“Boating Has Been a Favorite American Pastime”

National Marine Manufacturers Association president Frank Hugelmeyer took to Fox Business with an opinion piece on why boating is the ideal summer activity during the Covid-19 pandemic. Echoing the disappointment that many are feeling with canceled vacations, closed community pools and shuttered summer camps — as well as the stress that Covid-19 has had onContinue reading ““Boating Has Been a Favorite American Pastime””

Warning: Hurricane-Damaged Boats Soon Hitting the Used Boat Market

Buyer beware. BoatUS wants anyone looking to buy a used boat in 2018 to be aware of the “storm-damaged lemons” that are likely lurking among perfectly good pre-owned boats. More than 63,000 boats were damaged in Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Many will be repaired and have years of life left on the water, but other couldContinue reading “Warning: Hurricane-Damaged Boats Soon Hitting the Used Boat Market”

Unprecedented demand’ causes Yamaha to delay engine shipments

In light of “unprecedented demand,” Yamaha Motor Corp. is asking its counterparts in Japan to focus on reallocating products to the United States so the company can fill orders. Specifically, Yamaha said that due to “a perfect storm of challenges” it is unable to meet demand for the 2.8-liter, 4.2-liter V6 and 5.3-liter V8 outboardsContinue reading “Unprecedented demand’ causes Yamaha to delay engine shipments”

Jupiter Marine Awards Maryland Territory to Bluewater Yacht Sales

Bluewater Yacht Sales is pleased to announce the expansion of their Jupiter Marine territory to become the exclusive Jupiter boat dealer for all of Maryland. The market share expansions in these regions is sure to extend as Bluewater & Jupiter join efforts in Maryland. Bluewater Yacht Sales has been operating for nearly 50 years andContinue reading “Jupiter Marine Awards Maryland Territory to Bluewater Yacht Sales”

Volvo Penta becomes majority owner of innovative outboard motor manufacturer Seven Marine.

  Volvo Penta has signed an agreement to become the major owner of innovative premium outboard motor manufacturer, Seven Marine, enabling the Swedish company to extend its scope of world-leading integrated propulsion systems. “With this acquisition, Volvo Penta is entering the outboard motor segment,” says Volvo Penta president, Björn Ingemanson. “Together with Seven Marine, we are onContinue reading “Volvo Penta becomes majority owner of innovative outboard motor manufacturer Seven Marine.”

Sport Fishing Magazine:Jupiter Marine 25 Bay on the 2017 Boat Buyers Guide

25 Bay has high gunwales, flush decks, massive tournament-style livewells, and plenty of storage. By Staff December 19, 2016 Courtesy of Jupiter Marine LOA: 26′ 1″ | Beam: 8’6″ | Fuel Capacity: 91 gal. | Dry Weight: 3,700 lb. plus power | Max HP: 300 | Certifications: NMMA Cruising at high speeds in big seas,Continue reading “Sport Fishing Magazine:Jupiter Marine 25 Bay on the 2017 Boat Buyers Guide”

EPA raises expected level of ethanol for 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency reversed course from its initial proposal regarding mandated ethanol volumes for 2017, acting to increase the volumes more than initially proposed. The EPA announced on Wednesday, the day prior to a long weekend for many, that it raised its corn ethanol volume mandate for 2017 to levels Congress set in theContinue reading “EPA raises expected level of ethanol for 2017”

The Rebirth of the Chesapeake 22

I started building this hull with my dad in the mid 1980’s: These two pictures are one of the ones I built in 1989. Randy is installing a new T-Top as we speak for the new owner. The Chesapeake  gave me the boat fever and why I’m at Bluewater Yacht Sales today.  My good friendContinue reading “The Rebirth of the Chesapeake 22”

EPA increases ethanol levels in fuel standard | Trade Only Today

The Environmental Protection Agency finalized renewable fuel standards through 2016, angering the ethanol industry but still increasing ethanol requirements and effectively breaking the so-called blend wall. The blend wall is the term given to the amount of ethanol in the overall fuel supply that the engine fleet can tolerate without damage, which most industries believeContinue reading “EPA increases ethanol levels in fuel standard | Trade Only Today”

Travel to Cuba now permitted by boat

The White House Administration recently released new rules surrounding travel to Cuba. As a part of the new rules, persons traveling to Cuba will now be able to do so by vessel whether for hire for recreation. This puts boating on parity with other forms of transportation, which initially was restricted to air travel only.Continue reading “Travel to Cuba now permitted by boat”

Maryland law could lead to more marine tourism

Superyachts might travel more frequently through the waters of Chesapeake Bay and dock at the broad berths of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor under a new state law. Signed Tuesday by Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, the law allows for pleasure boats between 80 and 200 feet and with a draft of less than 12 feet to moveContinue reading “Maryland law could lead to more marine tourism”

