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Boatbuilding Booms as More Americans Take to the Water:

New data from The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) show 88 million Americans expected to take to U.S. waterways this summer. NMMA add that recreational boating in the U.S. has an annual economic value of $121-billion.  The industry’s rising tide supports 964,000 American jobs and 34,833 businesses, generates $40 billion in annual labor income and drives $83 billion in annual spending. 
 The NMMA, on behalf of the U.S. boating industry, released these findings as part of its annual U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract, a collection of data and analysis on the state of the U.S. recreational boating industry. Additional data highlights include:

 New Boat Sales Retail sales of new power and sailboats increased 10.7 percent in 2012 to 163,245, demonstrating a post-recession recovery for the industry. (Note that this number includes inboard, outboard, sterndrive, jet and sail boats). New powerboat (inboard, outboard, sterndrive and jet boat) sales increased 10 percent to 157,300 in 2012. New sailboat sales increased 29.2 percent to 5,945 in 2012 Trends Small fiberglass and aluminum outboard boats 26 feet or less in size, continued their upward climb with an 11.3 percent increase in the number of new boats sold. Outboard boats are the most popular type of new powerboat sold, making up approximately 82 percent of the market.


New Deep Impact Boats for Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show

Deep Impact 399 Model: Image credit Deep Impact Boats

US-based Deep Impact Boats will exhibit over 6 new, custom built boats, at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show. Deep Impact will have a total of 7 boats inside the convention center including:  399 Deep Blue with powerful quad engines and an oversized t-top, a 360 Open in a luxurious Ferrari red with forward sunbed, the new 330LS silver, black and orange the sportiest yacht tender around, a redesigned 330TE, a 399 Open blue and tan


Chuan Hup Unit Secures Patrol Boat Contract

Chuan Hup Holdings Ltd.'s joint venture company Asia-Pac Geraldton Pte Ltd. secured a $11.9 million contract to build seven high-speed patrol boats for the Singapore Police Force (Coast Guard). The company had previously secured a $29.7 million contract to build 18 patrol boats and two command boats for the Singapore police in September 1997, with an option to buy up to another 21 boats. The police force has now exercised its option to buy another seven patrol boats


Bullfrog Delivers Rescue Boat

Bullfrog Boats delivered a 17-ft. rescue boat to Camano Island Fire and Rescue. Craig Henderson, owner of Bullfrog Boats said, “The people at Camano Island Fire and Rescue were great to work with in developing this mission-specific rescue boat. This boat replaces an older inflatable that had outlived its usefulness.” Henderson continued, “Our 17-foot aluminum-hulled boat, with Bullfrog’s patented foam-filled flotation collar, is a very durable


Contracts Awarded: Response Boat–Small Replacement Project

Legacy 25’ Defender Class RB-S. USCG photo by PA2 Andy Kendrick

On February 4, 2011, the U.S. Coast Guard awarded two fixed price Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts to begin replacement of the current Response Boat-Small (RB-S) fleet, which is nearing the end of its ten-year service life.  The contracts were awarded to Metal Shark Aluminum Boats of Jeanerette, La., and SAFE Boats International of Port Orchard, Wash.  Under the terms of the contract, each builder will produce a minimum of one boat


Boat Beacon App Now Android Capable

Image credit Pocket Mariner

Boat Beacon App, for smartphones & tablets now on Android following its success on iPhone; improves safety at sea for boaters. Mariners can now use their Android devices to keep a watch on nearby boats along busy coastlines while enabling other boatsto follow their current location using Boat Beacon Maps and Global Marine AIS systems. The Boat Beacon app, developed by a skipper for other skippers, does not require an external AIS receiver or transponder equipment and provides


Graham Gulf Grows with Jets

Project manager Larry Smith is excited about the latest crew boat built at C&G Boat Works' Mobile shipyard for sister company Graham Gulf. Larry started working with owner Janson Graham's grandfather 32 years ago and takes a kind a family interest in each new boat, but this one, the Graham Honor, is the company's first jet. "It allows a flatter hull," explains Smith, "With only about 1.5 ft. of taper from the deadrise of the bow's entry to the nearly flat stern


Navy Fleet Survey Team Receives New Boats

By Shannon Breland, Naval Oceanographic Office Public Affairs Fleet Survey Team (FST) took delivery of two 9-m SAFE Boat Defender-class survey boats on March 4. This delivery triples FST's organic boat inventory of C 130-deployable platforms. "These boats usher in a new and exciting era of FST surveying that will undoubtedly provide critical hydrographic information to the fleet for many years to come," said FST Commanding Officer Cmdr. Brian Connon.


