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Wellcraft expands its dealer network in Alabama

Wellcraft has added Alabama-based Gulf Coast Boat Sales as the newest addition to its distribution channel. “We look forward to working with Hank Miner and the team at Gulf Coast Boats as they will be a pivotal role in the future success and circulation of our Wellcraft products in Alabama and its surrounding area,” said Andy Lindsay, vice president of ...

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Recreational Fishing Alliance opposes longliner return to Florida’s East Coast

The National Marine Fisheries Service recently announced that it had approved an Exempted Fishing Permit that would allow commercial longline vessels to re-enter the Florida East Coast Closed Zone and target swordfish. The Closed Zone, established in 2001, was created to primarily protect juvenile swordfish as well as other species killed as by catch in the longline fishery that was ...

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Powerboat registrations up 5 percent through June 2017

The National Marine Manufacturer Association's New Powerboat Registrations Report has been updated through June, and advance data show new powerboat registrations were up 5 percent year-over-year for the rolling 12-month period through June. Highlights from the report include: Nearly all segments were up through June (R12M YOY). Growth in registrations was led by the following segments: jet boats (up 10.9 percent), tow ...

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Iconic Marine Group welcomes “Hull Whisperer” Reggie Fountain

Last August, Iconic Marine Group announced its plans to restructure several boat brands, including Baja Marine, Donzi, Donzi Classic, Fountain Powerboats and Pro-Line. A year later, the company is getting ready to flesh out an additionally impressive announcement about joining ranks with powerboat racing’s King of Offshore. “When it comes to making a boat go, there’s nobody better than Reggie ...

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Tohatsu America announces three new outboard models

Tohatsu America Corporation has announced the debut of its new MFS20E, MFS15E and MFS9.9E outboard models, which will hit the market in early September. New innovations allowed Tohatsu to build the lighter outboards, which feature improved performance with low noise, low vibration and ease of use. And with overall weight decreasing, the three new outboards feature improved torque and top-end ...

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Century Boats adds new dealer in South Carolina

Century Boats has expanded in South Carolina with the addition Matthews Marine, in Bluffton, S.C. Previously, Matthews Marine was a Century dealer from 2002 to 2009. “From its location in Bluffton, Matthews Marine is well-positioned to serve the region’s active boating communities from Hilton Head to Savannah,” said Bryan Lucius, president of Century Boats. “Matthews Marine has a long history ...

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Water Sports Industry Association launches “Wake Responsibly” campaign

In an effort to proactively educate drivers on courteous boating behavior, the Water Sports Industry Association has debuted its Wake Responsibly campaign to help minimize conflicts on waterways between homeowners and towed water sports enthusiasts. WSIA and NMMA are spreading the word about the new campaign by sharing a video. To learn more about the Wake Responsibly campaign, visit the WSIA website.

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Brunswick completes move into new corporate headquarters

Brunswick Corporation has moved into its new corporate headquarters offices in the Woodland Falls Corporate Center at 26125 North Riverwoods Road, Ste. 500, Mettawa, IL. Since 1993, the company had been based in the Conway Park office complex in nearby Lake Forest, Ill.  Brunswick, which was founded in 1845 in Cincinnati, has been headquartered in the Chicago area since 1847. Occupying ...

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Alumacraft 2017 dealer meeting draws 400 attendees

Alumacraft's 2017 dealer meeting included dealers, vendors and industry leaders from as far away as Sweden, Russia and the Netherlands. “It’s great to bring so many members of the Alumacraft family together in one place to celebrate, share ideas, and forward our vision for 2018 and beyond,” said Alumacraft President James Irwin. The 2017 Alumacraft Dealer Meeting was held Aug. ...

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Skeeter Boats’s new trailer factory helps hone vertical integration strategy

Skeeter Boats’s new trailer factory in Kilgore, Texas, is helping Yamaha hone its vertical integration strategy. Construction of the facility was completed last December. The first trailer prototypes came off of the line early this year, said Jeff Stone, senior vice president, Skeeter Boats, Inc. Kilgore Economic Development Corporation deeded two tracts of land to Skeeter Boats through an agreement with the company. ...

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