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Yamaha ends supply agreement with Alumacraft

Yamaha Marine Group announced today the end of its supply arrangement with Alumacraft, after attempts to continue the relationship were unsuccessful. On June 28, 2018, BRP U.S.A., Inc. (BRP), maker of Evinrude outboards, announced it had purchased Alumacraft and will make it part of a BRP entity. “To effectively support our valued dealers who may have existing orders for Yamaha-powered ...

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Providing superior customer service on social media

If your dealership has a presence on social media, you will be required to provide customer service through those social platforms. Past and potential customers will find your business on social media and use comments, messages, and other methods to ask questions, share praise and, unfortunately, complain. Although many businesses don’t expect this when they join a social media platform, ...

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Yamaha, MRAA team up for dealership growth

Yamaha Marine Group and the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas recently announced they have joined forces to further foster marine dealership growth and success. To encourage dealer participation, Yamaha Marine plans to offer co-op funds to dealers for the first year of MRAA membership and/or co-op funds to become a Marine Industry Certified Dealership. By becoming members of MRAA, ...

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BRP acquires Alumacraft, creates new BRP Marine Group

Evinrude announced today that it is now a part of the newly established BRP Marine Group. Tracy Crocker, Senior Vice-President and General Manager of Evinrude since 2017, has been appointed President of the Group, effective immediately. Crocker will be responsible for the strategic direction and operations of the BRP Marine Group while maintaining his active role at Evinrude. Evinrude, an ...

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Zodiac-Nautic unveils new Open 5.5 RIB, acquires Anonym SUP

Last week, Boating Industry was invited down to Charleston, S.C. for the North American launch of the new Open 5.5 RIB from France-based Zodiac-Nautic. The launch included a day-long event for members of the marine media, Zodiac brand ambassadors, and more, which featured on-the-water testing of the new RIBs and a tour of Zodiac’s North American production facility in Summerville, ...

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Volvo Penta unveils hybrid marine propulsion concept

Designed to enable zero emission running for marine vessels, Volvo Penta has unveiled a hybrid concept for its IPS propulsion system. The electric-only mode allows entry into environmentally sensitive zones, as well as offering enhanced onboard comfort and boat handling characteristics. Hot on the heels of Volvo Penta’s announcement that it will provide electrified power solutions for both land and ...

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NMMA, Smoker Craft discuss trade with U.S. Secretary of Commerce

Doug Smoker, President of Smoker Craft, and Nicole Vasilaros, NMMA’s Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Legal Affairs, recently met with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to discuss the Administration’s trade policies and their effect on the recreational boating industry. NMMA and their members have been at the forefront of advocating for a resolution in the escalating trade ...

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Garmin selects KVH to provide marine satellite TV antenna systems

Garmin International, Inc. and KVH Industries, Inc. announced an arrangement to offer two marine satellite TV antenna systems made by KVH as part of a Garmin marine network package. The two dome products—the GTV5 powered by KVH and the GTV6 powered by KVH—will be offered by Garmin to select recreational boat builders and select high-end installing leisure marine electronics dealers. ...

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NMMA, EBI, ICOMIA pen joint letter to President Trump on tariffs

On Tuesday, NMMA, the European Boating Industry (EBI), and the International Council of Marine Industry Association (ICOMIA) sent a joint letter to President Trump expressing their deep concern for the escalating trade dispute and the direct impact to the recreational boating industry in the European Union and the U.S. NMMA, EBI, and ICOMIA are urging all parties to quickly resolve ...

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Sportsman Boats selects Garmin as exclusive marine electronics supplier

Garmin International, Inc. announced Sportsman Boats has selected Garmin to be the exclusive electronics supplier to outfit its full line of center console and bay boats ranging from 20 to 31-feet, beginning model year 2019. Sportsman builds a growing line of family-friendly center console boats and will offer Garmin electronics standard on each of its 17 models, including the Open ...

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