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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Boat Building News

World's largest solar boat | Philadelphia Inquirer | 02/27/2010
Philadelphia Inquirer (blog)
The boat -- named PlanetSolar -- was unveiled Thursday at the Knierim Yachtbau shipyard in Kiel, Germany. It took 13 months to build this sleek and snazzy ...

Texas widow, sailboat's maker reach settlement
Dallas Morning News
Cape Fear Yacht Works has agreed to pay Linda Stone and her two children $375000 in the next three years, according to a Saturday story in the Galveston .

Wife of carpenter accused of bank robbery talks about life since his arrest
Peninsula Daily
Michael, a graduate of the Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building in Port Hadlock, worked outside jobs to bring in money until the 40-acre commercial farm ...

Old ways pressured by modernity
Boat builders across the country say they are dealing with the decline in demand for wooden boats by shifting towards new materials that are lighter and ...

Friday, February 26, 2010

Boat Building News

Award-winning boat builder moves to Maine
By BEVERLEY WARE South Shore Bureau An award-winning boat-building company has left Lunenburg County and moved to Maine, putting its local shop on the ..

S2 Yachts founder to speak
He started over in 1974, building sailboats under the name S2 Yachts. Within 10 years, S2 was one of the top five sailboat manufacturers in the United ...

Yacht maker Four Winns gets $27.1 million in tax credits to hire 2,320 workers in Cadillac
The Grand Rapids Press Thu, 25 Feb 2010 12:25 PM PST
The city of Cadillac also is considering an abatement for the company.

Boat Company Moving to Northern Michigan
9&10 News
Glastron Boats plans to move in with Four Winns in Cadillac in the next six months. Both companies were acquired by Platinum Equity in California earlier ...

New figures show increasing numbers of people choosing boating and watersports in 2009
Royal Yachting Association Fri, 26 Feb 2010 07:08 AM PST
The number of participants taking part in boating, watersports and water based leisure activities has increased from the previous year, according to a new report commissioned by the British Marine Federation (BMF) Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), Royal Yachting Association (RYA) and sponsored by 

Sailor turns boat building hobby into profession
Macclesfield Express Fri, 26 Feb 2010 04:32 AM PST
A sailing enthusiast who gave up his job to follow his dream is celebrating after making his 50th boat.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Boat Building News

Yacht Lecture Series
The International Yacht Restoration School lecture series begins with Lloyd McCaffery, one of the world's leading marine model artists as he kicks off a ...

EVENT HIGHLIGHT: Croatia hosts annual Zagreb boat and sports fair in key SE ... Business News
Also on the agenda in the five-day trade fair are a special display by the Croatian Boat Production Association and Boatbuilding Cluster, a panel debate on ...

Miami – spearhead of an industry recovery?
Power Boat - World
Another attraction similar to one staged at the Sydney International Boat Show is the 'Kids Aboard Boatbuilding Workshop'. Youngsters are invited to assist ...

It's Time To Start Thinking About The Future - Let FMS Help!
Falmouth People
Staff will be on hand to offer advice and guidance on courses and qualifications in Boatbuilding, Leisure & Watersports, Marine Engineering and Marine ...

Sink or float, the fun is in building the boat
Fort Worth Star Telegram
Before setting sail at River Legacy Foundation's 21st annual Cardboard Boat Regatta, participants can come to Boat Building School to learn creative ways to 

Boating writers awards handed out
By (Mike Trocchi)
The awards were handed out at the Miami International Boat Show, and all winners move into a second phase of the competition, which culminates in a single selection honored with a "Grand Prize Writer's Award" and four-figure cash prize 

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Monday, February 22, 2010

Boat Building News

History in the remaking
They hope to teach the craft of boatbuilding and the art of sailing, preserving history by passing it along as well as by restoring aging vessels. ...

Boat shop working to float historic craft
Seattle Post Intelligencer
The BoatShop opened in September, five years after voters agreed to a $3.5 million bond to purchase the 1.3-acre Eddon Boat site for historic,

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Boat Building News

From model boat sailing to clambering around a tall ship; from watching shipwrecks at work to cheering on community boat building teams, there is just so ...

My industry is sinking
Gold Coast Bulletin News
Boat building does not compare with the vehicle manufacturing sector, yet the industry employs thousands of skilled people, contributes hundreds of millions ...

Boat industry hopes worst of storm has ended -
Roanoke Times Thu, 18 Feb 2010 22:46 PM PST
Sales of new boats fell approximately 45 percent from 2007 through 2009. President Barack Obama has taken heat from some in the boating world for a recent remark he made when discussing fiscal responsibility. "You don't go buying a boat when you can barely pay your mortgage," Obama said at a town hall meeting in New Hampshire

Customer Satisfaction Across the Boating Industry on the Rise
Best of Boating (blog)
Despite challenging economic conditions, overall customer satisfaction and quality across the new-boat industry has increased considerably since 2008, ...

