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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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Hann Launches New 32' Catamaran


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

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.  

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

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.

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.

Tuco Debuts New Dive and ROV Support Boats

Image: Tuco Marine

Denmark’s Tuco Marine has revealed its new dive support and ROV Support boat designs. The two new vessels complement the designer’s range of ProZero workboats and daughter crafts and are dedicated the dive and ROV markets.   

Willard to Build 3 Survey Ships for NOAA

Image: Willard Marine

NOAA awards shipbuilding contract to Willard Marine for the construction of three aluminum survey vessels   Willard Marine informs it was awarded a contract to provide the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) with three aluminum hydrographic survey launch ships (HSLs).

CG Sets Port Condition Whiskey in Preparation for Hurricane Joaquin

The Coast Guard set Port Condition Whiskey Wednesday for all navigable waters in the North Carolina Captain of the Port Zone in preparation for the anticipated weather impact of Hurricane Joaquin. Gale-force winds of 39 mph are predicted to reach Frying Pan Shoals Lighted Buoy 16 (LLNR 8355)

Weapons Bound for Yemen Seized on Iranian Boat

Saudi-led coalition forces said on Wednesday they had seized an Iranian fishing boat loaded with weapons on its way to deliver them to Houthi fighters in Yemen.   The announcement came a day after tribal fighters backed by the coalition won control of a strategic dam in central Yemen from

Steel Processing for largest Sail Boat Begins

  Processing of steel for Hull 483 started on sheet-cutting machine in Shipbuilding Industry Split on 22 September 2015. It is the largest square-rigged ship contracted for a Monaco buyer, the company Star Clippers Ltd. It will be 162 meters long and 18

Kooiman BV Contracts for Survey, Life-Extension of SWATH

Photo: Kooiman

The Dutch Pilotage Service contracted with Kooiman BV for a major maintenance survey and life-extension of its SWATH vessel Cetus en Persues. The SWATH, a catamaran vessel measuring 25.7 x 14.3 x 2.7m was built in 2005.   Combined with regular special survey

Boatbuilding Gone Bad

Joe Hudspeth

Owners, designers, builders and the crew can collaborate in a meaningful way to ensure that the delivered product meets everyone’s expectations. You can get there from here. We have all gone aboard or below decks on vessels and looked around with a myriad of instantaneous questions forming

GOST Marine Security Video Recording Device

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GOST (Global Ocean Security Technologies) released its next generation security video solution, the GOST Watch HD Internet Video Recorder (IVR). The new video recording system features a four terabyte hard drive – designed to capture and store video on a modern yacht – that is capable

Dubai's Topaz Buys Two Ships

Courtesy Topaz Energy and Marine

  Dubai's Topaz Energy and Marine, a unit of Muscat-listed Renaissance Services, has bought two ships from Norwegian boat yard Vard Brattvaag for about $115 million, the Omani parent firm said on Sunday. The two vessels will be delivered in the second half of 2017

Volvo Penta Wins NMMA's CSI Award

Ron Huibers, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) this week presented the 12th consecutive Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) award to Volvo Penta recognizing excellence in customer satisfaction in marine sterndrive engines.   The CSI award is based on an independent survey of over 50

CFD to Assess SSP’s Crew Boat Docking Tunnel

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MARIN combined CFD with fast-time simulations and intensive testing on its bridge simulator to explore the full potential of the new SSP HUB. To save on costly helicopter crew transport, SSP Offshore took a good look at its SSP Plus design and decided to add a large crew boat docking tunnel

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