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Attendance records tumble at 30th annual METSTRADE

Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2017, the annual METSTRADE show has once again wrapped up by shattering all previous records. Final attendance was announced Monday as 24,856 unique visitors, representing a 5 percent gain over the previous record of 23,702 visitors set last year. The 30th METS marked the heaviest opening day attendance on record with 8,503 visitors – a ...

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Mercury Racing mourns loss of Joe Sgro

Mercury Racing is saddened by the loss of our dear friend, veteran offshore powerboat racer and performance boat industry icon Joe Sgro. Sgro passed away Nov. 9 from injuries sustained during a boating accident in Marathon, Fla. He was 63 years old. Sgro is survived by his wife, Eileen, six children and soon-to-be three grandchildren. A wake for Sgro was held ...

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Latest NMMA report shows new powerboat registrations up 4.4 percent

NMMA’s New Powerboat Registrations Report has been updated through September 2017, and advance data show new powerboat registrations were up 4.4 percent year-over-year for the rolling twelve-month period through September. Nearly all segments were up through September on a rolling 12-month, year-over-year basis. Growth in registrations was led by the following segments: Cruisers (up 9.1 percent), tow boats (up 7.7 ...

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Volvo Penta launches sales academy for boat dealers

Volvo Penta has announced the launch of a new training support platform designed to help boat dealers sell Volvo Penta diesel powered boats. The Volvo Penta Sales Academy is comprised of videos and associated resources that will help dealer salespersons understand and convey to prospects the key features and benefits of the Volvo Penta products, systems and service programs. “The ...

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METS 2017 wraps up on positive note

As the 30th annual METS wrapped up Thursday afternoon in Amsterdam, Netherlands, exhibitors and show organizers alike were beaming over what can only be considered another successful edition of the world’s largest marine equipment trade show. Heavy crowds on Wednesday set a single-day attendance record, with 10,211 unique visitors as of 5 p.m. This figure represents a year-over-year increase of ...

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North American boat builders have big METSTRADE awards night

North American boat builders enjoyed a strong presence in Amsterdam on Wednesday night, winning three of seven categories in the METSTRADE 2017 Boat Builder Awards for Business Achievement. Brunswick Boat Group, Correct Craft and Campion Marine were each called to the podium and applauded by approximately 300 industry representatives under the glittering dome of Amsterdam’s National Maritime Museum’s central courtyard. ...

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NMMA provides House, Senate industry tax reform update

With tax reform front and center in Washington and the House expected to vote on its version of the tax reform bill today (H.R. 1), NMMA continues meeting with elected officials to ensure the recreational boating industry’s voice is heard on key elements of interest within both the House and Senate bills. Below is a comprehensive update of where things ...

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NMMA reports third quarter powerboat sales increase

New NMMA data shows traditional powerboat retail unit sales were up 3.8 percent through the third quarter (September 2017). This comes as retail sales of nearly all traditional powerboat categories are growing on a year-over-year basis and as key economic indicators (consumer confidence, GDP, housing) continue moving positively in the industry’s favor as the recreational boating industry prepares to head into ...

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Packed aisles suggest 30th METS tracking toward record

The 30th annual METS continues on a roll, with record numbers of exhibitors, strong attendance through the first two days, and plenty of deals being made throughout the sprawling Amsterdam RAI exhibition complex. Opening day attendance was announced at 8,503 visitors recorded by 5 p.m., representing a 4.5 percent increase over the 8,133 people who visited METS on opening day ...

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Mercury Marine introduces new EFI FourStroke outboard, ambidextrous tiller

Mercury Marine has introduced of an ultra-lightweight and 15/20 horsepower EFI FourStroke outboard platform and a new multi-function tiller handle assembly that offers ambidextrous operation. "We are thrilled to bring to the market an all-new 15/20hp EFI four-stroke outboard platform, ‒ an engine that is easy-to-start, intuitive-to- operate, lightweight, fuel-efficient, quiet, powerful and reliable," said John Buelow, Mercury Marine vice ...

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