NMMA and BWI anounce Innovation Awards at 2010 Miami Boat Show
Power Boat - World
Ten marine manufacturers were honored for innovative achievement by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International ..

Business : Dubai Boat Show Seen to be Catalyst for ME Industry
Khaleej Times Sat, 20 Feb 2010 11:22 AM PST
DUBAI â The Dubai International Boat Show is set to inject life into the Middle East boating industry, according to one of the worldâs leading yacht designers.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Boat Building News

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Boat Building News

Yacht builder sets sail again after surviving storm of recession
By Philip Smith Redundant staff are being re-employed and cancelled orders re-activated at the Warwickshire-based luxury-yacht builder Pearl Motor Yachts. ...

South Florida boat show attendance falls, but sales rise
The Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach, which also ran from Feb. 11 to 15, featured a scaled-back lineup of boats as well, as many yachting companies ...

Captain Cook's Maritime Festival
Largs and Millport Weekly News
Millport is set to host its first international maritime festival later this year which will centre on boat building and attract interest from around the ...

Fraser Shipyards announces new projects
Superior Telegram
Korthals said the commitment from Obey encouraged the company to purchase a custom boat building business in Elk River, Minn. Lake Assault Custom Boats was ...

 Battered boating industry sees an upturn as Grand Rapids show launches
The Muskegon Chronicle Wed, 17 Feb 2010 00:14 AM PST
GRAND RAPIDS â Boat dealers have struggled to stay afloat in the economyâs choppy waters. Some, in fact, sank.Jim BromleyBut there are signs this year will finally be better, West Michigan dealers say.Theyâll be showcasing their newest offerings as well.

New maritime center anchors Port Townsend's downtown
Seattle Times
Two builders I spoke to had attended the nearby Port Hadlock Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding. The boat house is partly filled with racks of kayaks ..

Boatbuilding revival hits Acadian Peninsula
New Brunswick Business Journal
Jacques Dugas, left, Philip Boucher, centre, and Lucien Sonier all belong to the New Brunswick Boatbuilding Repair and Fabrication Centre, a new non-profit ...

Wooden Boat Festival of Geelong will be quite an eye-opener
Sail World (press release)
If that's not enough, check out the shore displays of boat building in action, clinker, carvel, etc. Rope making, timber dressing, treatments and painting. ...

Aluminum Boat Building program students get hands-on learning
Vancouver Island University's five month Aluminum Boat Building program gives students an excellent hands-on learning experience where they learn all ...

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Boat Building News

Tomorrow's Boatbuilders To Showcase Their Talents
New Zealand's best young boatbuilding talent will be on display on the Westhaven foreshore next Saturday, February 20. The young apprentices and high school ...

Detroit Boat Show Reports Upswing in Sales and Strong Interest in Boating
PR Newswire (press release)
... Capt'n Willie and the Kids Boating Clinic, Lego Boat Building Contest, Crack the Safe to win $25000 to spend at the show, free seminars, ..

2700-HP AMG Cigarette Racing Boat Is Officially Revealed
Inside Line
Mercedes AMG and Cigarette Racing unveiled their joint project, an AMG-inspired 46-foot Rider, at the Miami boat show. | February 16, 2010 | Mercedes-Benz ...

High-performance boat companies thrive in landlocked Kansas and ...
By admin
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- OK, be honest. When you think of the manufacturing base of high-performance runabout boats, cruisers or yachts, you think of Flori...
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Fraser Shipyards Expands Business
WDIO Duluth Tue, 16 Feb 2010 09:38 AM PST
Fraser Shipyards is expanding their Superior boat-building business. The company purchased Lake Assault Boats, which was based in Elk River. Now Fraser will be making mission-oriented boats for people around the country.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Boat Building News

Friends, family celebrate boat builder Curt Whiticar's 99th birthday
Stuart News (subscription)
Along with being a boat builder, Whiticar has become a celebrated painter in his later years. JENSEN BEACH — Long-time Stuart boat builder and painter Curt ...

Dennis Anderson: Crestliner says volatile boat biz takes on water
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Historically, Little Falls has been defined equally by boat building and the Mississippi River, on whose banks this central Minnesota town of about 8000 ...

Salthouse receivership puts 51 out of work
By Stephen Forbes - Western Leader Fifty-one people lost their jobs when Henderson-based boatbuilding firm Salthouse Marine was put into receivership last ...

