In an effort to help dealers and boatyards in these difficult and uncertain economic times, Pettit Marine Paint said it has introduced a cash-back rebate on Vivid and Hydrocoat products, which is effective now through March 2010. Participating dealers and boatyards will receive a cash rebate of $10 for each gallon and $2.50 for each quart of Vivid and Hydrocoat purchased. To receive these debates, dealers must sign up for the program and agree to the terms, including a 30-gallon minimum purchase during the rebate period. There’s a limit of one entry per dealer and it must be postmarked by April 2010.
Discount marine outfitting company Defender Industries is now offering Orca Green Marine Technology Corp.’s LED navigation lights to its marine customers, the manufacturer reported in a statement.
The third annual Greenwich Harbor Yacht Showcase, Oct. 2-4, at the Delamar Hotel in Greenwich, Conn., kicks off with the WOW! Walk On Water 2009 Friday evening benefit with special guest, comedian Robert Klein. The evening features yachts, exotic cars, silent and live auctions, music, dancing, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, “yacht hop” and preview party, according to organizers. Other special guests include Paul Callahan, CEO of Shake-A-Leg; NGO, two-time Golden Globes Champion (2008 & 2009); Liona Boyd, classical guitarist, singer and songwriter; Maureen McKinnon-Tucker, gold medalist from the 2008 Beijing Olympics and member of the U.S. Paralympic Sailing Team; and Gregory Harrington, violinist. All proceeds benefit Spinal Research whose focus is to find a cure for paralysis and Shake-A-Leg’s adaptive sailing program for the disabled. For more information, visit www.wowgetonboard.org.
YachtInfo — the alliance formed by ISS, MIASF and USSA and dedicated to the industry’s professional development — has unveiled the Curriculum of the Crew Seminars portion of its full day program on Oct. 30, which is available at www.usyachtinfo.com. The event is being held at the Bahia Mar. Following the educational portion of the event, a Captains Briefing and Cocktail Reception will take place. Registration opens Oct. 1 at www.usyachtinfo.com.
Scout Boats, Inc. has recently added two more national dealers to its current roster: Ocean Beach Marina (Lavallete, N.J.) and Quality Boat Sales (Clearwater, Fla.)
After an external ISO 9001 surveillance audit, Volvo Penta of the Americas had its current certification elevated to the latest revision, ISO 9001:2008. The audit conducted by Art Phillips with Lloyds Register Quality Assurance, Ltd. uncovered no findings, major or minor. “We were told it is somewhat unusual for the 2008 certification to be achieved on the first assessment, which was the case,” said Clint Moore, president and CEO. “During these difficult times, where we have all been forced to downsize our organizations, it is more important than ever that we maintain a steadfast commitment to our Business Management Systems.” Along with the ISO 9001:2008 Quality certification, the Chesapeake headquarters is also environmentally certified to ISO 14001:2004. Volvo Penta’s Marine Products facility in Lexington, Tenn., holds these certifications as well and is also OSHA 18001:2007 certified for Health and Safety.