USCG Stresses Importance of Free Vessel Safety Checks

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  As National Safe Boating Week continues, the Coast Guard 9th District is reminding boaters Sunday to get a free vessel safety check from the Coast Guard Auxiliary before going out onto the lakes this boating season. The Coast Guard Auxiliary is an all-volunteer force that keeps the nation’s waterways safer and more secure by providing vessel safety checks and boating education courses. The Coast Guard recommends that all recreational boaters


Esvagt Makes Vestdavit MissionEase First Choice for Mission Bay

Unique MissionEase multi-boat handling solution (Photo: Vestdavit)

Norway-based boat system and davit-handling specialist Vestdavit has secured a breakthrough order for its unique MissionEase multi-boat handling solution for mission bays, under contract to offshore support vessel owner Esvagt. Multi-boat handling on the high seas will be a defining characteristic of flexibility for offshore ships in the years ahead, according to Vestdavit, and MissionEase’s fast and safe solution for transferring boats between storage and davit is expected to


Record Number of Boat Migrants Reach Italy This Year

 A record number of migrants have reached Italy by boat from North Africa in 2016, according to official data, as pressure on Italy's shelter and asylum systems grows.   Italy has borne the brunt of new arrivals since the implementation in March of an agreement between the European


Volvo Penta for Virginia Pilots Boats

Volvo Penta IPS leads the way forward Photo Volvo Penta

The new boat being built for the Virginia Pilots Association joins the increasing number of pilot boats powered by Volvo Penta IPS. The 55-ft. vessel, designed by C. Raymond Hunt Associates and built by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, will run on twin D13 900 hp U.S


Oscar B: Power in the River Currants

Oscar B (Photo: Cummins)

Since 1925 there has been some form of car ferry crossing of the lower Columbia River from Puget Island on the Washington side to Westport Slough on the Oregon side. In 1959 Wahkiakum County took over operation of the ferry and in 1962 had a steel-hulled ferry, named for the county


James Murray Joins Gulfstream Shipbuilding Management Team

James Murray (Photo: Gulfsteam Shipbuilding)

Gulfstream Shipbuilding welcomes James Murray, a second generation boat builder and operator/owner, to the Sales Management Team. James is the son of Jim Murray, who originally opened the shipyard 35 years ago as Freeport Shipbuilding.  James built a variety of custom boats at the shipyard


Cargo Ship Runs Aground off US East Coast

North Carolina’s Beaufort Inlet Channel has been temporarily closed Thursday after a 590-foot cargo ship ran aground between buoys 16 and 17 in the channel.   Watchstanders at U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received a call via landline at 1:15 p.m


Sea Tow Presents Franchise Awards

Sea Tow Rookie of the Year (Photo: Sea Tow Services)

Sea Tow Services International, Inc., a professional on-water assistance provider, honored members of its national network for outstanding customer service and dedication to boating safety at the Sea Tow Awards Luncheon held on November 17.


Metal Shark to Expand its Franklin Shipyard

Photo: Metal Shark

Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark has announced an expansion project now underway at its waterfront shipbuilding complex in Franklin, La.   To accommodate increased production needs, Metal Shark is erecting a fully-enclosed 200’ x 80’ large vessel assembly building to


US Boat Yard Fined for Dumping Wastewater

Photo: Billings Diesel and Marine

Billings Diesel and Marine Services, Inc. has reached a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) after the boat yard allegedly violated the Clean Water Act by discharging wastewater without authorization.   According to the EPA’s allegations


ASIS Boats Delivers High-speed Passenger RIB

Photo: ASIS Boats

Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) builder ASIS Boats has built and delivered the first of a fleet of 12-meter all weather passenger transport professional RIBs.   The intended use of these RIB Boats will be to transport safely up to 23 passengers from main land to islands, daily and continuously


‘The Best Kept Secret in Shipbuilding’

Caring for the Great Lakes fleet: during the winter months is a core business for Bay Shipbuilding Company. Pictured, the 2015 Winter Fleet. (Photo: Bay Shipbuilding)

In 2009, Italian shipbuilding giant Fincantieri S.p.A, purchased the assets of the Manitowoc Marine Group; which included Bay Shipbuilding Company. Located in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., Bay Shipbuilding was the “feather in the cap” with their long history in U.S


As Operators Look for the Bottom, Gulf Gloom Persists

Credit: Yesenia Rodriguez

Gulf of Mexico vessel operators want to see sustained, higher oil prices. After a rough two years, supply boat owners and operators in the Gulf of Mexico hope crude oil prices will improve in 2017. That would encourage activity among the offshore drillers that they service and would put


Indian Master Receives 2016 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea

Captain Radhika Menon, Master of the oil products tanker Sampurna Swarajya, received the 2016 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea for the rescue of severn fishermen during a severe storm. Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

 The Master of an oil tanker who says she was “just doing her job” has received the highest International Maritime Organization (IMO)  bravery recognition for saving the lives of seven fishermen from a sinking fishing boat during a tumultuous storm in the Bay of Bengal in


A Passenger Vessel with a Megayacht Design

Image: judel/vrolijk & co – design

 Cruising on pleasure boats goes back a long way on the large lakes of Central Europe. There has been a so-called White Fleet in Switzerland for more than 175 years. Now, the Lake Lucerne Navigation Company’s (SGV) latest generation of passenger boats has the countenance of a superyacht


Horizon Towboat for Florida Marine

The nineteenth vessel delivered to FMT  Photo Horizon Shipbuilding

Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc. of Bayou La Batre, Alabama has delivered the M/V A.B. York, a 120’ towboat, to its longtime customer Florida Marine Transporters (FMT).This is the nineteenth vessel delivered to FMT by Horizon and the ninth 120’ towboat.


Tersan Shipyard Orders Deck Equipment

Courtesy PALFINGER MARINE

PALFINGER MARINE and Harding Safety recently signed a contract to provide lifesaving equipment and cranes for two fishing vessels being built in Tersan Shipyard. Each vessel will be equipped with two PALFINGER MARINE knuckle boom cranes, one A-frame fast rescue boat davit, and one fast rescue boat






 
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