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Recreational Boating: a $121-billion Economic Driver for U.S.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), announced 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 today 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% in 2012 to 163,245, demonstrating a post-recession recovery for the industry. -New powerboat sales increased 10% to 157,300 in 2012. -New sailboat sales increased 29.2% 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% increase in the number of new boats sold. Outboard boats are the most popular type of new powerboat sold, making up approximately 82% of the market. -Ski and wakeboard boats are seeing healthy growth with an increase of 13.4% new boats sold in 2012. -Jet boats, which are small fiberglass boats less than 26 feet in length, are a growing category. Of the 157,300 new powerboats sold in 2012, 4,500 were jet boats. New jet boat sales increased 36.4% in 2012. What’s Ahead


Boat Industry 2012 Growth Forecast 'Robust'

The global recreational boat market is expected to witness high growth during 2012 according to a recent Lucintel report According to the Lucintel report the market is expected to witness a CAGR of 8.5% over the next five years and grow to $30.63 billion in 2017. Inboard and sterndrive boats are expected to have the highest market share in 2012 and continue to lead through 2017. In terms of ranking, the US ranks first, followed by Italy, the UK, Germany


Manitowac to Build Coast Guard Response Boats

The Coast Guard has selected the Manitowoc Group to build one of three Response Boat -- Medium (RB-M) test boats. These boats are the first of a class of vessels that will replace the Coast Guard's aging fleet of 41-foot Utility Boats, which have been the workhorse of coastal stations for the past 25 years. The Coast Guard is pursuing the RB-M project using a two-phase competitive process. Three vendors were selected based on their written proposals to produce a test boat of their design


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


Autotether Wireless Kill Switch

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Unlike traditional lanyards that come standard with boats and require the operator to be tethered to the boat, the patented Autotether kill switch is an easy-to-install, unobtrusive wireless unit. No wiring or tools are required – the system clips to the boat ignition switch and is self-powered with AAA batteries. Operating via transmitter that sends radio waves to a receiver connected to a boat’s engine, Autotether shuts off the engine if the boat operator falls into the water


Tug Boat, Barge, Guide Against Piracy Published

Image courtesy of ReCAAP ISC & IFC

ReCAAP ISC and Information Fusion Centre (IFC)  have jointly published a Tug Boats and Barges Guide (TaB) against piracy and sea robbey. The purpose of this guide is to capture tips, guidelines, reporting procedures and contact details for tug boat owners, operators and crew in avoiding hijacking and robbery onboard tug boats and barges. The guide contains inputs and experience of tug boat owners, operators and masters whose vessels had been robbed or hijacked; and modus operandi of


Repowering a Head Boat With Cummins QSK19s

The years just prior to the early 1980s collapse in the Gulf of Mexico oil industry saw the building of a large number of crew boats in the 110-ft. range. While a number of these boats remain in the Gulf, many have found their way to other coasts and other applications. In Charleston, S.C., Stuart Reeves has converted two of the vintage vessels to "head boats" to take groups of sport fishermen out into the Atlantic Ocean for 11-hour trips


Crewboats More Size, Weight And Power

In recent years the demand for large crew boats has continued to grow in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico and has increased in some foreign markets, such as West Africa and Mexico. As their size has grown, so has the horsepower employed by these boats as customers demand greater load capacities and greater speed. "The trend in the 170-ft. (51.8 m) class of boats is to more power and faster speeds," affirms Swiftships' A.J. Blanchard, at the Morgan City yard


Hann Launches New 32' Catamaran

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Hann Powerboats, Inc., Sarasota, Florida, announces the launch of its new Blue Lightning 32 Catamaran by Hann.   The new addition to the Hann Powerboats line of center console boats continues the tradition of fast, fuel efficient, stable hull designs. The new catamaran has a 10 foot 2 inch beam, with a LOA of 32 feet. It draws 23 inches and comes standard with twin Mercury Optimax 300 HP engines. In its initial sea trails the boat showed a top speed of 73


Counter-Piracy Tugboat & Barge Guide

ReCAAP issue 'Tug Boats & Barge' guide to help owners, operators and crew stay safe from hijacking and piracy. The guide contains inputs and experience of tug boat owners, operators and masters whose vessels had been robbed or hijacked; and modus operandi of the robbers and hijackers.  In planning a passage, the guide highlights the responsibilities of the ship owner, ship master and crew at the various phases: the pre-sailing, sailing and post incident reporting/follow-up phases


Dales Marine Fills Its Scotland Docks

Photo: Dales Marine

Ship repair and specialist fabrication firm Dales Marine reports a first time achievement as all of its seven docks around Scotland are full for the first time today.   Dales Marine’s docks are filled with vessels ranging from offshore supply vessels to ferries


