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Tide Turns for US Boating Industry

Recreational boating industry reports ten percent increase in new power boat sales in 2012: first sign of healthy growth since recession. According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) early projections indicate the industry will see additional increases in 2013 by as much as 5-10 percent, with the caveat that this level of growth in 2013 will depend on a number of factors including continued improvement in economic conditions that impact recreational boating—namely consumer confidence and the housing market—and sustained increases in Americans’ participation in outdoor recreation. “Improving economic conditions and what seems to be a resurgence in Americans’ love for the outdoors, helped fuel steady growth in new power boat sales in 2012,” notes Thom Dammrich, president of NMMA. “A ten percent boost at retail in 2012 is significant as this is the first time since the recession we saw healthy growth across the powerboat market, which will create momentum in 2013.” Another factor, and new trend, that’s contributing to new boat sales is the creation of innovative, more versatile and accessible boats that appeal to a variety of interests and budgets and fall within the 15-26 foot range. It’s these smaller boats, those less than 27 feet, which make up 96 percent of the 12.4 million registered boats in the U.S. and are leading the industry out of the recession


Plantation Boat Mart Acquires Hydra-Sports Boat Co.

Hydra-Sports Boat 2300: Photo courtesy of Plantation Boat & Marina

Florida boat dealers Plantation Boat Mart & Marina acquire Hydra-Sports Boat Company from M C B C Hydra Sports LLC (Master Craft Boat Company). The new company is know as Hydra-Sports Custom Boats, LLC. Poised to represent an entirely new concept within the boating industry, customers will be able to order their new vessels directly from the company's Islamorada and Palm Beach factory test centers and take delivery


Cummins Gulf Coast Crew Boat Update

As the size and cargo capacities of crew boats has increased so has the combined and individual horesepower of the engines. Compared with 1998, the 1999 Cummins Mid-South order book for crew boat engines has shown a decrease in the numbers of six-cylinder KTA19 M4 engines that, with a 700 hp rating, has been the standard in the past. At the same time they have, to date, sold, for crew boat application, a total of 55 of the 12-cylinder KTA38 M2 engines with a Heavy Duty rating of 1350 hp at


Babcock Wins Small Boat Fleet Support Contract

Babcock has begun work under the recently awarded contract from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) to provide repair and maintenance to small boats used by the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, British Army and MoD Police,. Babcock is one of the companies appointed by the MoD Commercially Supported Shipping (CSS) team to provide support services to the small boat fleet, including over 800 inflatables, five dive boats, ten Mexeflotes (landing raft/pontoons)


Coast Guard, Good Samaritan Rescue Three From Capsized Boat

The Coast Guard and a good Samaritan rescued three people Sunday after the 15-foot boat the three boaters were on capsized in Pamlico Sound near Avon, N.C. The boat's operator contacted Coast Guard Sector North Carolina watchstanders at approximately 4:48 p.m., stating he and a passenger were clinging to the overturned boat and one person was floating in the water. Sector North Carolina watchstanders dispatched a crew aboard a 25-foot Response Boat - Small from Coast Guard Station


Non-Lethall Weapon to Stop Small Boats

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The U.S. Coast Guard and the Department of Defense’s Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Directorate (JNLWD) recently conducted a demonstration of a developmental non-lethal weapon designed to stop suspicious small boats. The program, referred to as Boat Trap, involves dropping an entangling net from a helicopter into the path of a boat. The net entangles in the boat’s propeller, forcing the vessel to a safe stop. According to Darrel Webb, Maritime Project Engineer at the JNLWD


Coast Guard Purchases Defender Class Response Boats

At the Port of Philadelphia yesterday, President Bush discussed the Coast Guard’s role in Operation Liberty Shield, Operation Iraqi Freedom and the War on Terrorism. The President also announced that the Coast Guard will purchase up to 700 new Defender Class Response Boats from SAFE Boats International of Port Orchard, Wash., which will be utilized in homeland security missions. The new Defender Class boats will replace nearly 300 non-standard shore based boats and provide a standardized


US Boating On High Speed Recovery

 Picture: National Marine Manufacturers Association

 Nearly 89 million Americans went boating last year, one of the largest boating participation figures on record. And the boat sales last year increased to $37 billion, a 3 percent increase from the year before. These figures are released by the National Marine Manufacturers Association, according to a report from Kansas City Star.   After several down years in the midst of a struggling economy, boaters are taking to the water like seldom before.  


Boaterz n Bikerz Hull of a Tour Launches Freedom Ride

The nine-day, 2000-mile motorcycle and boating tour attracted 30 members of the boating industry

  The Boaterz ‘n Bikerz Hull of a Tour² launch of “The Freedom Ride” throttled forward yesterday from Freedom Boat Club’s Marina Jack location in downtown Sarasota, FL.   The nine-day, 2000-mile motorcycle and boating tour attracted 30 members of the boating industry including their friends, and travels up the east coast to Washington D.C., concluding with participation in the 100,000-bike rally, Rolling Thunder, which honors war veterans


Canada Commits to Boating Safety

Canadian transport ministry announces additional funding for the Boating Safety Contribution Program The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, has announced additional funding for the Boating Safety Class Contribution Program. The renewed program, now called the 'Boating Safety Contribution Program' (BSCP), will continue to provide financial contributions to organizations that promote boating safety in Canada and will increase in 2014 to support more