With Passage Blocked, Coast Guard Closes Oregon Inlet: Outerbanksvoice.com

     Oregon Inlet is closed to vessels drawing more than 2 feet, essentially shutting down the charter fishing fleet with four days left in the bluefin tuna season and as Easter week approaches. Petty Officer Kathryn Bruner with the Coast Guard in Wilmington said Saturday that the closing was prompted by the latest U.S.Continue reading “With Passage Blocked, Coast Guard Closes Oregon Inlet: Outerbanksvoice.com”

Outboard Engine Ethanol Protection

Three tips for protecting your boat from E10 gasoline. By Charles Plueddeman Posted Yesterday at 9:07am  7 Let’s assume the adventure you have been planning does not include the episode where your boat is bobbing dead in the water while you troubleshoot a tank full of crappy gas. Here’s how to avoid that scenario. Ethanol remains the leadingContinue reading “Outboard Engine Ethanol Protection”

Divisions arise in North Carolina over dredging funds

A North Carolina bill that would divert beach nourishment funds to pay for dredging an inlet is pitting a business community and a boating community against one another. Representatives of both camps gave their opinions on draft state legislation that would allow the Dare County Board of Commissioners to divert occupancy tax revenue, including fundsContinue reading “Divisions arise in North Carolina over dredging funds”

Boat Brokerage Sales Rise in December

Posted on January 26th, 2015  Written by John Burnham, YachtWorld.com   2014 ended with a 6 percent gain in U.S. brokerage sales in December, but the year’s headlines were not positive. Sales for the year were down 5 percent, according to YachtWorld member brokerages reporting in their proprietary database, SoldBoats.com.   Brokers sold 1,476 fewerContinue reading “Boat Brokerage Sales Rise in December”

More Menhaden Than Expected

By PAMELA D’ANGELO Atlantic Menhaden, the tiny fish that, two years ago, created big trouble between Chesapeake Bay environmentalists and commercial fishermen, is surfacing once more. Scientists have found new data that may prove there’s more of the fish than once thought. Atlantic Menhaden. Photo by Flickr user Brian Gratwicke. Credit https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ Menhaden is eatenContinue reading “More Menhaden Than Expected”

Virginia Beach Makes Top 10 Cities for Boaters

With Labor Day weekend just around the corner, millions of boat owners will be fueling up their tanks in preparation for the last big hurrah of the boating season. According to Discover Boating, an estimated 89 million Americans go boating each year. If you’re one of those boaters, you’ve probably dreamed of owning property onContinue reading “Virginia Beach Makes Top 10 Cities for Boaters”

Yamaha unveils new ‘marine advocacy’ software

If marine dealers’ congressmen and women don’t know them on a first-name basis, dealers aren’t communicating enough with them. “The best thing you can really do as a dealer is have your local congressman know you by name so you can call him yourself and tell him how you feel” about issues affecting the marineContinue reading “Yamaha unveils new ‘marine advocacy’ software”

Crash captain left helm for ‘drunken 3-way sex romp’

  The fishing boat sits crumpled against an approach-light pier at La Guardia on Sunday. A fishing boat smashed head on into runway approach lights at La Guardia Airport early Sunday after the vessel’s drunken captain deserted the helm for a three-way sex romp — exposing a stunning security weakness, sources told The Post. Police wereContinue reading “Crash captain left helm for ‘drunken 3-way sex romp’”

How to Tweak Your Props to Make Your Boat More Efficient

By Capt. Richard Thiel Pitch, Perfect and Otherwise Chasing the elusive sweet spot can be good for your engine. Most boaters would like to go a little faster and burn a little less fuel, but some take this desire to a whole new level. They shell out good money for the latest hull coating, fuel additive,Continue reading “How to Tweak Your Props to Make Your Boat More Efficient”

Bluewater Yacht Yards Makes Power & Motoryacht’s List of Most Favorite Boatyards

Submitted by PMY Staff on Thu, 2013-11-21 11:00 Power & Motoryacht reader Kelly Flynn writes: “I nominate Bluewater Yacht Yard in Hampton, Virginia. My experience has been excellent—quality customer service since the first time I went there, and they have always treated me with a very friendly, professional manner. Yard manager Craig Messick loaned me a spanner wrenchContinue reading “Bluewater Yacht Yards Makes Power & Motoryacht’s List of Most Favorite Boatyards”

ABC 2014: NMMA pushes for sportfish fund support

Written by Reagan Haynes WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Marine Manufacturers Association is asking the marine industry to try to get support for the Sport Fish Restoration & Boating Trust Fund, a $600 million-a-year fund that helps fund fishing around the country. David Kennedy, of BoatUS, told American Boating Congress attendees on Tuesday that the moneyContinue reading “ABC 2014: NMMA pushes for sportfish fund support”

