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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

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

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

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)

Non-Lethall Weapon to Stop Small Boats


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

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

Recreation Down Deep On Show at FLIBS 2013

FLIBS: Photo credit Forest Johnson Photography

From personal submarines and motorized surfboards to megayachts and boats for every budget, the 54th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show® (FLIBS) has them all. Covering six locations and featuring everything from astonishing super-yachts and extravagant toys to boats for every budget, the world's largest in-water boat show takes place this year from Oct. 31st through Nov. 4th, 2013. The 54th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show® features new enhancements for

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.  

General Dynamics Christens Illinois (SSN 786)

First Lady Michelle Obama, the sponsor for submarine Illinois, approves the weld of her initials, which is now permanently affixed in the ship.

  Today, General Dynamics Electric Boat christened the Illinois (SSN 786), the 13th submarine of the U.S. Navy's Virginia Class. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). The Saturday morning christening ceremony took place at Electric Boat's Groton

Michelle Obama Christens Navy's New Submarine

First Lady Michelle Obama, the sponsor for submarine Illinois, approves the weld of her initials, which is now permanently affixed in the ship. (Photo: General Dynamics Electric Boat)

USS Illinois (SSN 786), the 13th submarine of the U.S. Navy’s Virginia Class, was christened Saturday at builder General Dynamics Electric Boat’s Groton shipyard.   The ship’s sponsor, First Lady Michelle Obama, christened the ship by breaking a bottle of Illinois

NYK Joanna Rescues Fishermen off Philippines Coast

Photo Courtesy NYK

  On October 3, NYK Joanna, a containership operated by NYK, rescued seven fishermen in distress off the coast of the Philippines. While the NYK vessel was sailing on October 3 from Vungtau, Vietnam, to Tokyo, Japan, the ship’s crew discovered the fishermen drifting off the coast

New Boat Delivered to Tampa Bay Pilots

Photo: Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding

The Tampa Bay pilot association has taken delivery of its second Chesapeake Class launch and the first in a new generation of Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding’s mid-size pilot boats, the boat builder announced today.   Since the Chesapeake Class pilot boat was introduced by the Somerset

Vehicle Aboard Charleviox Ferry Catches Fire

A vehicle burns aboard the passenger vessel Charlevoix, a 50-foot, four-car cable ferry, while the vessel is moored in Ironton, Michigan, on Lake Charlevoix Oct. 2, 2015.

  The crew of U.S. Coast Guard Station Charlevoix and Boyne City, Michigan, Fire Department responded to a fire aboard a Charlevoix ferry Friday afternoon on Lake Charlevoix. All passengers and crew were safely escorted off the vessel with no reported injuries.

USCG Urge Caution Ahead of Hurricane Joaquin


  The Coast Guard urges the public Thursday to use extreme caution and to prepare for the onset of heavy weather, extreme sea conditions, storm surge and high surf throughout the Mid Atlantic region as Hurricane Joaquin approaches the coast.

Fiji: Boats Registeration a Must

Photo by Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji

 Under new maritime laws all vessels and boats using Fiji waters have to abide by the rules and regulations under the Marine Transport Decree, reports FBC   Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) will issue with an infringement notice to any vessel or boat that is not registered with

Michelle Obama to Christen Navy's Newest Submarine

First Lady Michelle Obama

U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama will join builder General Dynamics Electric Boat, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, in christening Illinois (SSN-786), the U.S. Navy’s newest nuclear attack submarine, at an invitation-only ceremony Saturday, October 10.  

Overturned Boat Kills Thousands of Cattle

Thousands of cattle owned by beef producer Minerva SA are thought to have died when a boat leaving a port in northern Brazil overturned, the company and Williams Shipping Agents said on Tuesday.   Minerva said in a securities filing that a ship transporting its cattle had tipped over after

USCG Completes Investigation into Ship Channel Death

The U.S. Coast Guard has completed its investigation into an incident in which a Mexican national was killed after being struck and by a patrol boat in the Brownsville Ship Channel in April.   The mishap investigation found that the female migrant was unintentionally struck by a patrolling

Willard Unveils New RHIB in Australia

Photo: Willard Marine

Willard Marine, Inc. unveiled its new SEA FORCE 777 this week at the Pacific International Maritime Exposition in Sydney, Australia.   The military-grade, fiberglass, rigid hull inflatable boat (RHIB) is 7.77-meters long, 2.74-meters wide and designed with a deep-V hull

PYI Debuts KiwiGrip Nonskid Deck Coating System

KiwiGrip is currently available worldwide through various distribution channels

  PYI, a premier manufacturer and distributor of high-quality marine, boat, yacht, and shipping equipment and supplies, announced today that it is the provider of the KiwiGrip Nonskid Deck Coating System worldwide. Providing a beautiful, high-traction surface, KiwiGrip is a revolutionary

Mercury Marine, FPT Partner for Diesel Engine Launch

Mercury Marine informs it has signed a supply agreement with FPT Industrial to make the FPT 6.7L mechanically fuel injected NEF engines available for sale in global markets.   Martin Bass, Mercury Marine vice president of global category management, said

Captain of Ill-fated El Faro was Known as Trusted Mariner

El Faro (File photo: TOTE)

The captain of the ill-fated cargo ship that sank in a hurricane off the Bahamas with no survivors last week was an experienced and highly trusted mariner who had spent a lifetime on the water, friends and colleagues said.   The captain of El Faro, Michael Davidson of Windham, Maine

Cutter Diligence to Return


  The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Diligence is scheduled to return to their homeport in Wilmington Saturday following a 45-day patrol in the Caribbean Sea. During their patrol, the Diligence crew conducted search and rescue operations off the west coast of Cuba and conducted drug

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