Sea Ray(R) and MarineMax(R) Launch National Effort to Bring More Women into Boating
PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance Fri, 12 Feb 2010 10:45 AM PST
Sea Ray Boats announced the launch of its national initiative to get more women into boating at the Miami International Boat Show with a little help from friend Suze Orman. America's top financial expert took delivery of a new Sea Ray 280 Sundeckî from MarineMax and spoke about women and boating before sitting down to sign copies of her best-selling book, "Women & Money." 

Pupils get lessons in traditional boat-building
The Scotsman Fri, 12 Feb 2010 16:10 PM PST
PUPILS in Orkney are helping to keep alive a dying traditional skill by building their own boat. 

Library highlights local boat-building heritage
Nicholls Worth
Several pirogues, crafted locally, are on display in Ellender Memorial Library as part of a collection created to preserve Louisiana's boat-building ...

2010 US Ship & Boat Building Industry Report-Aarkstore Enterprise
PRMinds (press release)
Aarkstore announce a new report " 2010 US Ship & Boat Building Industry Report" through its vast collection of market reserach report. .

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Boat Building News

Bayliner Boats Brings Affordability Back to First-Time Boating With New Bowrider
PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance Wed, 10 Feb 2010 06:15 AM PST
Bayliner Boats, a brand of Brunswick Corporation , today announced its 160 OB bowrider, a re-invigoration of its entry-level boat offerings and the perfect way for individuals, couples or families to step into the exciting world of boating

Miami boat show banking on upside to sales
Sun-Sentinel Tue, 09 Feb 2010 16:32 PM PST
Sales at Miami boat show reflect national decline of 30 percent Boat dealers always say they're optimistic before a big boat show. And after two years of the worst new boat sales in recent history, this year that eternal optimism may be better founded. 

Recovery on the Horizon for Boating Industry
Leading up to one of the biggest boat shows of the year — the 2010 Miami International Boat Show — new boat sales appear to be up significantly from last ..

Little Falls boat plant will stay put
Brainerd Daily Dispatch
LITTLE FALLS - Keeping about 170 jobs and Larson Boat Co. in Little Falls was behind the cooperation of five lenders. Four central Minnesota lenders and the ...

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Boat Building News

Boating's economic impact steady
Florida Today Sat, 06 Feb 2010 23:57 PM PST
Like spending in other parts of the economy these days, the dollars generated by recreational boaters are about to go flat. But unlike battered sectors such as housing and retail, this boat's not about to sink

Fifty jobs go as Salthouse Marine closes
The Salthouse name has been part of New Zealand's boat building heritage for about 60 years. The family business was set up by brothers Bob and John ...

Trimmed down Miami International Boat Show looks for wind in its sales
Miami Herald Mon, 08 Feb 2010 06:27 AM PST
And after two years of the worst new boat sales in recent history, this year that eternal optimism m 

Signs of life in mega yacht market via Yahoo! Finance Mon, 08 Feb 2010 11:56 AM PST
The mega yacht business has been slow since the economy soured, but at least one luxury shipbuilder appears to be betting on a rebound.  

Chesapeake Light Craft Brings Build-Your-Own-Boat Classes to Port Townsend
Newswire Today (press release)
CLC ( has been teaching build-your-own-boat classes since 1994. Over the last 15 years, CLC boatbuilding classes have launched 900 boats and ...

Heart of Louisiana: wooden boat building
Ed also has boat building in his blood. It probably started with his great uncle Andrew Higgins. The New Orleanian that General Dwight Eisenhower credited ...

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Boat Building News

Meet the Design Team, Patrick Mazuay (FRA)
He then worked in a naval architect's office on yacht design and boatbuilding before moving into sailmaking and sail design. “When I was racing dinghies I ..

Fort Pierce boat builder hopes to make splash at Miami Boat Show
Vero Beach Press-Journal (subscription)
At Pier 5 at Sea Isle Marina, Discover Sailing will offer free half-hour sailboat rides on Biscayne Bay with a skipper. Visitors to the Guy Harvey Artist ...

Boatbuilders celebrate biggest contract
Norwich Evening News
A family-run Broads boatbuilding and repairs firm has defied choppy economic waters by landing the biggest contract in its 32-year history. ...

Chesapeake Light Craft Expands Schedule of Popular Build-Your-Own-Boat Classes
Newswire Today (press release)
Over the last 15 years, CLC boatbuilding classes have launched 900 boats and introduced more than a thousand students to the joys of boatbuilding. ...

Gov. Jennifer Granholm visits wind turbine factory Energetx in Holland
His family's S2 Yachts Inc. boat-building business recently diversified into wind energy with the creation of Energetx Composites LLC. ...