Grand Banks set to buy Palm Beach Motor Yachts

Grand Banks Yachts Ltd. is buying Australian boatbuilder Palm Beach Motor Yacht Co. for $10 million Australian, which is $9.4 million in U.S dollars. Palm Beach founder and yachtsman Mark Richards will be appointed CEO of the enlarged group and Peter Poli will relinquish his role as acting CEO, but continue as chief financial officerContinue reading “Grand Banks set to buy Palm Beach Motor Yachts”

The New Caterpillar C8.7

Strange Bedfellows Some Engine builders are finding they need to partner up if they’re going to meet stringent new emissions regulations. When I heard from Caterpillar that it would display its new pod drive with its newest engine, the C8.7, at the 2013 Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show, I was intrigued. Both had been outContinue reading “The New Caterpillar C8.7”

Do Not Be Late to The Viking Yachts VIP on January 31, 2014

The 18th Annual Viking VIP Boat Show Preview begins its two-day run on Thursday, January 31, 2014 at the Viking Yacht Service Center in Riviera Beach, Florida. This event is extra special this year because it is our 50th Anniversary. We will have 20 spectacular Viking yachts on display and available for sea trials throughContinue reading “Do Not Be Late to The Viking Yachts VIP on January 31, 2014”

The Truth About Shafts and Pods

For nearly a decade, pod propulsion looked like it would render inboards obsolete. So why hasn’t it happened? At the 2005 Miami Boat Show Volvo Penta introduced its Inboard Performance System (IPS) and changed forever not only the way we run our boats but the way we think about running them. Before, maneuvering required forethought,Continue reading “The Truth About Shafts and Pods”

Touchscreens on Marine Electronics

What’s Possible? Believe it or not, the only thing developing faster than the capabilities of your touchscreen marine electronics is your ability to use them. The addition of touchscreens to marine electronics has been a boon to boaters across the entire spectrum of experience, from old salt to rank newbie. Why? The short answer isContinue reading “Touchscreens on Marine Electronics”

2014 Regulator 28 Display on Fox & Friends At The New York Boat Show

Bluewater Stock Regulator 28’s Fox and Friends Preview the Regulator 28 Fox and Friends After The Show Regulator 28

Get a reading on the health of your engine and marine transmission—for short money.

ome years ago I was invited to give a talk to a yacht club about marine engines. I decided to discuss oil analysis, and prepared what I thought was one of my better presentations.   Unfortunately, about half of the audience disagreed. Not more than five minutes into my talk, the look of boredom onContinue reading “Get a reading on the health of your engine and marine transmission—for short money.”

Boat sales showed surge in 3Q

For the recreational boat industry, 2013 has been a tale of two seasons — the wet spring, when sales ran disappointingly behind the encouraging pace of a year earlier — and the bright summer, when the sun came out and builders and dealers shot past their 2012 marks. Americans were ready to buy once JuneContinue reading “Boat sales showed surge in 3Q”

Bonner Bridge to close immediately

he North Carolina Department of Transportation has closed the Bonner Bridge over the Oregon Inlet to NC-12 along the Outer Banks today due to immediate safety concerns. Sonar scanning of the bridge has identified scouring concerns, or areas where too much sand has eroded from the support structure of the bridge. NCDOT crews have beenContinue reading “Bonner Bridge to close immediately”

A Few Minutes With Bill Healey

  As co-founder of the Viking Yacht Company with his brother Bob in 1964, Bill Healey knows boat building. But what makes Bill special is his willingness to help others. We posed a few questions about boat building and thought you would enjoy his responses.   Q. How has boat building changed over the pastContinue reading “A Few Minutes With Bill Healey”

Travel Channel “Extreme Yachts” Featuring Sabre 48 airing on 11/6 at 9:00 p.m. EST/PST

Sabre Yachts is proud to announce that the Travel Channel show “ExtremeYachts” will be airing a segment featuring the Sabre 48, which was produced at both our Rockland & Raymond facilities here in Maine.    Link to the Sabre 48: http://www.bluewateryachtsales.com/new-models/photo/109/0/ The show will be airing this  Wednesday November  6th at 9:00 p.m. EST/PST. Please feelContinue reading “Travel Channel “Extreme Yachts” Featuring Sabre 48 airing on 11/6 at 9:00 p.m. EST/PST”

How to Understand Your Boatyard Bill

A Tough Way to Make a Living Although your bill reads like an odometer, your boatyard’s profits may be small. Here’s why. Maine’s Front Street Shipyard received the ABBRA’s 2013 Boatyard of the Year award. The boatyard business isn’t for sissies. Although it seems like a license to make money, running a boatyard isn’t cheap:Continue reading “How to Understand Your Boatyard Bill”

