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Discover Boating encourages participation with “Vacation on Demand”

Coming out of the Grow Boating Summit in December, attendees spanning boat, engine and accessory manufacturers as well as dealers and key industry partners, outlined Discover Boating’s critical role as the first marketing touchpoint for helping to attract the next generation of boat owners—those people who are first-time boat buyers.  As a result, Discover Boating is focusing its 2017 campaign on ...

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Johnson Outdoors announces Old Town expansion

Johnson Outdoors announced plans to expand product offerings under its flagship Old Town brand, maker of canoes and kayaks. “Old Town is an iconic brand with a legacy of pioneering innovation and superior quality that has given people a great experience on the water for over a century. No one knows paddling better, no one knows more about what people want ...

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SailTime announces strategic alliance with LH-Finance

SailTime announced a new strategic alliance with marine financing specialists LH-Finance. The partnership allows customers to finance their purchases of boats from SailTime dealers using consumer loans issued by LH-Finance.  “The vision to create this strategic alliance is a much-anticipated partnership for both LH-Finance and SailTime,” Herve Bonnet, LH-Finance’s CEO, said. “This will categorically advance LH-Finance to a leader in ...

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Agreement reached to extend 2017 red snapper season

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced an agreement has been reached between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, members of the U.S. House of Representatives and the five Gulf Coast states to extend the 2017 recreational red snapper season by 39 weekend days in the Gulf of Mexico for private recreational anglers. This action, lauded by recreational fishermen across the ...

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Master Promotions Ltd. acquires Ottawa Boat Show

Master Promotions Ltd. announced they have purchased the Ottawa Boat Show from Canadian National Sportsmen’s Shows. This show held annually at Ottawa’s EY Centre is the largest boat show in the Ottawa region and features a selection of boats, as well as the gear and services that go with them. “This show blends well with Master Promotions Ltd.’s portfolio of ...

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Navico responds to court of appeals ruling

Navico has responded to an announcement that a U.S. Court of Appeals has reversed a previous ruling in favor of Navico in one of its patent lawsuits against Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN). “Obviously, we are disappointed in the appellate court’s decision following four rulings in Navico’s favor on this matter,” said Leif Ottosson, CEO, Navico. “As a result, we are analyzing ...

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FLIBS signs long-term lease with Bahia Mar

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida and Informa Exhibitions have signed a 30-year lease extension with the Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel & Yachting Center to keep the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show at the property through 2050. The new lease also has two 10-year extension options, allowing for up to 50 years in place. Owned by the MIASF ...

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NMMA submits formal comments on NAFTA renegotiation priorities

This week, NMMA sent comments to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer’s office regarding a request for negotiating objectives to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement. The boating industry is keenly interested in the renegotiation and any consequential changes proposed. NMMA urged USTR to approach any renegotiations with an understanding of the key role Canada and Mexico play for U.S. marine ...

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ACR Electronics announces new EMEA sales manager

ACR Electronics, Inc. has announced the appointment of a new sales manager within its land and marine division for Europe, Middle East and Africa. In the latest addition to this company, Guillaume Delcourt will focus on expanding ACR’s international sales footprint in these geographic regions as demand increases for its range of 406 MHz beacons, AIS man overboard devices, distress ...

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Boating Industry Workforce Crisis webinar archive available now

The archive for Boating Industry’s Workforce Crisis webinar is available now. In this webinar, sponsored by the Boating Industry Top 100 Leadership Alliance, we presented the data highlighting the crisis in the boating industry and offered best practices for organically building, hiring and retaining a workforce. Boating Industry managing editor Brianna Liestman moderated the panel discussion, featuring three experts with ...

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