January 2004 - NC Marine TradeWinds Newsletter
SBTDC NC Marine Trades Services
-Mike Bradley, Editor
A number of boating representatives from
east coast states briefed Congressional members and staff on the growing
problem of dredging needs along the Intracoastal Waterway. NC Congressman
Mike McIntyre’s Chief of Staff, Dean Mitchell, helped the Atlantic
Intracoastal Waterway Association put the meeting together, according to
Rosemary M. Lynch of AIWA. Kelly Cayer of Representative Walter Jones’
office also attended along with 16 legislators and staff. An economic
development study and a new Congressional Caucus are being planned, with
Congressman McIntyre’s office taking the lead on the Caucus formation.
More will information will be provided as it becomes available. Visit our
site for ongoing NC information. NCwaterways.com
– waterfront issues and the AIWA site for Congressional contact
The above dredging issue is an example
where NC needs an active marine trades/marina association. For those
business owners/managers who have indicated interest – thank you. We
will be working to solve this issue in February. If you haven’t provide
comments, do so soon: Mike Bradley Mbradley@SBTDC.org
No NC peanuts (our trademark booth handout) or NC
Coastal Boating Guides (we handed out over 2,000 maps in 2003) at the
Miami show this year… all a matter of funds. We wish the best to the 30+
NC exhibitors and we will be planning to work with you in Miami in 2005.
is that this newsletter and the NCwaterways.com
website are entirely produced and maintained by a state agency program –
the SBTDC NC Marine Trades Services. The site refers users to over 3,500
NC marine businesses (each company can access their data to update), and
has about 5,000 unique web visitors per month. This newsletter is sent to
2,000 NC businesses by email and 800 by fax. Our funding to maintain and
manage this effort is limited. A $25.00 tax-deductible business donation
check made out to the SBTDC (Small Business and Technology Development
Center) and sent to P.O. Box 406, Beaufort, NC 28516 would go a long way.
facilities falling under SIC codes 373 (boatyards and boatbuilders) and
4493 (marinas) need an NC Stormwater Permit (General permit NCG190000)
unless there is no exposure of process materials or industrial activities
to rainwater. If there is, then the facility also requires a Stormwater
Pollution Prevention Plan (SPPP) mandated by the permit. The Plan
should identify all point source stormwater outfalls, address reduction of
exposure of materials and activities to stormwater, and specify
operational best management practices (BMPs) for such activities as
sanding and grinding, spray painting, and pressure washing. The rub
is that there appear to be few, if any, BMP solutions other than
recirculation systems that meet the water quality criteria.
NC190000 Permit and the SPPP forms and process are not simple. To gain an
overview, see our marina / boatyard section from the Business Assistance Tab
over our Clean Marine Best Management Practices from that page or click
are consulting firms that provide assistance and, in many cases, do the
paperwork, but we are just now compiling a list of NC companies that
provide these services. If you can forward known/tested consulting company
references, please email us. North Carolina companies only.
The February 2004 issue of Soundings Trade Only has an article by Melanie Winters entitled "Now is the time to act on MACT" which covers most of the questions asked by mid-size, composite boatbuilders. The article is NOT available on their website, but you may be able obtain it at Sounding's Subscription site. (Soundings is free to marine businesses). The referenced EPA site information is found at: www.epa.gov/ttn/atw/boat/boatpg.html - also found our site's Boat Builders page.
NC boat builders attending the Miami show may want to
consider attending or sending a representative to the NMMA Environmental
Committee meeting on Wednesday, February 11, 2004 from 11:30 am until 1:00
pm in room A-105 at the convention center. The reason: networking with national boat builder regulatory
representatives, discussing and learning about upcoming regulatory and
safety issues that will influence boating. These include MACT full
compliance, evaporative emissions, National Institute for Occupational
Safety and Health (NIOSH) plans to revise the engineering control
technology information on styrene emissions from boat building issue, and
a range of topics brought up by committee members and visitors. It is a
good opportunity to see where NMMA resources are working on behalf of the
industry. John McKnight will welcome you, but it is a good idea to give
him a call at this new number (202) 737-9757 or by email at email@example.com.
The January/February Boat & Motor Dealer
awarded Chatlee Boat and Marine it’s 2003 Dealer of the Year
award and made the Chatlee team the cover photo, providing a five-page
article on the Sanford dealer. The company, owned by Robbie and Jeff Yow,
has been in business for 36 years, employs 35, maintains an inventory of
250 boats and has its own test lake. Information at www.chatleeboats.com.
The February 2004 edition of Professional BoatBuilder
magazine features a six-page article on Jarrett Bay Boatworks of
Beaufort. The article details the history of the builder and its boats –
including its new 32-foot fiberglass – as well as a discussion of the
builder’s 30-acre marine industrial park and the growth of the park’s
marine tenants. www.jarrettbay.com.
The NC Marine TradeWinds newsletter,
strives to keep readers aware of articles on NC marine businesses that
appear in national and international media. If you will bring these to our
attention to this, we will reference them as in the above article. You may fax the articles to 252-728-6988 – be sure to
follow up with a phone call.
With several editions under its belt, it appears this
new NC boating magazine is making a home on the tables of boaters across
the state. The magazine is a “slick” picture and article magazine
providing stories on people, boating lifestyles and boats for the power
boaters across the state. Kudos
to publisher and co-founder, John Ballantyne of Greensboro and Beaufort.
For more information, go to www.ncboatinglifestyle.com.
Boat Show, Raleigh Civic Center, Raleigh, NC January 29- February 1, 2004, Mid-Atlantic
Boat Show in Charlotte February 5-8, 2004, Carolina
Power & Sailboat Show in Raleigh February 20-22, 2004 and the Central
Carolina Boat Show in Greensboro February 27-29, 2004.
known to many as LegCon, this annual NMMA event should be on your
calendar. Participants meet to learn the intricacies of communicating with
our legislators related to the boating industry and can set up meetings to
visit with their senators and representatives. Participants also interact
with the Congressional Boating Caucus, consisting of an informal,
bipartisan group of members of Congress concerned with issues affecting
boating, recreation and the marine industry. Issues include: promoting
recreational fishing, uniformity of standards, protecting boater access to
public waterways, ensuring sound science-based regulatory policies, and
opposing the imposition of new taxes on marine-related goods and
manufacturing. For information and registration, www.nmma.org/abc/.
Boaters can claim a refund for taxed fuel used in
off-highway uses in 2003. They can pull down forms from the following
site, although these still only have 2003 forms. Just cross out the 2003
and pen in 2004 in the forms – www.dor.state.nc.us/downloads/motor.html
for instructions. The phone number for the state’s tax office is
Wilmington's North Carolina Mack Boring facility has announced a major expansion project. By adding 4.5 acres of land for a new facility, the company hopes to meet a growing need to accommodate sales growth and larger engine and component handling requirements. According to president Ned McGovern, "we stated in NC handling 350 hp engines and now we sell and service 900 hp equipment." Steve McGovern, vice president, heads up the Wilmington facility and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. See company information at www.mackboring.com.
The Marine Trades Services is a program of the Small Business Technology Development Center (SBTDC). The SBTDC is a business development service of The University of North Carolina operated in partnership with the US Small Business Administration.