Brokerage sales continue gains in August

U.S. brokerage sales topped 3,000 boats for the fifth month in a row in August, finishing 9 percent ahead of the same month a year earlier. Aggregate totals from YachtWorld member brokerages reporting in SoldBoats.com, their proprietary database, were 3,066 boats sold — 256 more than in August 2012 — and $312.5 million changing hands,Continue reading “Brokerage sales continue gains in August”

Maryland lawmaker favors reduction in boat tax cap

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — At least one Maryland lawmaker is hoping to further lower a tax cap on boats so the state can better compete with neighboring states in sales. Delegates Speaker Michael Busch, who was honored Tuesday by the Marine Trade Association of Maryland in Annapolis, said passing Maryland’s tax cap bill on boats notContinue reading “Maryland lawmaker favors reduction in boat tax cap”

Brunswick sells Hatteras and Cabo

  The Cabo display at this year’s Yacht and Brokerage Boat Show in Miami Beach. Brunswick Corp. sold its Hatteras and Cabo brands to Versa Capital Management LLC affiliate Navis HCY Acquisition LLC.   Terms of the agreement weren’t disclosed, but the brands are expected to stay in North Carolina and John Ward will continueContinue reading “Brunswick sells Hatteras and Cabo”

Jarrett Bay Delivers Its Largest Custom Sportfish To Date

    Jarrett Bay Delivers Its Largest Custom Sportfish To Date 77’ Blank Check – A truly unique package of performance, quality and luxury Beaufort, NC (June 18, 2013) – Jarrett Bay Boatworks recently delivered the company’s newest flagship, and largest custom sportfish built to date, the 77’ Blank Check. No strangers to big game fishing,Continue reading “Jarrett Bay Delivers Its Largest Custom Sportfish To Date”

May Brokerage Sales Highest in Five Years

May Brokerage Sales Highest in Five Years By John Burnham | jburnham@yachtworld.com U.S. brokers reporting in SoldBoats.com had a good month in May, selling more boats than in any single month since 2007. Sales had improved in March and April, compared to 2012, but in May they climbed significantly, with 3,730 boats reported. This wasContinue reading “May Brokerage Sales Highest in Five Years”

Taking the Long View The Fall & Rise & Fall of Stripers & a Lot of Less-famous Fish

DON’T CALL HIM ISHMAEL. You’d never find Bob Wood in a Herman Melville novel. There’s no damp, drizzly November of the soul that would send him out to sea in search of a Moby Dick or even a menhaden. Wood did his boat time during graduate school: day-long cruises on the Chesapeake Bay, dragging fishContinue reading “Taking the Long View The Fall & Rise & Fall of Stripers & a Lot of Less-famous Fish”

Raves for Yacht & Brokerage

More than 500 new and used boats were on display.Resurgent sales and dockside soirees were the hallmarks of Miami Beach’s boat show with a nightlife The largest-ever Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach featured more than 500 new and used boats valued at more than $1 billion this year, with the in-water count upContinue reading “Raves for Yacht & Brokerage”

Brunswick fields offers for Hatteras and Cabo

Brunswick Corp. is still narrowing the field of potential buyers for Hatteras and Cabo, the two brands it announced it was selling in January, and expects to announce a new Sea Ray president before the end of March. See Related Articles Bayliner cruisers are Brazil-bound Brunswick group president talks about plant shutdown Brunswick to consolidateContinue reading “Brunswick fields offers for Hatteras and Cabo”

Tall ship captains stunned that the Bounty left port

When Hurricane Sandy was forming in the Caribbean, Capt. Dan Moreland decided his square-rigged sailing ship, the Picton Castle, wasn’t going anywhere soon. Weather forecasts showed the late October storm was getting big, and it was impossible to know where it was going. Moreland postponed the Picton Castle’s scheduled departure from Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, forContinue reading “Tall ship captains stunned that the Bounty left port”

Bluewater Yacht Sales Locations at the Miami Boat Show

Bluewater Yacht Sales Brokerage Slips Let our expert match makers hook you up with the perfect fit at the Miami Boat Show, February 14-18, 2013. We’ve worked hard to have some of yachting’s leading ladies on display for you at our location in Miami this week. Please visit our line-up off of Collins Avenue RampContinue reading “Bluewater Yacht Sales Locations at the Miami Boat Show”

Some E15 sellers don’t label pump

A recent survey found that 35 percent of the registered sellers of E15 are not labeling the higher-ethanol gas at the pump. See Related Articles Push to stop E15 could head to Supreme Court NMMA makes case to Congress on fuel standard Coalition seeks fuel standard repeal through legislation EPA seeks input on 2013 fuelContinue reading “Some E15 sellers don’t label pump”

