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Blogging: Time to get back on track

It’s that time again. The New Year. I’ve never quite caught on to the excitement and rejuvenation some people feel when one year ends and another starts. So, it might not surprise you that I don’t have much of a history of making grand New Year’s resolutions. With that said, I am acutely aware of the many opportunities for self ...

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Q&A with Matt Gruhn on the NMMA summit

In December, the National Marine Manufacturers Association sponsored the Recreational Boating Stakeholders Growth Summit. The event gathered 160 marine industry stakeholders for a two-day summit during which industry leaders sat down to develop new ideas and avenues of growth. Matt Gruhn, president of the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, was one of the event's participants. After the summit, we ...

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Powerboat sales grow for second straight month

MIAMI – Sales of 15-foot or greater powerboats showed positive growth in September for the second straight month after almost six years of negative growth, according to Info-Link Technologies Inc.’s Bellwether Report. The report provides a rolling 12-month year-over-year percent change in unit sales and has been updated through September. Outboard boat sales rose to 5.1 percent growth. Info-Link’s graphs ...

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Correct Craft CEO attends White House free trade agreement signing

WASHINGTON — Bill Yeargin, CEO of Correct Craft, today joined President Barack Obama in the Oval Office for the signing of free trade agreements with Panama, Colombia and Korea. "These free trade agreements are expected to both increase jobs in the marine industry and generate 70,000 U.S. jobs nationwide," Correct Craft said in a release. The agreements, which were negotiated ...

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Congressman introduces bill to test science of E15

WASHINGTON — Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., recently introduced H.R. 3199, legislation to require the Environmental Protection Agency to seek independent scientific analysis on the effects of 15 percent blend ethanol gasoline. “The EPA’s decision to allow E15 into the marketplace will impact every American who owns a car, lawnmower or boat," Sensenbrenner said in a statement. "Automakers insist that using ...

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Hornet Marine to host MDCE Dealer Demo Rides

BRISTOL, Conn. - In conjunction with the 2011 Marine Dealer Conference and Expo, Hornet Marine will be hosting a Dealer Demo and Test Drive Event Nov. 6-10 in Kissimmee, Fla. Throughout the conference, dealer attendees of the MDCE are invited to come test drive the Hornet 17, Hornet Marine’s customizable runabout. The Dealer Demo and Test Drive Event presents an ...

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Boating Industry launches new website

This month, Boating Industry unveiled a completely new logo, tagline and magazine design. Yesterday we followed that up with another big update: our completely overhauled website. We think we've put together a much cleaner, more modern look that fits in with the new style of our print product. We also think it will make finding and reading articles on the ...

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NMMA announces boat and sportshows’ title sponsor

CHICAGO - The National Marine Manufacturers Association announced today that Progressive Insurance will be the title sponsor for 18 NMMA Boat and Sportshows in 2012-2014. “We’re thrilled to have Progressive Insurance on board as the title sponsor of NMMA boat and sportshows. Our involvement with this great organization will help bring boating to more consumers and reach millions of potential ...

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Bradford Marine adds new yacht broker

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Bradford Marine Yacht Sales recently welcomed Parker Bogue to the company to the as the company's new Yacht Broker. Bogue joins Bradford Marine with 10 years of experience as senior yacht broker for MarineMax Yachts. Before working as a yacht broker with MarineMax, he worked with Richard Bertram at Allied Marine, located in Miami. "Having Parker ...

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WindRider adds two international distributors

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - WindRider has sent two shipments of its trimaran sailboats bound for distributors in Australia and Chile. The two shipments are set to arrive in October in Australia and in November in Chile. The shipment bound for Australia has been pre-sold and will be received and distributed through David Holt of Kerrawarra Enterprises in Queensland. The second shipment ...

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