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Smoker Craft mourns regional sales director Dan Robinson

Smoker Craft has shared the news of the passing of regional sales director Dan Robinson last weekend after a battle with cancer. The company provided the following obituary for Robinson: Dan was a valuable member of the Smoker Craft team. He will be remembered for his contagious energy, enthusiasm for boating and many product design ideas.  He was a friend to ...

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ORIR holds Capitol Hill briefings on growing the outdoor recreation economy

Outdoor recreation took center stage on Capitol Hill March 7. The Outdoor Recreation Industry Roundtable held briefings for staffers from both the U.S. House of Representatives and the United States Senate, introducing the newly formed organization itself and detailing the tremendous economic impact of outdoor recreation within the United States. ORIR representatives reported that outdoor recreation generates $646 billion in ...

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Atlantic City Boat Show attendance up 8 percent

Attendance at this year's Progressive Insurance Atlantic City Boat Show was up 8 percent this year, show organizers announced Wednesday. Attendance for the five-day show, which ended Sunday was reported at 38,164, up from 35,225 in 2016. Sunday saw the best attendance since 2008. Another contributing factor to the attendance increase, organizers said. was “Super Thursday,” a day created to ...

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Suntex Marinas acquires The Ridges Marina

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Suntex Marinas, an owner and operator of marina properties, announced that it has acquired The Ridges Marina. Under the new ownership this North Georgia property on Lake Chatuge will undergo extensive reinvestment in the coming year. "We are really looking forward to being part of the Suntex family of marinas,” said Michael Kennedy, general manager of The Ridges Marina. “Our ...

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Contender Boats announces new dealers

Contender Boats announced it has added the following new dealers to its network: Sportboats – Myers Beach, Fla. Staten Island Yacht Sales – Staten Island, N.Y. Sunrise Marine ­– Mary Esther, Fla. Sunrise Marine – Daphne, Ala. Valhalla Boat Sales – Seabright, N.J. “We are honored to have these new dealers as part of the Contender Boats family,” said Joe ...

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Industry mourns boating advocate Suzi DuRant

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South Carolina boating advocate Suzi DuRant, 67, passed away February 25. DuRant, who most recently spearheaded the National Marine Manufacturers Association's efforts in South Carolina, passed away following a battle with ALS that she fought with grace, optimism, and perseverance. Suzi’s successful and impressive career and her passion and dedication for the marine industry are a lasting inspiration that will ...

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Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke meets with ORIR members, signs secretarial orders

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On his first day in office, Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke issued two secretarial orders that expand access to public lands and increase hunting, fishing, and recreation opportunities nationwide. These orders deliver on promises made by both President Donald J. Trump and Secretary Zinke to expand access to America’s public lands. The action was hailed by representatives from ...

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Freedom Boat Club Franchise Network experiences continued growth

Over the past year, Freedom Boat Club has experienced exponential growth, a fact President and CEO John Giglio attributes to greater brand awareness of the boat sharing concept, coupled with the opening of new clubs and the resulting consumer demand for the unique maintenance-free boating lifestyle. According to Giglio, the company has experienced a 40 percent growth in franchise club ...

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Navico director of sales named to NMEA Board of Directors


Navico, manufacturer of marine electronics and parent company to the Lowrance, Simrad and B&G brands, announced that Sean Hatherley, director of sales for Navico Americas, has been named to the board of directors of the National Marine Electronics Association. NMEA board members are appointed to a three-year term where they work together to create and promote NMEA strategies and programs. ...

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