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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


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.


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


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


OSV Crewman Medevaced off Texas

An ailing crew member aboard an offshore supply vessel (OSV) was medevaced 14 miles off the Texas Point Wildlife Refuge, Wednesday morning.   At approximately 7:45 a.m., U.S. Coast Guard watchstanders received a report from the 120-foot vessel, Poppa John


Pirates Seize Somali Vessel to Use as Floating Base

Pirates have seized control of a Somali fishing boat to use as a base from which to attack larger ships, police said on Friday, a week after Somali pirates hijacked their first commercial vessel since 2012.   Ten Yemeni crew aboard the boat were dumped on shore, officials told Reuters.


Kull Named President of Torqeedo Group

Marcia Kull (Photo: Torqeedo)

Marcia Kull has been named President of Torqeedo Group, Inc., and will direct global sales and strategy for the electric and hybrid marine propulsion systems manufacturer. Kull will oversee Torqeedo’s growth activities in the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific regions


Search Called off for Missing Cruise Ship Passenger

The search for an American cruise ship passenger who fell overboard 33 miles off the Cuban coast has been suspended after more than 16 hours of searching.   The U.S. Coast Guard called off its search Thursday evening for 23-year-old Florida resident Brandon Paul


SAFE Boats, COTECMAR to Co-build Colombian Vessels

Photo: SAFE Boats International

SAFE Boats International of Bremerton, Wash. announced at 2017 Colombia Mar that it has broadened its previously signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with COTECMAR into a multiyear, definitive Association Agreement to coproduce many of its products already in Colombia


Horizon Names Hotz VP, Business Development

John Hotz (Photo: Horizon Shipbuilding)

Bayou La Batre, Ala. shipbuilder Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc. said it has hired John Hotz as Vice President of Business Development. Hotz brings to the role industry experience and a background in business development, having worked within the commercial and government marine sector throughout


New ATB Builds for Island Tug & Barge

A worker’s torch cuts metal in the raised forecastle that will house the pin rooms. (Photo: Haig-Brown/Cummins)

Over the years Vancouver, BC based Island Tug and Barge (ITB) has refurbished and repowered older vessels and completed new vessels. The company is currently working on its most ambitious and innovative project to date. In its Annacis Island Shipyard


Somali Force, Pirates Exchange Gunfire

Somali maritime forces have exchanged gunfire with the hijackers of an oil tanker in the semi-autonomous region of Puntland, the head of the maritime force said.   This is the first time Somali pirates have taken over a commercial ship since 2012 and locals blame the attack on foreign


Tech File: Harken’s TR31 Tight Radius Rail and Trolley System

Photo: Harken

Being safe on board any workboat has never been easier. That’s because when the Sabine Pilots in Port Arthur, Texas took delivery of their all new all-aluminum pilot boat, the Port Arthur, in May of last year, the vessel came with all the bells and whistles that operators have come to expect


Marine News Boat of the Month: March 2017

Image: AAM

Red & White Taps AAM for Hybrid Electric U.S.-Built Passenger Vessel   All American Marine (AAM) in February announced a deal for the construction of a new hybrid electric, 600 passenger aluminum monohull vessel to be delivered to the Red and White Fleet of San Francisco, Calif


Remote Controlled Workboats

(Image: Tuco Marine)

Tuco Marine Group has introduced remote controlled navigation systems for the ProZero Workboats, offering autonomous self-piloting vessels.    Working together with Sea Machines, Tuco Marine Group can now provide the ProZero series


Already Strong on the US West Coast, Scania Looks East

(Photo: Scania)

Go east, young man, go east: Scania’s market reach grows with a key workboat contract. The reasons why are easy enough to see.   When Scania announced its recent deal with Potomac Riverboat Company, part of the Entertainment Cruises family, to deliver eight, EPA Tier 3


An Undeterred Determination to Be On the Water

Nichole Rider (Image: Mercury Marine)

From tragedy to triumph: A former college basketball star preserves a passion for the water thanks to Mercury Marine   Mercury Marine develops and manufactures technology designed to enhance the boating experience. The marine engines manufacturer recently teamed up with Belzona boats to


Cruise Ship Passenger Missing off Cuba

U.S. and Cuban emergency responders are searching for an overboard passenger who reportedly fell from the eighth deck of a cruise ship roughly 30 miles off the coast of Cuba.   Missing is 23-year-old Florida resident Brandon Paul, who is said to have went overboard from the Carnival Victory


ASIS Debuts New 9.8m Amphibious RIB

Photo: ASIS Boats

ASIS Boats has debuted its last release, a 9.8m Amphibious RIB able to achieve speeds of 55mph on water.   Special composite material and Kevlar  has been used in the boat construction to keep it light weight and strong at the same time.  






 
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