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Q&A with Joe Curran, COO, Iconic Marine Group

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Earlier this year, the Iconic Marine Group announced plans to restructure several boat brands, including Baja Marine, Donzi, Donzi Classic, Fountain Powerboats and Pro-Line. Joe Curran, former managing partner at Crest Marine, has been named COO of the company, and will be based in the Washington, N.C., facility. Curran was part of the team that relaunched the Crest pontoon brand ...

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Deck boats continue to appeal to boaters

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Seating more passengers than a bowrider and easier to tow than a pontoon, deck boats continue to appeal to boaters Designed to blend the generous seating capacity and family-friendly layout of a pontoon boat with the familiar look and easy trailering of a traditional runabout, deck boats would appear to offer boaters an ideal compromise between practicality and performance. They ...

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VIDEO: Honda demos new engines at Lake Lanier media event

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Honda Marine showed off its latest products at a media event on Georgia's Lake Lanier Monday. New this year were the three four-stroke outboards, the new BF4 (4 hp) and BF6 (6 hp) 4-stroke outboards, along with a redesigned BF5 (5 hp) model. The engines made their public debut at the Newport Boat Show. Honda emphasized the convenience and ease ...

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Weekly 5: Canadian outboard engine shipments up 18 percent

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The BI Weekly 5 is a collection of tips, news and data affecting the boating industry this week. Be sure to look for the BI Weekly 5 every week on BoatingIndustry.com. 1. NMMA: Canadian outboard engine shipments up 18 percent Wholesale shipments of outboard engines in Canada for NMMA’s control group of manufacturers were up 18 percent R12M YOY through ...

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Economic Snapshot: Builder confidence at 11-year high

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The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI) surged in September, rising to its highest level since before the housing market crash. And while housing starts were down this month, they are still up year over year. Housing Market Index Builder confidence jumped six points to 65 in September, up from a downwardly revised August reading of ...

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Survey: Attitudes on new markets little changed

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Those working in the boating industry are still much more concerned about bringing younger buyers into the market than they are about attracting non-white buyers, according to the latest Boating Industry reader survey. We surveyed readers of Boating Industry’s print and digital products, including dealers, manufacturers, suppliers and others working in the boating industry in August to learn more about ...

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Weekly 5: Idaho boat builder indicted on fraud charges

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The BI Weekly 5 is a collection of tips, news and data affecting the boating industry this week. Be sure to look for the BI Weekly 5 every week on BoatingIndustry.com. 1. Idaho boat builder indicted on fraud charges Christopher Bohnenkamp, former owner of Bohnenkamp’s Whitewater Customs, Inc. and Treasure Valley Marine, Inc., was indicted last week by a federal ...

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Boat sales growth continues to slow in August report

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Boat sales are still up over the previous 12 months, but the growth rate continued to slow in August, according to the latest Info-Link Bellwether report. The Bellwether report tracks sales of powerboats across the country based on new U.S. boat registrations on a rolling 12-month basis. Bellwether states are geographically dispersed states representing roughly half of the US boat ...

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