Danish Pleasure Craft Safety Board Gets A New Head

Jan Thorn

  From 1 February 2015 a new chairman will head the Danish Pleasure Craft Safety Board. The new incumbent is Jan Thorn, who is in his everyday work Director of the Danish Maritime Authority’s division “Aids to Navigation” that is striving to enhance safety at sea for


RUMBA Sails with 'Spirit of Malabo' Onboard

Antillean Marine Shipping Corporation Puts Rower Back On Course

  A container carrying the twenty-four foot Brazilian built ocean rowboat, Spirit of Malabo, left the Port of Cap Haitian on Saturday en-route to Port Everglades Terminals (PET) in Florida aboard Antillean Marine Shipping Corporation vessel RUMBA.


InterMoor Completes Juniper Mooring Installation Contract

Photo courtesy of InterMoor

InterMoor has completed a mooring and foundation installation campaign for bpTT’s Juniper gas project offshore Trinidad and Tobago, reportedly the largest foundation installation campaign offshore Trinidad and Tobago to date.   InterMoor provided engineering and design services to


22 Dead as Tug Capsizes in Eastern China

A total of 22 people were confirmed dead after a tugboat with 25 onboard sank on the Yangtze River in east China's Jiangsu Province on Thursday afternoon. Rescuers found the body of the last missing person in the tug's cockpit at around 2pm Chinese Time according to the Jiangsu Maritime Safety


21 dead, 1 missing after tug sinks in Yangtze

Tug boat tragedy

  Chinese authorities have confirmed that 21 people were killed and one is still missing after a tug boat undergoing sea trials sank in the Yangtze River, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday. The boat had 25 people on board when it sank on Thursday and three were rescued


Kvichak Delivers Two Vessels to Tymac

Photo courtesy of Kvichak Marine

Kvichak Marine delivered two all-aluminum 36.6’ Crew / Pilot Boats to Tymac Launch Service, Ltd. of British Columbia, Canada.   The vessels were designed by Kvichak for the specific use of transporting 12 or fewer passengers for BC coast pilots, government officials


Nichols Brothers to Build Vessel for American Samoa

Image: Nichols Brothers Boat Builders

Ice Floe, LLC dba Nichols Brothers Boat Builders (NBBB) has been contracted by the Government of American Samoa to build a multipurpose vessel to operate in the warm waters of the South Pacific primarily between Pago Pago and the Manu’a Islands


Seakeeper Poised for Growth in 2015

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Seakeeper reported record growth in 2014, noting that it is poised to continue the momentum through 2015 Shipments of gyros increased 46% over 2013 as more boat manufacturers added Seakeeper as standard and optional equipment on new builds. A sizable portion of its sales also came from refits


Lougheed Joins Willard’s Engineering Team

Mark Lougheed (Photo courtesy of Willard Marine)

Willard Marine, Inc. has appointed Mark Lougheed to its engineering team.   Lougheed brings more than 25 years of experience in naval engineering and project management to Willard Marine. Lougheed was most recently at Coast Dynamics Group as an Engineering Project Leader developing


India, Sri Lanka Exchange Fishermen at Maritime Border

Picture: Indian Coast Guard

 Sri Lanka and India exchanged the fishermen who were detained in each other's jails for trespassing into their territorial waters.  A total of 15 Indian fishermen, who were in the custody of Sri Lankan authorities, reached Karaikal


Malta Rescues 80 Migrants, 20 Feared Dead

A Maltese patrol boat rescued about 80 migrants in a drifting dinghy off the island early on Thursday, but another 20 people were feared to have perished. Along with southern Italy, Malta is one of the main points of arrival for migrants attempting the crossing from North Africa into Europe.


Vane Brothers Orders Two Tugs from Chesapeake

Sister ship to Hull 123 and 124 (Photo courtesy of Chesapeake Shipbuilding)

Chesapeake Shipbuilding has signed a contract with Vane Brothers to build two new tugs, marking the 13th and 14th tugs that Chesapeake will have built for Vane Brothers in the last several years. The two new tugs will fit into Chesapeake’s existing order book


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


Towing Vessel Sinks off Oahu

Coast Guard crew members stand with 11 survivors of the Tug Nalani at Coast Guard Station Honolulu. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Kevin Cooper)

A 95-foot towing vessel, Nalani, sank approximately two and half miles west of Barbers Point Harbor, Oahu, Thursday, the U.S. (USCG) Coast Guard reported. The 11 people on board Nalani were rescued safely.   The pilot aboard the sinking towing vessel placed a call at 3:13 p.m






 
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