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Cobalt files contempt motion against Brunswick in Sea Ray case

Cobalt Boats, LLC, has filed a motion in federal court accusing Brunswick Corp.'s Sea Ray brand of violating an injunction order by continuing to infringe Cobalt's patent on its retractable swim step. Cobalt believes Sea Ray continues to infringe Cobalt's patent in the face of a jury finding that Sea Ray willfully infringed Cobalt's patent and a court order permanently ...

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NMMA hails new ethanol consumer education legislation

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is applauding Representatives Austin Scott (R-GA-08) and Lois Frankel (D-FL-21) for introducing the Consumer Protection and Fuel Transparency Act of 2018. The act requires the Environmental Protection Agency to expand consumer awareness on how to safely use fuel containing more than 10 percent ethanol. Since marine engines are prohibited from using fuel with more than 10 ...

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NMMA takes additional action on aluminum tariffs

The National Marine Manufacturers Association will testify before the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) 301 Committee to oppose the imposition of high and compounding tariffs on U.S. marine manufacturers. Today’s public hearing is part of USTR’s Section 301 investigation, which was initiated under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 to examine China’s unfair trade practices and continued infringement of ...

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Center for Sportfishing Policy elects new board members

The Center for Sportfishing Policy recently elected American Sportfishing Association President Glenn Hughes, Coastal Conservation Association Chairman Mitch Brownlee, Contender Boats President Joe Neber and Sportsman Boats President Tommy Hancock to serve on its board of directors. “CSP is blessed with so many energetic leaders involved with our organization,” said Jeff Angers, president of the Center for Sportfishing Policy. “We ...

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ABYC releases Spanish resources for marine technicians

The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) announces its Marine Electrical Certification study guide and exam are now available in Spanish. The marine industry is facing a growing workforce shortage of skilled technicians and the newly translated resources will ensure the inclusion of Spanish-speaking talent into ABYC’s certified technician program. “South Florida has a very large contingent of experienced Spanish-speaking ...

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Show organizers cancel 2019 London Boat Show

British Marine, which organizes and owns the London Boat Show, has announced that the 2019 show — due to run at ExCeL London from Jan. 9-13, 2019 — has been cancelled. This decision was made after independent research by Zing Insights showed there was insufficient support from a large proportion of the marine industry to the London Boat Show with ...

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AYBC announces component certification program

The American Boat & Yacht Council has announced a new component certification program that confirms the compliance of tested samples of marine components with the performance requirements in the current applicable ABYC standards. ABYC has partnered with the International Marine Certification Institute, an independent accredited certification body, to administer the component certification program globally. Components with valid certificates will gain ...

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American Boating Congress 2018 brings issues, leaders together

More than 250 attendees met with the nation’s leaders and participated in a variety of informative sessions and workshops throughout last week's American Boating Congress. The marine industry’s premier political and legislative event produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) shed a bright light on critical issues impacting the recreational boating industry, such as getting the Modern Fish Act ...

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EPA administrator, interior secretary speak at American Boating Congress

Fuel policy, fisheries and infrastructure were among top policies discussed during the final day of the 2018 American Boating Congress. Among the high profile speakers from Washington were special appearances by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. Pruitt addressed an audience at the opening of ABC’s final session. He recognized the ...

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The Boat House Group names Rick Gasaway as chief operating officer

Rick Gasaway joins The Boat House after serving as a board member since 2009 and more recently providing consulting and management support for the last 18 months. Gasaway will provide leadership and synchronicity to the company by focusing on an aggressive marketing strategy, building recurring revenue streams and implementing organizational and process efficiencies. "Rick has a tremendous amount of industry ...

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