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U.S. boat sales strong heading into show season

As the industry prepares for a busy winter boat show season – a crucial selling period – National Marine Manufacturers Association announced this week that unit sales of new powerboats are expected to be up 6 percent in 2017, marking an estimated 260,000 new powerboats sold last year. As consumer confidence continues to rise and boat manufacturers introduce products and ...

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Heyday grows lineup with the all-new WT-Surf

Heyday has introduced the WT-Surf, the latest and largest addition to its line of wake sports boats. The new boat features a 17-person capacity and dual-console arrangement. With an overall length of 25 feet, 1 inch, the WT-Surf has a running surface of 23 feet, 6 inches. “We listen to boaters’ wants and needs, and we keep innovating new ways ...

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Center for Sportfishing Policy names new government relations leader

The Center for Sportfishing Policy (CSP), the nation’s leading advocate for saltwater recreational anglers, is pleased to announce Nicole Vasilaros as the new chairwoman of its Government Relations Committee – a CSP committee made up of recreational fishing and boating stakeholders focused on improving federal marine fisheries management policies. Vasilaros, vice president of federal and legal affairs for the National ...

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Sweden’s Dometic closes $875 million SeaStar Solutions acquisition

Dometic has closed a $875 million acquisition of marine steering and control systems manufacturer SeaStar Solutions. The deal was fully financed via cash and committed bank facilities, and included $7 million in transaction costs, Dometic stated in a news release. Return on investment is estimated to be above cost of capital within three years. The acquisition closed Dec. 15, Domestic ...

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Skier’s Marine Southeast opens location in Oakwood, Georgia

President Rett Tyler, founder of Skier's Marine, Inc., has announced the opening of Skier's Marine Atlanta. Tyler said Skier's Marine Atlanta seeks to improve the Georgia boat ownership experience through talented customer centric personnel and relationships with brand partners, MasterCraft Boat Co. and Smoker Craft, Inc. The Atlanta location announcement follows the formation of the newly incorporated Skier’s Marine Southeast, ...

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Tidewater Boats expanding Lexington County operations

Tidewater Boats  is growing its Lexington County operations with a new satellite facility to build larger saltwater boats. To accommodate the production of larger models, the company is investing $8.3 million and creating 100 new jobs. Founded in 2006, Tidewater Boats has grown from five models 10 years ago to 24 models today. Boat sizes range from 17 to 32 ...

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Chaparral, Robalo Boats names new marketing director

Chaparral and Robalo Boats has appointed Ryan Swaims as its new marketing director. Swaims holds a degree in computer science and has been an employee of Chaparral and Robalo for three years as digital and creative manager. During that time, Swaims has championed the interactive and mobile friendly website redesign, Easy Order System, //DRIVR virtual reality experience, and various printed ...

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Marine Trades Association of Maryland elects board

The Marine Trades Association of Maryland has elected John Norton, Annapolis Harbor Boatyard, to a two-year term president. "I look forward to serving with this diverse group and working together to promote Maryland’s marine industry and its professional and boating interests," Norton said. "Maryland is the best destination for recreational boating as well as those working in the maritime industry ...

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Marine engine manufacturers meet new CARB deputy chief

Representatives from the Engine Manufacturers Division Technical Committee recently met with Steve Cliff, the newly appointed deputy chief executive director of the California Air Resources Board. In his role related to the marine industry, Cliff oversees both the El Monte and Sacramento program offices that regulate and certify exhaust and evaporative emissions from marine engines and recreational vessels. Attending the ...

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Miami International Boat Show Innovation Awards deadline is Jan. 8

Entries are being accepted through Monday, Jan. 8, for the 2018 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show Innovation Awards. Ensure your innovative new product gets the recognition it deserves. Winners will be announced at the Innovation Breakfast on Friday, Feb. 16 in the Center Courtyard of the show. The Innovation Award program is managed by NMMA and judged by Boating ...

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