overwhelmingly casual attitude that boat owners have for their bilge pumping systems. Just […]