Banks ease credit a bit as consumers seek loans

Banks are slightly loosening standards for many kinds of loans, and cutting into their own profit margins to try to make more loans, especially to businesses and real estate developers, the Federal Reserve says. The central bank’s quarterly survey of bank lending officers said most banks haven’t made it materially easier to get business loansContinue reading “Banks ease credit a bit as consumers seek loans”

Mercury Marine rolls out new propeller line

Mercury Marine introduced a new line of Bravo Three propellers designed especially for higher-horsepower diesel applications. See Related Articles Mercury Marine starts repaying Wisconsin loan Mercury Racing president will step down Mercury Marine names new regional president Mercury Marine names VP of global operations Mercury Marine adds jobs at Wisconsin plant Mercury said the BravoContinue reading “Mercury Marine rolls out new propeller line”

Hawaiian Surfer Wrangles Massive Wave

In this photo released on Jan. 29, 2013, by Nazare Qualifica organization, surfer Garrett McNamara rides a wave off Praia do Norte beach in Nazare, Portugal, on Jan. 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco) In a slice of the Atlantic Ocean he says is “known as a place of death, not of riding waves” according toContinue reading “Hawaiian Surfer Wrangles Massive Wave”

NMMA plans conference call on fuel standards

On Monday, the National Marine Manufacturers Association will join a diverse group of stakeholders in holding a conference call to discuss the negative impacts of the Renewable Fuel Standard.   See Related Articles Appeals court rules against EPA on biofuel estimates Wall Street Journal criticizes EPA after biofuel ruling Federal court denies E15 appeal GasContinue reading “NMMA plans conference call on fuel standards”

EPA estimates on biofuels too high, court says

A federal appeals court has ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency is overestimating the amount of fuel that can be produced from grasses, wood and other nonfood plants in an effort to promote a fledgling biofuels industry. At issue is a 2007 renewable- fuels law that requires a certain amount of those types of fuels,Continue reading “EPA estimates on biofuels too high, court says”

House Approves $50.7 Billion in Emergency Aid for Storm Victims

WASHINGTON — After fierce lobbying by political leaders in states across the Northeast, the House of Representatives on Tuesday night approved a long-awaited $50.7 billion emergency bill to provide help to victims of Hurricane Sandy. The aid package passed 241 to 180, with 49 Republicans joining 192 Democrats. The Senate is expected to pass theContinue reading “House Approves $50.7 Billion in Emergency Aid for Storm Victims”

Blocked Oregon Inlet leaves boat builders on edge

Watermen and boat builders turned out in force Monday to keep a spotlight on Oregon Inlet and urge Dare County commissioners to lead a unified effort to open the channel back up for commerce. Two of the six remaining local boat builders warned that the shallow channel is not just a problem for trawlers thatContinue reading “Blocked Oregon Inlet leaves boat builders on edge”

Suspensions of Hatteras ferry runs to continue

  Continued shoaling and low water will probably mean suspensions of ferry service between Hatteras and Ocracoke for several more weeks until a contractor can clear out the channel. Problems have persisted in the ferry channel since Hurricane Irene in 2011, especially in a tight dogleg where depths can be as little 4 feet. HurricaneContinue reading “Suspensions of Hatteras ferry runs to continue”

Cramer: Super Storm Sandy – The Play Everyone’s Missing – Brunswick!

“On the one hand, Super Storm Sandy was absolutely horrible, a human tragedy that caused tens of billions of dollars worth of property damage. But on the other hand, Sandy could turn out to be an economic shot in the arm. Although Cramer has offered lots of thoughts on how to play the recovery, onContinue reading “Cramer: Super Storm Sandy – The Play Everyone’s Missing – Brunswick!”

New Yamaha Helm Master

Yamaha Outboard debuted its Helm Master system to the media this week at its test facility on the Tennessee River in Alabama. Much more than just joystick steering, Yamaha’s Helm Master represents the next step in boat control systems, I believe. Yamaha calls it a “fully integrated boat control system.” Remarkably, there are no cablesContinue reading “New Yamaha Helm Master”

Dealers say ethanol damage increases with drought

Some boat dealers in states affected by drought and high temperatures say they’re seeing an increase in boats with ethanol damage. Kansas gas station is first to offer E15 “We’re seeing more boats affected by ethanol because the boats are sitting longer,” Jeff Seims, at Blue Springs Marine near Kansas City, Mo., told Soundings TradeContinue reading “Dealers say ethanol damage increases with drought”

Money for dredging local inlets drying up

  Crews have started the dredging process for Bogue Inlet. They will be making their way down to New River Inlet, New Topsail, Carolina Beach and Lockwood’s Folly Inlet in the next few weeks. Army Corp met with town leaders Monday to go over finances. The dredging process costs each inlet $500,000 per year. ComeContinue reading “Money for dredging local inlets drying up”

EPA approves plan for E15 use

Contrary to numerous studies showing the detriment of fuel with more than 10 percent ethanol, the Environmental Protection Agency approved a plan submitted by the ethanol industry to address residual fuel that can be left in gas pumps that offer both E15 and other fuels, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association.   See RelatedContinue reading “EPA approves plan for E15 use”

Marine industry lenders indicate that boat sales in May and early June are up at least 7 or 8 percent.

