Boating Issues Receiving National Media Attention
North Carolina is receiving quite a bit of media space in national trades and
boating magazines lately. This is likely to continue as more boating industry
companies make announcements about relocating to the state.
The May issue of BoatU.S. magazine
contained an article on readiness for the 2006 hurricane seasons entitled "Time
to Get Ready for Alberto, Beryl and Chris". Besides providing a list of all of
the 2006 names, it offers a number of suggestions from our NC Hurricane Plan and
examples and comments on contingency planning, readiness, and resources to help
Boating Access Issues
The June issue of Soundings Trade Only has a six-page article by Beth
Rosenberg titled "Access Denied" where marine industry representatives in
several states including North Carolina, Florida, the Great Lake states and
California are interviewed on the issue of waterfront development and how it may
be undermining "the industry efforts promoting the boating lifestyle."
Motor (Boat) City, USA
The June issue of Soundings Trade Only
has an informative five-page article entitled "Motor (Boat) City, USA" which
describes the strengths and attractiveness of NC locations for relocating marine
Southport Marina Issue in Association of Marina Industries E-newsletter
The national AMI NewsWatch for the week ending on June 2, 2006 (www.marinaassociation.org)
carried an article on the Southport Marina controversy.
Coastal Marina Corrections Needed NOW for Boating Guide Updates
Mike Woodard, a UNCW student working for us this summer, has been calling
every coastal marina in the 2005-2006 Coastal Boating Guide and verifying
the data currently displayed on the map. Please take time to look at the
2005-2006 edition and verify every item related to your marina in the map's
table. If you have not been contacted, call him at (252) 728-2804 or copy your
marina's information from the map with corrections and fax them to (252)
728-6988. Please provide us a company email address if you have one. We do not
share this address.
If you know of marinas or boatyards near your marina that provide public
boating services (such as fuel, transient slips, or repairs) that are NOT
on the map, please help us contact them.
Marine Industry Supports Pepsi Americas' Sail
A number of NC marine businesses will be in Beaufort supporting and
participating in the upcoming Pepsi Americas' Sail, a tall ships event
coming up at the end of the month (June 30 - July 4). These include:
Glen Raven Mills
(Sunbrella®), Hatteras Yachts,
Power Systems, Jarrett Bay
Boatworks, DNA Group,
Hickory Springs Marine Group,
Beaufort Docks, 70 West
For a look at the events, visit
Firms Involved in Multi-Agency Craft Conference
Jack Morrow of our Wilmington office attended the
2006 Multi-Agency Craft Conference (MACC) in Norfolk, VA, June 6-8. MACC is
an annual conference for developers, operators, and distributors of marine
military products such as boats and marine products with military applications.
Triumph Boats of Durham will have both a static display and be one of the
in-water boats on display. Both Fountain Powerboats and Hatteras
Yachts will also have vessels in the event, but are coupled with other
companies' technologies: Fountain with Twin Disc, Inc., and Hatteras with
Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) helps businesses obtain
contracts by providing comprehensive assistance in selling products and services
to local, state and federal government entities including military agencies.
Last year, our PTAC counselors helped NC companies obtain over $1.4 billion in
contract awards. If you want help getting on the GSA schedule or exploring other
contract opportunities, call Jack Morrow at (910) 962-3351 and he will work with
you to get PTAC assistance.
Registering with, and being listed on the Federal “GSA list” is becoming much
more important for suppliers wanting to do business with the Military. So
called “off the shelf” items that can be integrated into a military or law
enforcement applications with out extensive redesign or customization are being
evaluated and considered before most other procurement processes are started.
The Federal market for North Carolina marine products and services can grow
significantly if our manufacturers and suppliers make the considerable effort to
qualify to do business with the Military, even at the most basic GSA level. At
the present time one Florida recreational boat manufacturer is doing almost $12
million of business each year supplying basic hulls for integration into various
applications. To the best of our knowledge there is only one competing
manufacturer on the GSA list.
Grad Students Become Marine Industry Consultants
This past spring, a UNC graduate-level workshop class, entitled "Leveraging
Marine Trades in North Carolina's Water Counties", was designed around the loss
of waterfront access for boats and boating services and a shortage of qualified
workers in the industry. In conjunction with the Carteret County Economic
Development Office, eight UNC graduate students assessed a variety of challenges
and identified strengths that could be leveraged to enhance the growing Marine
Trades cluster in the region.
The students interviewed dozens of business representatives, utilizing
salary, business classifications, and a wide range of statistical resources, and
provided an eye-opening summary of marine industry issues for the counties
studied. The summary paper, the final draft report and the PowerPoint can be
found on our website at our
Working Waterfront and Water Access Page.
Changing Waterfronts: Coastal Access & Traditional Uses
NCSU's North Carolina Sea Grant hosted the a one-day forum June 5, 2006, in
New Bern. This one-day information session included sessions on how and why
waterfronts are changing, including cultural and economic factors, options for
communities and property owners, and innovative ways that other states are
dealing with similar issues.
During the Stakeholder Panel session in the morning, Mike Bradley provided an
overview on the loss of haulout repair services, transient and long-term public
slips, private ramps, and dockside fueling. He also explained how access loss
may affect hurricane preparedness and boat-owner insurance options. See a
summary of the event at our Working
Waterfront and Water Access Page.
Ethanol Fuel & Boat Fuel System Concerns
More information is appearing in the industry media on efforts to
determine if E-10 effects long and short term durability of boat fuel system
components. The ABYC, NMMA and USCG met and agreed that the US Coast Guard will
fund a study to look at various materials used in boat fuel systems - from an
NMMA note from
John McKnight. BoatU.S. also has sponsored several tests to find out more. See
Results of BoatU.S. Sponsored Fuel and Fiberglass Gas Tank Tests from the
group's Seaworthy website.
Fountain adopting Toyota cost-cutting system
As reported in Boating Industry on May 9, Fountain Powerboat
Industries engaged consultant Samuel R. McPherson to implement the Toyota
Production System (TPS) in its manufacturing facilities. TPS incorporates lean
manufacturing principles designed to provide best manufacturing practices and
eliminate waste, while improving productivity and efficiencies in the
manufacturing process. The goal of TPS is to eliminate seven types of waste:
defects, overproduction, transportation, waiting, inventory, motion and over
If you have questions about lean manufacturing or how to incorporate lean
manufacturing in your company, we can assist you. We can help you understand
what is involved, learn some of the first steps you might take, and give you
tips on how to approach potential paid consultants (our services are pre-paid by
your tax dollars). Call Bion Schulken in our Charlotte office at (704)
548-1090 ext 3347.
National Marina Day on August 12, 2006
The goal of National Marina Day is the education of politicians, civic
leaders and the public about the important role the marina industry plays in
cities and towns across the nation as family-friendly gateways to boating and
stewards of the environment. This goal is achieved through the promotion of
nationwide marina focused events with local flavor.
Make plans today to support this mission by planning a National Marina Day
event at your facility. Find helpful marketing information, such as ads and
promotional materials, in the resource kit on the
And a mixed message sidebar: Jim Frye has resigned from AMI as executive
director and joins
Vinings Marine Group in Virginia as its president. Jim has played a long
term role in helping us with NC marina and boatyard issues and has participated
in many NC MarineEXPO events and trade seminars at our request. The
up-side is that the Vinings operate Shallowbag Bay in Manteo so Jim won't be
entirely out of the picture in the state.