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Comment: Training is going to play an increasingly vital role

Posted Friday, February 28th, 2014

Ed Slack, editor IBI magazine
Ed Slack, editor IBI magazine

The fact is recruiting skilled factory floor personnel – engineers, carpenters, electricians – is a lot harder than it should be

MarineMax reports 16% drop in same-store sales

Posted Thursday, April 24th, 2014

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MarineMax today reported sales of US$136.6m for its second fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2014. That compares to sales of US$160.0m compared to a year ago. The company reported a net loss of US$2.0m compared to net income of US$344,000 a year ago.
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West Marine reports slight sales decline

Posted Thursday, April 24th, 2014

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West Marine today reported sales of US$113.3m for its first quarter ended March 29, 2014, a 0.8% decrease compared to the same period a year ago. The national marine accessories chain had a net loss of US$11.0m compared to US$9.7m a year ago. Same-stor…

Fiskars moves office and rationalises Buster production

Posted Thursday, April 24th, 2014

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Fiskars, the Finnish producer of Buster aluminium boats, is to rationalise its boat production. Six people will lose their jobs when the company’s sales, marketing and product development teams move from Helsinki to the town of Reso in western…

India’s West Coast Marine Yacht Services expands into boatbuilding with launch of JJ 22

Posted Thursday, April 24th, 2014

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Mumbai-based West Coast Marine Yacht Services has produced India’s first production family sailing cruiser, which was officially launched in Mumbai Harbour in March 2014.
According to director Aashim Mongia: “We have developed the JJ 22 specificall…

Rio Boat Show 2014 review: Challenging times ahead for Brazilian market

Posted Thursday, April 24th, 2014

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The mood at the Rio Boat Show, which drew to a close on April 15th after a seven-day run, reflected the recent downturn in the Brazilian market. Held at Marina da Gloria, in Guanabara Bay, this year’s show featured nearly 100 exhibitors with 67 boats…

Sanlorenzo launches ‘O’

Posted Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

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Italian superyacht builder Sanlorenzo has launched its first SD112 motoryacht, a 33.6m (110ft) semi-displacement composite vessel called O.
The launch ceremony was attended by the yacht’s new owner, who came from Central America with his family and…

Yacht centre opens in Phuket

Posted Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

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A yacht centre in Phuket, Thailand, opened on Monday for a two-week trial period. The long-awaited centre, two years behind schedule, will be the main entry point for visiting yachts to Phuket and the local region. It cost 70m baht…

Hank Keene to retire from Edson International

Posted Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

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Hank Keene, co-owner and general manager of Edson International, has announced his retirement. The industry veteran retired from the Massachusetts company on March 25. Hank and his brother, Will Keene, purchased the company in 1989.
A statement from th…

Marina Manager sought for Adriatic

Posted Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

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Marina Manager Position
On behalf of a client organisation, Marina Projects Ltd is seeking an exceptional individual to fulfil the role of Marina Manager at an established marina in the Adriatic region
Role & responsibilities:
• Responsible for the overall management of the marina
• Ensure exceptional levels of customer service
• Maximise potential revenue from available berthing and marine related assets
• Lead, motivate and…

True Heading receives major order from France

Posted Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

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Sweden’s True Heading has received a major order from Furuno France for Class B AIS transponders. The total value is approximately €44,000, which makes it the largest single order for True Heading concerning Class B AIS for one customer.
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