Marine industry lenders indicate that boat sales in May and early June are up at least 7 or 8 percent, according to Wells Fargo analyst Timothy Conder. See Related Articles Sales momentum continues into spring Sea Ray adds to dealer network Spring sales season off to solid start January sales hold hope for spring seasonContinue reading “Marine industry lenders indicate that boat sales in May and early June are up at least 7 or 8 percent.”

Godspeed lays over at Bluewater before OpSail

Submitted by pbass on Tue, 06/05/2012 – 08:08 Jamestown’s Godspeed replica, one of three Rockport Marine built replica/reproduction vessels participating in OpSail 2012, enjoys a thoroughly modern accommodation at Bluewater Yachting Center prior to the Parade of Sail. http://www.bluewateryachtsales.com

Boat sales climb in April

It was only April, but marine consumers had summer fun on their minds as sales of personal watercraft, jet boats and ski boats roared upward by margins ranging from 22 to 44 percent.   See Related Articles Spring sales season off to solid start January sales hold hope for spring season Boat sales close outContinue reading “Boat sales climb in April”

New tests raise questions about E15

  The marine industry’s opposition to the distribution of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol received a boost this week.   See Related Articles Federal appeals court hears E15 waiver challenge EPA approval moves E15 closer to marketplace Company says it’s close to producing biofuel alternative E15 study bill passes House committee EPA releases 2012 renewableContinue reading “New tests raise questions about E15”

CRC tests reveal valve seat damage in some vehicles from E15

Engine durability tests by the Coordinating Research Council, which studies the interaction of engines and petroleum products, found leaks from uneven valve seat wear and pittage in two of eight 2001-09 vehicle engines run for 500 hr on a 15% ethanol-85% gasoline fuel blend, the organization supported by the American Petroleum Institute and automobile manufacturersContinue reading “CRC tests reveal valve seat damage in some vehicles from E15”

Viking Yacht celebrates 48th anniversary

April 1 marked the 48th anniversary of the Viking Yacht Co., the day when brothers Bill and Bob Healey opened the doors to their new boatbuilding venture.     See Related Articles Viking holds boat show preview in Florida   What started in a single, self-contained building in 1964 has evolved into an 810,000-square-foot manufacturingContinue reading “Viking Yacht celebrates 48th anniversary”

Fountain receiver’s Chapter 11 petitions dismissed

Chapter 11 bankruptcy petitions filed by a receiver on behalf of Fountain and related entities have been dismissed by Judge Erik Kimball in the bankruptcy court of the Southern District of Florida. The order was in response to a motion by Joseph Wortley to dismiss the cases. Wortley is at least a partial owner ofContinue reading “Fountain receiver’s Chapter 11 petitions dismissed”

Fishermen’s rally set for today in D.C

Thousands of coastal recreational fishermen, business owners, commercial fishermen, charterboat and party boat owners and others are expected to descend today on Washington, D.C., for a rally calling for efforts to “Keep Fishermen Fishing.”   Set for noon at Upper Senate Park, not far from the U.S. Capitol, “the unified efforts of America’s fishermen willContinue reading “Fishermen’s rally set for today in D.C”

Pods Are Driving Change In The Marine Industry!

Over the last five or six years, Pod Drive Propulsion Systems have evolved from novel engineering concepts to marine industry game changers. Though pod drives have long been used for cruise ships, ferries and tugboats, their evolution and recent impact has occurred in the pleasure boat industry. They’ve quickly replaced traditional shaft drive systems asContinue reading “Pods Are Driving Change In The Marine Industry!”

