Author Archives: Jaden Stafford

ABYC to host student career day at IBEX

As part of its ongoing efforts to engage future marine technicians, the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) Foundation has partnered with the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) to host an inaugural Student Career Day on Thursday, Sept. 29, in Tampa, Fla. Sponsored by Faria Beede Instruments, Jabsco/Xylem, Magic Tilt, Syntec, Transhield, and Yamaha, ABYC’s Student Career Day at IBEX ...

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The Limestone Boat Company moves ahead with EV boat production

The Limestone Boat Company has announced that it's placed an initial order for the first fully electric propulsion systems to be installed on its 2024 Model Year EV boats following the successful sea trial results of its Vision Marine E-Motion electric outboard-powered Aquasport 2100CC this summer. The new EV model will debut later this month in the Vision Marine Technologies ...

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NATDA Trailer Show draws record turnout

The NATDA Trailer Show returned to Nashville, Tenn. for the largest show in the event’s history. The show hosted over 3,000 individuals with approximately 600 North American dealerships in attendance featuring over 310 exhibitors. The show also expanded its international presence, with participants from ten countries outside the United States. “It was great to see how exciting and active the ...

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Pro angler appointed to Florida Boating Advisory Council

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has announced the appointment of Yamaha/Skeeter Pro Angler and National Boating Safety Ambassador Hunter Bland to the Boating Advisory Council. During his three-year term, Bland will help the council make recommendations to the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Department of Economic Opportunity regarding issues affecting the boating community, including boating and diving safety education; ...

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California DBW offers over $1 million in grant money

California State Parks’ Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) is now accepting grant applications from organizations that teach on-the-water boating safety education to the public. A total of $1.6 million in grants is available to local public agencies, nonprofit organizations and colleges/universities operating within California for Aquatic Center Education Program grants. The deadline to apply is Friday, Oct. 28, 2022, at ...

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West Marine embraces inclusion in the industry

West Marine has committed to promoting women within and to the marine industry. In a typically male-dominated sector, West Marine’s two new female executives are inspiring change by creating an environment in which women have more opportunity to participate professionally and recreationally. Traditionally, women have represented a smaller segment participating in water sports. Recent industry studies show that the tides ...

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Newport International Boat Show announces award winners

The Newport International Boat Show has announced the results of this year’s Newport For New Products (NFNP) Awards. Judged on Thursday during the show’s opening day and announced at an awards ceremony on Friday, Sept. 16, 2022, the winners are: Best New Navigation Product – Garmin InReach Mini2 Marine BundleBest New Boating Operation,Maintenance or Safety Product and Overall – PYI ...

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Mastercraft sells NauticStar to Iconic Marine Group

MasterCraft Boat Holdings, Inc. has announced that its NauticStar business was acquired by a subsidiary of Iconic Marine Group. Iconic Marine Group assumed substantially all liabilities related to the NauticStar business and intends to continue operating the NauticStar business as usual. The transaction, which closed on September 2, 2022, is subject to a customary working capital adjustment. Fred Brightbill, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of MasterCraft ...

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NMMA opens trade registration for 2023 Discover Boating events

Trade registration for NMMA’s 2023 Discover Boating boat and sportshows is now available to industry representatives and stakeholders. The digital NMMA Marine Trade Credential will provide access to all NMMA consumer events excluding the Discover Boating Miami International Boat Show, which should be handled through Informa Markets. NMMA show trade registration is complimentary to NMMA members and open to non-members ...

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Limestone Boat Company expands Tennessee manufacturing facility

The Limestone Boat Company – owner of TN Composites and builder of Aquasport Boats, Limestone Boats and Boca Bay Boats – has announced expansion plans for its Tennessee manufacturing facility. Adopting a phased approach to its TN Composites facility’s expansion, the company expects to invest $23.1 million over the next three to five years to transform existing manufacturing capabilities through ...

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