Ameracat expands Fort Pierce boat-building business (formerly ...
By Afishinado
In todays Stuart News Despite troubling economy, Ameracat expands Fort Pierce boat-building business FORT PIERCE — February 2009 was not a month that.

R.I. artist recreates designs of a master boat-builder
Boston Globe Sat, 06 Feb 2010 23:12 PM PST
Nathanael Greene Herreshoff was one of the worldâs preeminent boat-builders at the turn of the 20th century, crafting innovative yachts that dominated the Americaâs Cup sailing competition for decades.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Boat Building News

Bill important for all Colorado rafting businesses
KOAA Colorado Springs - Pueblo Wed, 03 Feb 2010 16:08 PM PST
Raft vendors from around the state are in Pueblo this week for a convention and trade show. This members only event runs Thursday at the Pueblo Convention Center. There are more than 50 vendors selling everything from the basics, such as sun screen and life vests, to new rafting tools. But, the big focus for the convention is House Bill 1188 dealing with rafting liability issues. The Chairman of ..

Blaze destroys shop, yachts in Northumberland
The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star Wed, 03 Feb 2010 21:58 PM PST
BURGESS --Members of a venerable Northern Neck boat-building family said yesterday they hope to get back into business as soon as possible after a fire destroyed a large shop and three yachts inside. No one was injured in Tuesday's fire, but 12 employees of Tiffany Yachts Inc. in Northumberland County have been laid off temporarily, said T. Randolph Cockrell Jr., president of the business that ...

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Boat Building News Is Marine Industrys First All-Encompassing Social Network
PitchEngine Tue, 02 Feb 2010 08:58 AM PST
Hartford, CT is a private online network think Facebook meets LinkedIn for recreational boaters and marine professionals only. It is the first online network in the marine industry to successfully merge both boater and boat business into one vast international community. This new effect creates a unique and enormous opportunity for both sides of the marine market to communicate ..

Flames Rip Through Virginia Yacht Business
NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY - A yacht business in the Northern Neck is badly damaged by fire that resulted from what witnesses are calling an explosion. ...

Boat builders seeing signs of rebound, begin hiring
Press of Atlantic City
Viking Yacht Co., in Bass River Township, “had a good run of people buying boats” from an October Florida show through December, with about 15 boats sold, ...

Hatteras' Naumann retires (again)
New Bern Sun Journal
Hatteras Yachts and Cabo Yachts chairman Bill Naumann of New Bern has resigned his post effective Feb. 19 to “recapture” his retirement. ...

Merger aids city boat plant
Fort Wayne Journal Gazette
Brunswick Corp. is closing a boat-building plant in Little Falls, Minn., and moving some production to a plant in Fort Wayne, the company announced Tuesday. ...

Good news for New York Mills — Lund Boats brings on Crestliner production
Good news for New York Mills traveled quickly from the Lund Boat plant and into the community Tuesday morning. NEW YORK MILLS — Dirk Hyde, president of Lund ...

California firm buys Four Winns
Traverse City Record-Eagle Wed, 03 Feb 2010 05:16 AM PST
A California-based private equity firm is the new owner of Four Winns boat building plant. The company confirmed Tuesday that it's been acquired by Platinum Equity LLC.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Boat Building News

World traveler, rock of stability
ENC Today
The 66-year-old has taught boatbuilding at the college for 25 years. In his workshop, he teaches students to build their own sailboats, canoes, ...

Genmar Completes Asset Sales
PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance Tue, 02 Feb 2010 06:00 AM PST
Genmar Holdings, Inc. today announced that it closed on the sale of its remaining boating-related assets including Ranger, Stratos, Champion, Wellcraft, Four Winns, Larson, and Glastron, as well as a number of manufacturing facilities and certain other non-core assets. Ã Platinum Equity of Beverly Hills, California acquired the assets following an auction process conducted by Houlihan, Lokey ...  

Brunswick to close Minnesota plant, cut some jobs
The boating industry has struggled during the economic downturn as demand softened and consumers held off on big-ticket luxury purchases. ...

  Atlantic City to host International Power Boat Show
Edison Sentinel
The 31st annual Atlantic City International Power Boat Show cruises back into town Feb. 3-7, docking at the Atlantic City Convention Center to showcase the ...

54th Annual Los Angeles Boat Show Kicks off New Decade with Exciting Boating ...
Business Wire (press release)
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Some of the boating industry's most exciting innovations of the new decade will be unveiled at the 54 th Annual Los Angeles ...

Ranger Boats plant at Flippin part of deal in private firm's purchase of ...
... Inc. Genmar owned several lines of boats, including Wood Manufacturing, the maker of Ranger Boats, which was founded by Forrest L. Wood in 1968. ...