Plan calls for smaller hike in Maryland boater fees

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will propose amendments to House Bill 1307 to substantially reduce the proposed cost of registering a boat in Maryland, the department announced. The department introduced the legislation to address the state’s boating infrastructure needs. The original proposal would have replaced the flat $24 boat registration fee paid every twoContinue reading “Plan calls for smaller hike in Maryland boater fees”

Why Gas Prices Aren’t Likely to Hit $5 This Summer

A spike to $5 a gallon for the national average by the summer would mean that the rise in gas prices over the next few months would have to exceed the 8 percent climb we’ve seen over the past four weeks. Is it possible? Perhaps. Inevitable? Not really. “There’s nothing inevitable about it,” says IHSContinue reading “Why Gas Prices Aren’t Likely to Hit $5 This Summer”

On Course with the Viking 55

Viking 55402, hull number two in the new 55 series has jumped into the production line and a ground swell of activity has begun in anticipation of its July delivery date. In this first mechanical and electrical stage, wiring is installed for standard and optional equipment, as well as the running gear. Tankage, engines, theContinue reading “On Course with the Viking 55”

Yacht & Brokerage Show reports strong 2012 show

Organizers of the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach reported a significantly stronger show overall than the last several years, with the number of exhibitors and boats on display both up 9 percent from 2011.   See Related Articles Shows and Events   Attendance, based on concession sales and the number of people usingContinue reading “Yacht & Brokerage Show reports strong 2012 show”

Garmin signs deal to buy Interphase Technologies

Garmin signed an agreement to acquire Interphase Technologies Inc., a privately held creator and manufacturer of phased array scanning sonar technology based in Soquel, Calif.   See Related Articles Garmin buys its distributor in Chile Garmin reports 3Q results   Financial terms of the agreement will not be released. This transaction is expected to beContinue reading “Garmin signs deal to buy Interphase Technologies”

Trade group urges Virginia to keep boat-tax cap

Members of the Virginia Marine Trades Association gathered last week in Richmond as part of the association’s inaugural Lobby Day event.   See Related Articles Virginia trade group names 2012 officers   Fourteen General Assembly members, or their legislative aides, met with constituents to discuss legislation of concern to the industry. “With more than 253,500Continue reading “Trade group urges Virginia to keep boat-tax cap”

Bluewater Yacht Sales will Be on Display at the Richmond Boat Show February 17th -19th 2012

PROGRESSIVE INSURANCE 24TH ANNUAL RICHMOND BOAT SHOW   EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO HIT THE WATER!  For years the Richmond Boat Show has been recognized as one of the best boat shows in Central Virginia. Covering nearly 110,000 square feet in four buildings, it attracts dealers from throughout Virginia. Boats on display from 18 dealers includeContinue reading “Bluewater Yacht Sales will Be on Display at the Richmond Boat Show February 17th -19th 2012”

Will tide turn in Miami?

Signs of an improving economy generate optimism for the big show among organizers and exhibitors   See Related Articles Groups announce Miami show events NMMA seeks Innovation Awards entries for Miami NMMA dealer program returns to Miami show Miami boat show signs diving exhibit producer   The thousands of boats, engines, electronics and accessories onContinue reading “Will tide turn in Miami?”

FLIR Systems reports 4Q, year-end results

FLIR Systems, the parent company of Raymarine, today announced a drop in revenue for the fourth quarter, but an increase in revenue for the full fiscal year.   See Related Articles FLIR division moves to New Hampshire VIDEO: FLIR unveils handheld marine scope FLIR Systems reports 3Q results   Revenue for the quarter, which endedContinue reading “FLIR Systems reports 4Q, year-end results”

Windmill Point Marina Has New Owner

Vinings Marine Group, through its affiliate R L Prop 2011-1 Investments, announced the acquisition of the Windmill Point Marina in Whitestone, Va.     The facility, at the mouth of the Rappahannock River on the Chesapeake Bay, is the seventh marina acquisition for VMG’s affiliates on the bay and its 14th marina purchase in sevenContinue reading “Windmill Point Marina Has New Owner”

3 years after US accident, Regulator Boat washes up in Spain

  As he swam toward the coast of Nantucket, Mass. in August 2008, Scott Douglas, 58, watched his yellow fishing boat disappear, carried away by the swelling surf. He thought it would be the last time he’d ever see the Queen Bee. But yesterday, more than three years after Douglas and his brother-in-law were tossedContinue reading “3 years after US accident, Regulator Boat washes up in Spain”

New limits for Hatteras beach driving in February

Off-road vehicles will be allowed year-round on 28 miles of the seashore and on 13 additional miles between mid-September and mid-March. The remaining 26 miles will be off limits to vehicles. Permit fees haven’t been announced yet, but a year-round driving permit will likely cost between $90 and $150. A seven-day permit is expected toContinue reading “New limits for Hatteras beach driving in February”

Post Yachts builder has new owner

Post Marine Group LLC, a family-owned company, acquired the assets of Post Marine Co. Inc. and will build the full range of Post Yachts at its facility in Chestertown, Md., on the eastern shore of Chesapeake Bay.   Terms of the deal were not disclosed.   http://www.tradeonlytoday.com/home/518087-post-yachts-builder-has-new-owner

Regulator 23 FS: Deep-V Done Right.

