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Industry News – Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Wednesday, November 6, 2013   
The successful bluboat class (the boat of the St. Moritz Matchrace), launched by Christian Blumi Scherrer, is creative on the Internet as well. In addition to a new Website, a bluboat app for iPads is now available. Btw, bluboats are on show at the initial Salon Nautique in Morges / Lake Geneva over the coming weekend.
Industry News – Saturday, December 8, 2012
Saturday, December 8, 2012   
As every year in December, the nautical industry of France is presenting its products, services and especially its novelties at the Salon Nautique of Paris. Over 800 exhibitors with their booths, and a multitude of attractions will inform and entertain the visitors. Always of special interest are the press conferences of the most important Regatta Organisers and Sailing Teams presenting their 2013 Calendar, and the big names of the French racing scene will be present (... unless they are sailing around the Globe at the Vendée ..). The event-website. A special spectacle is always the transport of the big yacht across the nocturnal Paris - here a video.
Industry News – Saturday, July 7, 2012
Saturday, July 7, 2012   
While the Volvo Ocean Race 2012 is in its final phase with the Inport Race of Galway IRL, the planning for the next VOR taking place in two years, is already progressing at full steam. Two weeks ago, the new one-design monohull Volvo 65 was presented. And in this month of July already, the construction of the prototype will be initiated. In a unique joint venture, the experienced boatyards Décision (Switzerland), Green Marine (UK), Multiplast (France) and Persico (Italy) will build at least 8, possibly even 10 yachts together. In July 2013, the first Volvo 65 will be operational. The report.
Industry News – Friday, April 27, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012   (Image © Chatham Marine)
There's a flurry of activity happening around the Olympics and many top sailing brands are getting into the patriotic spirit. One of those is leading marine shoe manufacturer Chatham Marine, who have designed a limited edition boat shoes in honour of the occasion. The GB2012 comes in a stylish three tone red, white and blue, all topped off with a Union Jack rubber sole so you really can look the part when cheering on Britain's hopefuls this summer. These GB 2012 deck shoes are available exclusively on the Chatham Marine Website and are available in sizes 6-15, including half sizes. The shoe retails at £99. Order now !
Industry News – Sunday, April 22, 2012
Sunday, April 22, 2012   
Quality for a fair price is the motto of Yachtcharter Pitter constantly striving for improvements and novelties, and one of them is a smartphone 'Pitter Ap', allowing to be informed real-time about the latest charter- and regatta news and offers. The charter section contains all information to plan for the most enjoyiable sailing holidays, from charter boat details, location of boat, availability, prerequisits, long- and short-time weather forecasts, etc. The regatta section is conceived as regatta calendar with all details how to enrol as or join a Pitter racing team. The report (german) (PDF).
Industry News – Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Tuesday, February 21, 2012   
Bluboats is currently building a brand new blu30 semi custom yacht. The day-sailor comes with an eye-catching teak deck, a carbon rig and park avenue boom, an electro-hydraulic trim system and a state-of-the-art electric saildrive. A smart deck layout in combination with a gennaker chute system allow for single handed or small crew sailing. The elegant nine meter yacht will be delivered this may at the Swiss Lake Lucerne. More....
Industry News – Friday, October 29, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010   
Revenue rose, but profits fell in the third quarter at West Marine and the retailer saw its operating results decline after seven quarters of improvement. Net revenue was $172.5 million for the 13-week period that ended Oct. 2, an increase of 2.6 percent from $168.2 million in the same quarter a year earlier. Comparable-store sales for the Watsonville, Calif.-based company rose $5.2 million, or 3.7 percent. A driver of this growth was gains in sales to wholesale customers through the company's stores. Net income was $7.4 million, or 32 cents a share, compared with $8.5 million, or 38 cents a share, a year earlier. For the year to date, earnings per share were $1.44, compared with $1.13 for the same period last year. Income before taxes for the quarter was $7.6 million, a decrease of $1.3 million, or 14.8 percent, from $9 million a year earlier. The release.
Industry News – Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010   
Results of a boating industry survey of 432 dealers indicate that the market at retail is bottoming but not yet rebounding. On most measures of performance, business trends remain tough. New boat sales are still weak and dealers remain concerned about the credit environment and profitability levels. At the same time, the used boat market continues to strengthen, and dealer feedback suggests that this is more of a reflection of true demand than distressed selling activity. Second, the level and aging of dealer inventory appears to be in very good shape. Third, while still depressed, readings on financing, profitability and dealer sentiment are moving in a more positive direction. The release.
Industry News – Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010   
West Marine announced the recipients of their first annual Marine Conservation Grants program. Grants for a total amount of $30,000 are being awarded to non-profit organizations throughout the U.S. who are working to "improve and protect marine habitat," which is part of West Marine's mission. The nine winners: California & Hawaii: The Ocean Foundation Tag-a-Giant Fund; Huntington Beach, Calif.: Get Inspired; Sebastian, Fort Pierce, Indian River Lagoon, Fla.: Marine Cleanup Initiative, Inc; Jacksonville Fla.: Think It, Sink It, Reef It (TISRI); New Orleans La.: Marine Research and Assistance Council and Friends of the West End; South Carolina & Texas: Coastal Conservation Association (CCA); Orange County, Calif.: Ocean Defenders Alliance (ODA); Get the details (PDF).
Industry News – Thursday, September 30, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010   (Image © Skagit Valley College)
Feel like working with boats, on boats, in boats? Perhaps as a builder, designer or marine technician? Well there's a wealth of career choices and the curricula of education to match, i.e. one- or two-year technical programs that BoatUS wants you to know about. They just added a new list of marine trade schools community colleges and accredited certification programs to their Guide to Marine Education programs on their Web site.
Industry News – Friday, July 16, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010   
West Marine today reported net sales of US$233.4m for its second quarter ended July 3, 2010, an 8.4 per cent increase over the same period a year ago. Same-store sales increased by 9.4 per cent, or US$17.3m, and stores opened in 2009 generated an additional US$8.8m.
In specific categories, sales in its Store segment rose US$18.2m, or 9.2 per cent, to US$212.7m, while Port Supply increased sales by US$0.4m, or 4.3 per cent, to US$9.3m. Net sales of its Direct Segment fell by US$0.4m, or 2.9 per cent, to US$11.5m.
West Marine CEO Geoff Eisenberg said that unusually warm weather in the US northeast prompted boaters to prepare their boats early. The company also noticed an impact by the Gulf oil spill in the southeastern US. "During the second quarter, we experienced a decrease in sales of products typically used by recreational boaters and fishermen," he said. "However, this was almost completely offset by sales of products which appear to be connected with fighting the oil spill." The full release.
Industry News – Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Tuesday, July 6, 2010   
The Center for Wooden Boats (CWB), the hands-on maritime museum and sailing activity center on South Lake Union won the distinction of "outstanding year round program” for 2009 by the US Sailing's Community Sailing Council. Aside from boat building workshops and speakers events, CWB also offers free Sunday sails, youth and adult sailing lessons and field trips for children. More than 100,000 youth and adults participate in CWB programs each year. If anyone is concerned about saving sailing, check out CWB as an inspiration or to talk to director Dick Wagner.
 
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