In Brief: Malibu, MBIA, Shrinkit,, Marine Flotation Products, USA Water Ski

The last Malibu Corvette Limited Sport-V boat has motored off the assembly line and its production run is officially over, according to Malibu. The company says the Corvette, produced from December 2007 through November 2009, was the fastest production towboat ever created. About 50 boats were created during the boat’s production run. A few production Corvette boats remain available at select Malibu Boats dealerships.

Four marine businessmen were recently elected to serve as directors of the Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA), according to the group. Rob McCarthy, Lakeside Marine Group, and Greg Krueger, Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales, were re-elected by the regular members of the MBIA to serve second three-year terms as state-wide directors. Chris Lisowicz, North Shore Marina, was elected by the regular members in the southwest region of Michigan to serve as southwest region director for a three-year term. Jim Coburn, Flagstar Bank, was elected by the associate members of the MBIA to a new associate member director position, also for a three-year term. Eric Foster, Belle Maer Harbor, was appointed chairman for 2010. Rob McCarthy was appointed vice chair for 2010. Steve Remias, MacRay Harbor, Inc., was appointed secretary/treasurer for 2010. Other directors on the board include: Tom Haag, Colony Marine; Jim Adams, Freeway Sports Center, Inc.; Kathleen Torresen, Torresen Marine, Inc.; Steve Popkie, W.C. Beardslee, Inc.; and Kurt Hoffman, Windjammer Marina & Sport Center.

Shrinkit LLC has expanded its product line to include marine, the company reports. The Linden, N.J.-based company offers everything needed to wrap a boat for storage or transit. has announced the agendas for the Yacht Brokerage Universities to be held in Sarasota, Fla., on Dec. 8 and Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., on Dec. 10. Agenda items include: The yacht brokerage industry—in transition; How social media networking can help your business; Internet marketing techniques; What’s new in BoatWizard plus BoatWizard tips and tricks; What is customer relationship management (CRM); Beyond the basics —YachtWorld premium services.

Marine Flotation Products reports that it has encountered custom manufacturing requests in so many industry segments that it’s now willing to sell and/or license the patent-pending technology rights to its boatlift, the SlipLift, and its salvage products, the SalvageLift, Vessel-Retriever and Salvage-Retriever. “Instead of attempting to spread ourselves in too many directions at once, we think it’s best to offer other companies, which are better capable of commercializing and marketing our existing products, a chance to get in on the action, while we concentrate on the custom market,” Kim Oshinski, Marine Flotation Products president, said in a release.

USA Water Ski announced this week that Executive Director Steve Locke has submitted his resignation, effective Jan. 1. Locke, who has served as executive director of the water ski federation for the past two years, has accepted the position of executive director at USA Field Hockey in Colorado Springs, Colo. “USA Water Ski is a dynamic sports organization, and I am quite grateful for the vast amount of experience and friendships I have gained over the past two years,” Locke said in a release. “The organization will continue to be vibrant due to the high level of competence of the USA Water Ski staff. They are just the greatest and USA Water Ski will continue to roll on upwardly.”

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