Regulator 23 FS: Deep-V Done Right.   Traits include a smooth ride, little to no spray, and excellent efficiency. The concept of a deep-V hull seems so simple on the surface, you’d think anyone could build one that rides smoothly. But you’d be dead wrong – in fact, between strake placement, chine design, variable degrees,Continue reading “Regulator 23 FS: Deep-V Done Right.”

Report expects rebound in megayacht revenue

A report from IBISWorld anticipates an annual rate of decline of 8.6 percent in luxury and megayacht revenue during the last five years, but a boost in dollars through 2017. See Related Articles Proposed yacht crew rules eased Report sees increase in marine insurers’ profits “The decline is largely attributable to a significant downturn inContinue reading “Report expects rebound in megayacht revenue”

Prominent local developer F. Wayne McLeskey dies

F. Wayne McLeskey Jr., one of the most influential developers in the region, especially in Virginia Beach, died from complications of surgery Friday evening. He was 88. Among his many holdings was the Virginia Beach Fishing Center at Rudee Inlet, and he leased out many shopping centers. In the Beach, he was one of theContinue reading “Prominent local developer F. Wayne McLeskey dies”

New 76 Viking Convertible Pulls into Bluewater Yacht Sales Today

Here are some pictures of the 76 before she heads down to the Florida Viking Service Center for a the tower install. The 76 will be on display at the Miami Boat Show. Link to Viking 76 Convertible: http://www.vikingyachts.com/models2/overview.asp?numIdVal=76C

Pensioner spends 11 HOURS pinned to his bed after ceiling collapsed under weight of 7,000 yachting magazines

A pensioner has escaped uninjured after he spent 11 hours pinned to his bed after his ceiling collapsed under the weight of 7,000 yachting magazines. Richard Phillips, 77, was discovered trapped yesterday under chunks of the ceiling and 150 boxes filled with the magazines at his home in Goldhanger, Essex. Firefighters spent 45 minutes removingContinue reading “Pensioner spends 11 HOURS pinned to his bed after ceiling collapsed under weight of 7,000 yachting magazines”

Consumer confidence reaches eight-month high

The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index rose again in December and now stands at 64.5, up from 55.2 in November and the highest since April. Economists and other financial experts closely watch the index because consumer spending accounts for about 70 percent of U.S. economic activity. “After two months of considerable gains, the Consumer ConfidenceContinue reading “Consumer confidence reaches eight-month high”

Regulator Marine holds annual meeting

Regulator Marine recently held its 2011 Regulator Marine University.     The event was held Dec. 5-6 at the Regulator plant in Edenton, N.C. It provides domestic and international sales staff with valuable tools and product knowledge. After being awarded a “Bachelor of Science in Regulator Product Knowledge,” “the newly minted graduate understands the intricaciesContinue reading “Regulator Marine holds annual meeting”

Four multimillion-dollar yachts were destroyed and two people hurt during a fire at a Coconut Grove Marina

Two people were burned in a blaze that destroyed four yachts in a private Coconut Grove marina early Saturday morning, officials said. The fire, which erupted before dawn, caused more the $7 million in damages. About 40 firefighters worked on the blaze, which took more than two and half hours to bring under control. TwoContinue reading “Four multimillion-dollar yachts were destroyed and two people hurt during a fire at a Coconut Grove Marina”

Baja, Donzi, Fountain Receiver Seeks Restructure

In what has proved to be a complex turn of events, the temporary receiver appointed by a North Carolina business court judge to the four boat brands—Baja Marine, Donzi Marine, Fountain Powerboats and Pro-Line Boats—announced in a press release in late October that efforts are underway to resume operations for the popular boatbuilders. http://www.powerboatmag.com/baja-donzi-fountain-receiver-seeks-restructure.html

More legal troubles for Fountain Powerboats

Lender First Capital is seeking $61.04 million in damages from Fountain Powerboats and other entities for the “borrower defendants’ ” breach of loan agreements, according to documents filed this week in North Carolina Business Court. Additionally, First Capital said Fountain has ceased operations in violation of its obligations to its lender and is asking theContinue reading “More legal troubles for Fountain Powerboats”

Reggie Fountain seeks court win against former company

Reggie Fountain may have parted ways late last year with the company that bears his name, but the two parties continue to battle in court. The accusations range from the alleged stealing of trade secrets and intellectual property by Fountain to the company’s retaining trophies and other property Fountain said are rightfully his. The lawsuits,Continue reading “Reggie Fountain seeks court win against former company”

Hurricane Irene caused $500 million in boating damage.

Hurricane Irene likely caused an estimated $500 million in damage to boats, according to Jim Holler, senior vice president of underwriting for BoatUS. That figure, he said, does not include damage to boating facilities, and includes all boats, whether insured or not, in all states affected by the storm. What made Irene so powerful, heContinue reading “Hurricane Irene caused $500 million in boating damage.”