NSBA 2013 ConferenceThere are still a few seats available for the NSBA Marine Industry Conference this week at the Lord Nelson Hotel in downtown Halifax. The sessions run on March 7th and 8th, 2013.

Five internationally-renown speakers – all of whom were featured at the recent IBEX 2012 – will be talking on topics ranging from new and emerging marine electrical technologies to the design and construction of lightweight plywood boats.

Program outline:
Thursday, March 7th from 7pm – 10pm    Evening Industry Reception at Lord Nelson Hotel and Suites

Central Ontario Boat ShowThe Central Ontario Boat Show & Sale just concluded its third successful boat show. The show ran Family Day Weekend, February 15-18 at the Careport Centre in Hamilton. Overall attendance was 23,191, a slight 3% dip from 2012, however, crowds were still very strong.

Figures showed that while Saturday’s attendance was down slightly, Friday, Sunday and particularly Monday were very strong show days as compared to the 2012 recorded attendance.  Dealers reported to show management that a combined total of 118 boats were sold on the show floor which is an increase of 12% from 2012 show floor sales, with many dealers confident in after show sales expected to close in the near future from the show.

Trojan BatteryFrost & Sullivan (a research and consulting firm) has and awarded Trojan Battery its 2013 Manufacturing Leadership 100 Award (ML100) in the category of “Innovative Enterprise.”

Trojan Battery was recognized for its innovative use of technology and equipment at its Lithonia, Ga. manufacturing facility.  Since the manufacture of deep-cycle batteries takes precision, accuracy and succinct methods to ensure the proper assembly of the delicate internal components, Trojan implemented specially designed Cast-On-Strap (COS) equipment to ensure the proper placement and connectivity of deep-cycle battery features

Removable PouchesMany boat owners and their passengers need extra places to store small items so they don't get lost or thrown off the vessel during higher speed.  Accon Marine's Quick Store System lets users attach small, mesh storage pockets to their Accon Quick Release Drink Holders, creating convenient storage space on deck.

Durable and breathable, these pockets are constructed from water repellant, vinyl-coated polyester mesh fabric.  Antimicrobial properties make the Quick Store System resistant to mold and mildew.  The pouches also feature Sunbrella™ acrylic binding and UV-resistant thread, while the straps

Marine MuseumThe Maritime Museum of BC in Victoria hosts the 10th annual Massive Marine Garage Sale, as a fundraiser for the Museum.

Participants may rent tables inside the customs building or sell from their vehicles along the cruise ship dock. Small boats may be brought in on trailers. Set up is from 3pm to 6pm on Friday April 19th or 7am to 8.30am Saturday. Early birds $25 before April 15th $35 after that date.

METS logoCompanies wishing to book stand space at METS 2013 should reserve space by 1st March 2013 in order to qualify for the early bird discount and save up to 15%.
 
“Exhibitor bookings are up 20% compared to the same time last year,” confirms METS Domain Manager, Irene Dros. “We really urge companies to book space as early as possible as after March 1st, we start final allocation of stands and last year’s stand may no longer be available.”
 
Interested parties can check out the application procedure on metstrade.com including stand packages. Package deals are available including catering and deluxe furniture.

Beneteau LogoBeneteau America announced the appointment of Powerboat Sales Manager Justin Joyner during the Miami boat show. Joyner previously worked for Beneteau’s preferred finance partner, SGB North America, and therefore brings his expertise of retail and wholesale financing to the Beneteau America team.
The expansion of the sales organization will also improve support for theexpanding dealer network. “Supplementing our established team with Justin’s marine financing background will strengthen Beneteau America’s ability to help our dealer network get more deals closed,” commented Laurent Fabre, President of Beneteau America. “We expect 2013 will be an important year for Beneteau Powerboats as we continue to build our

CMPCMP just completed its most successful booking program ever. The company reported a 108% increase in orders over its 2012 booking season. 
President John Mitchell made the announcement. New products, year-end promotions and marketing strategies contributed to the increased customer demand. In the past year, CMP expanded its offerings of Martyr anodes and Octopus drives, while adding dock lines, anchor rodes, fender lines and shackles to its Titan product range. A global PR program, updated website, increased boat show presence worldwide and collaborative marketing also played a role in the success.

Montreal Boat Show 2013Despite the terrible weather on February 9th, the Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show, held from February 7th to 10th at Place Bonaventure, ended on a high note with 2.5 - 5% increase in attendance compared to the previous year. This attendance rate reinforces last years which had a remarkable increase of 25% (nearly 30,000 visitors).
 
Presented by the Quebec Marine Association, the Montreal Boat and Water Sports Show is the largest event of its kind in Quebec with more than 400 models of boats and over 275 exhibitors (10% more than in previous years). The 2013 Show has been diversified in order to fully satisfy all

Taku Hatch Fan500 CFM Air Blast Exchange Mode exchanges stale cabin air in minutes.  The Caframo® Taku Hatch Fan has been chosen by West Marine as one of its top six most innovative products for 2013.

The announcement was made at a press conference hosted by the USA’s largest retailer of boating equipment and accessories at the 2013 Miami International Boat Show.  Winner of a 2013 Pittman Innovation Award, the 12-volt Taku is designed to provide both powerful ventilation to remove hot, stale air from the cabin and quiet circulation to move air throughout.

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