New Ferry MV Woods Hole Delivered

M/V Woods Hole during sea trials (Photo: Brian King)

The newly built ferry M/V Woods Hole has been delivered to serve Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.   Built by Conrad Industries of Morgan City, La., the Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) designed ferry is the naval architects’ second design for The Steamship Authority


C. Raymond Hunt Associates Celebrates 50 Years

(Photo: C. Raymond Hunt Associates)

C. Raymond Hunt Associates, a boat design firm that continues to expand on the legacy of its founder, C. Raymond Hunt, to produce innovative boats with rugged seaworthiness, is now celebrating its 50th year.   “Ray Hunt was a genius


Passenger Vessel Runs Aground off Hawaii

Photo: U.S. Coast Guard

The 65-foot commercial passenger vessel Spirit of Kona ran aground on the island of Hawaii, Sunday, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.   Coast Guard Sector Honolulu watchstanders received notification Sunday morning that the vessel ran aground on the rocks near the Kailua-Kona Lighthouse


B&G Software Upgrade for Zeus2 and Vulcan Chartplotter

Zeus² is an easy to use, ultra-responsive, multi-touch chartplotter packed with Award Winning sailing features Photo B&G

B&G, the world’s leading sailing navigation and instrument specialist has upgraded its latest software for the full range of Zeus2 and Vulcan chartplotters. The new software upgrade enhances B&G chartplotters, allowing users to wirelessly download high-resolution weather


Jakarta to Boost Security of Small Vessels

Indonesias Maritime Security. Photo: US Embassy in Indonesia

 Jakarta will boost security of small vessels after hijackings 15 July, says a report in Protection Vessels International Ltd (PVI).   Indonesia is currently discussing with the International Maritime Organisation the rules for deployment of naval and coast guard vessels to escort


Team Britannia, GAC Inks Partnership Deal

GAC & Team Britannia sign deal Image GAC

As Team Britannia prepares for its bid to break the round-the-world powerboat record later this year, GAC has been named their official shipping and logistics partner. GAC will draw on the local contacts and expertise of its network of global offices and partners to provide the 80ft powerboat


Migrants Survivors Tell of Struggle at Sea

The bodies of 21 women and one man were brought ashore to Sicily on Friday as fellow migrants described scenes of panic and violence when water poured into their dinghy.   Some survivors had bite marks, testimony to a desperate struggle onboard to escape death.  


Rescuers Recover 17 bodies, pick up 1,128 Migrants

An Irish navy ship recovered 17 dead bodies on Thursday when it went to the aid of migrants packed onto a wooden boat off the coast of Libya, Italy's coastguard said, marking another deadly day of attempted sea crossings. The LE James Joyce


12th Chesapeake Tug for Vane Brothers

Chesapeake Shipbuilding Delivers 12th Tug to Vane Brothers Photo Chesapeake

Chesapeake Shipbuilding Corp. of Salisbury, MD announced it has successfully delivered another ocean going tugboat to Vane Brothers of Baltimore, MD.   The boat, named Fort McHenry, marks the 12th tugboat that Chesapeake Shipbuilding has built for the maritime transportation company


General Dynamics Bags $19 Mln U.S.Navy Order

Electric Boat  Courtesy General Dynamics

General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded an $18.9 million contract modification for the continued development of the Virginia Payload Module (VPM). The funds will be used to procure two VPM pre-production setups to support the manufacturing start of the VPM payload tubes


Lake Assault Fireboat Assists with Foss Lake Wildfire

Photo courtesy of LVFB

A Lake Assault fireboat, owned and operated by the Lake Vermilion Fire Brigade, provided support for wildland firefighting efforts during the Foss Lake wildfire near Ely, Minn. earlier this spring.   The 33-foot craft was used to haul up to 20-person crews


Seacat Services Sends Freedom to Race Bank

Photo: Seacat Services

Seacat Freedom, the latest addition to Seacat Services’ 12-strong fleet, has been dispatched to DONG Energy’s Race Bank offshore wind project following the boat’s official naming ceremony at Seawork 2016. The deployment comes as part of the two year


Marsol Launching Rhino Craft in Dubai, Abu Dhabi

Photo: Rhino Craft

Marsol International, a UAE-based global marine solutions provider focused on the offshore oil terminal market and related infrastructure, will be launching and demonstrating its Rhino Craft 750 HDPE vessel at exclusive events in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.  


Man Rescued near Grays Harbor, WA

A Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor crew aboard a 29-foot Response Boat-Small II rescues a man who was swept out to sea while wading in the water near the Grays Harbor north jetty at Ocean Shores, Wash., July 17, 2016.The man was taken back to Station Grays Harbor where he was met by local emergency medical services for further medical care. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor.

A Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor crew aboard a 29-foot Response Boat-Small II rescued a man who was swept out to sea while wading in the water near the Grays Harbor north jetty at Ocean Shores, Washington, Sunday. The man, in his early twenties


AFMA Moves to Strengthen Seabird Safety

A BIRD BAFFLER HAS BEEN DESIGNED TO DETER SEABIRDS FROM FORAGING IN BETWEEN THE STERN OF THE VESSEL AND WHERE THE WARPS ENTER THE WATER Photo AFMA

Being followed by an albatross is considered to bring good luck to mariners but the birds themselves aren’t always so lucky when trying to pick up a free feed from fishing boats. To better protect seabirds from fishing gear, AFMA has been working with the fishing industry to develop new






 
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