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Center for Coastal Conservation becomes Center for Sportfishing Policy

The Center for Coastal Conservation has changed its name to the Center for Sportfishing Policy. The new name more accurately reflects the center’s purpose, which is to organize, focus and engage recreational fishing stakeholders to shape federal marine fisheries management policies, the center's leaders said. “Under the new name, the Center for Sportfishing Policy will continue to advocate for sound ...

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NMMA joins forces with outdoor groups to create Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable

NMMA has joined forces with more than 10 other outdoor recreation groups, representing nearly 90 percent of the outdoor economy, to call attention to the collective breadth and positive impact of our nation’s recreation and outdoor industry. The outdoor recreation industry contributes approximately $646 billion per year to Gross Domestic Product, about 4 percent of the entire U.S. economy.1 The ...

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Torqeedo powers BBC boat on Amazon River for documentary

Torqeedo, an electric marine propulsion provider, worked with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) to power its natural history documentary team's boat on the Amazon River. There, they filmed pink river dolphins in the water and jaguars on shore, for its latest "Planet Earth II" series. It will be presented by Sir David Attenborough on BBC One, beginning November 2016, and ...

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Yachts Miami Beach gets new look and layout for 2017

The 29th annual Yachts Miami Beach will introduce a new look and layout designed to deliver superior guest and exhibitor experiences at the 2017 event. The yacht show is set to take place from Feb. 16-20 on Collins Avenue, across from the Fontainebleau and Eden Roc hotels. Show Management and the International Yacht Brokers Association (IYBA), which co-own the show, ...

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Vesconite appoints new marine representative

Vesconite has appointed Sharon Mc Ardle as its new marine representative. Company CEO Dr. Jean-Patrick Leger made the announcement. Mc Ardle comes to the position from the industrial side of Vesconite sales and, according to the company, is well versed in the polymers' performance qualities and specifications. "I welcome the challenge of selling into the marine industry," she said. "From ...

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Phoenix Trailers becomes Load Rite Trailers distributor

Expanding its offerings to boat dealers throughout the Midwest and South into the panhandle of Florida, Phoenix Trailers has become a Load Rite Trailers distributor. This comes on the heels of opening its new assembly facility in Tennessee. Load Rite's volume-oriented line of adjustable trailers, including its value-priced 5-STARR series, complements Phoenix Trailers' offerings. The partnership was made to offer ...

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ABYC seeks support for outboard donation program on #GivingTuesday

The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) has joined #GivingTuesday, which is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving to kick off the holiday giving season. The ABYC Foundation is once again partnering with BRP Evinrude to give outboard engines to organizations in need. Upon necessary financial support, the nonprofit organization West & Rhode Riverkeeper, Inc. will receive the outboard ...

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Smoker Craft mourns John Babbitt, international sales manager

John Babbitt, Smoker Craft's international sales manager, passed away last week. The company submitted the following obituary to Boating Industry. Smoker Craft Inc. is saddened to announce the passing of its much-beloved international sales manager, John Babbitt. John, 69, passed away at his home in Indianapolis late last week. A graduate of the University of Maine and the Thunderbird International ...

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MasterCraft launches lifestyle website

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MasterCraft on Wednesday introduced its dedicated online lifestyle portal, The Craft. The site (craftlife.com) creates a lifestyle connection through shopping, stories, personalities, products and ultimately the fun of boating, the company said. “The Craft reflects our customers’ experiences both on and beyond the boat,” said Jay Povlin, MasterCraft vice president of sales and marketing. “Our customers are active people who ...

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MyTaskit launches new market for task coordination in Great Lakes Region

MyTaskit, provider of task coordination and business management software solutions, announced that CenterPointe Yacht Services and Gage Marine have joined the company’s Phase II Customer Development Site program. The partnership program is designed to give participating dealers marketing and technical support, as well as advanced ROI metrics. The program is open to marine service businesses that meet criteria for industry representation, are committed ...

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