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Powerboat sales grew by 3 percent in March

Boat sales grew by 3 percent in March, 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 U.S. boat market (varies by market segment and time of year). Boat sales ...

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Marine Connection expands network with fifth Florida operation

Marine Connection has announced the addition of a new Islamorada, Fla. sales location to its roster of four full-service dealerships operating in West Palm Beach, Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Vero Beach. Its fifth new sales facility, located at 80461 Overseas Highway/Mile Marker 80, is an integral part of the forthcoming new Angler’s House Marina & Club, a recently merged two-marina, ...

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Apprenticeship: One approach to tech shortage

Institutions, industry address critical workforce issue The workforce shortage in the marine industry remains in a state of crisis, but companies are taking active steps toward finding and retaining the technicians and skilled laborers of the future. The majority—over 80 percent by some estimation—of marine technicians still gain their core skills through on-the-job training, according to the Marine Career Training ...

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American Boating Congress plans aggressive attendee advocacy

Midterm elections loom large The National Marine Manufacturers Association intends to be politically pugnacious with its attendee outreach during this year’s American Boating Congress.  That’s because the mid-term election clock is ticking and time is running out before new lawmakers are elected and arrive in Washington, D.C. All 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and 34 of the ...

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Outboard engines: More than meets the eye

Engineering and technology are pushing the outboard engine category on a trajectory toward even greater market domination Visitors to the Miami International Boat Show can be forgiven for feeling just a little snow blind this year.  While North America’s largest consumer boat show is always a place to spot emerging trends and glimpse the unusual, the overall consensus is that it ...

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Yamaha’s Joe Maniscalco provides update on YMU initiatives, program

Earlier this year, Yamaha Marine announced it was dedicating substantial resources to Yamaha Marine University initiatives, including a much-anticipated apprenticeship program for developing skilled dealer technicians. Through a combination of technical training materials and hands-on training at Yamaha’s marine training headquarters in Pleasant Prairie, Wisc., as well as Yamaha Marine’s headquarters in Kennesaw, Ga., marine technicians will be empowered to ...

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Torqeedo powers electric boat fleet in China

The city of Suzhou in eastern China has deployed a fleet of electric workboats powered by Torqeedo motors as part of a program to clean up its canals and waterways. The ancient city of Suzhou, located in Jiangsu Province near Shanghai, is home to more than 10 million people. Often called the “Venice of the East” the 2,500 year old ...

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Sea Tow Foundation, ACR renew beacon rental program

In conjunction with ACR Electronics’ sixth annual “406 Day,” the Sea Tow Foundation – a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of safe boating practices – has announced the continuation of its keystone Beacon Rental Program. Through a partnership with the Florida-based survival gear manufacturer, boaters throughout the United States will continue to have easy, affordable access to Personal Locator ...

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