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NACO renews insurance contract

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The National Association of Charterboat Operators will continue its exclusive relationship with Charter Lakes Marine Insurance to administer the NACO Group Insurance Program. Charter Lakes and NACO teamed up in 1991 to develop a Hull and Liability policy for NACO members. Twenty years later the NACO Group Insurance Plan is still going strong. “We are proud ...

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Conn. proposes boat tax hike

HARTFORD, Ct. — New tax proposals in Connecticut could affect the boating industry and boat owners with increased taxes. Gov. Dannel Malloy, in a proposal issued on Feb. 15., suggests a sales tax increase from 6 to 6.25 percent. It also includes eliminating a sales tax exemption for, among other things, boat service fees, which include boat storage and repair. ...

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Sportboat Magazine Launched

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Source Interlink Media (SIM) is pleased to announce the launch of Sportboat Magazine. The first issue of Sportboat Magazine is available on newsstand now, and was launched with 100,000 newstand copies. Subsequent issues will be available quarterly throughout 2011. Victoria Newton will serve as associate publisher. She comes to SIM from Powerboat Magazine, where she worked ...

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Take Me Fishing goes mobile

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Recreational Boating Fishing Foundation (RBFF) will officially unveil the Take Me Fishing campaign’s new, fully integrated mobile website at the Miami International Boat Show and at the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo (Feb. 18–20 in New Orleans, La.). The new site, which can be viewed at www.takemefishing.org/mobile from smartphones, provides boaters and anglers with on-the-go access to the ...

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IGY updates Anchor Club

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Island Global Yachting, a luxury marina operator, has upgraded its customer loyalty program, the IGY Anchor Club. The program is geared to reward captains of yachts over 80 feet, and now has reward point benefits for those who use IGY destinations. A point-accruement system allows the member to redeem points for electronics, fine jewelry, home and ...

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ASA hires new account manager

ELKHART, Ind. — ASA Electronics, an Elkhart, Ind.-based international manufacturer and supplier of mobile electronics, has hired Matt Wood of South Bend, Ind., as OEM account manager for the Marine and Spa division. Wood’s main focus will be to seek out potential new customers, develop professional relationships, and maintain solid business partnerships with them. In the marine market, he will ...

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iboats.com adds 4,000 new models

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — The website iboats.com has completed the addition of 4,136 new 2011 model-year boats, including specs, photos and reviews, onto its online New Boat Showroom. The listings cover the boat data from 196 marine manufacturers, including all new boats from the top U.S. boat manufacturers. The company plans to add entries on 50 more manufacturers. This ...

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IMI issues call for presentations

WARREN, R.I. — The International Marina Institute (IMI) has posted a “Call for Presentations” to its website for its fall conference, “Increasing Marina Profits in the New Economy: From Surviving to Thriving,” Oct. 23–25, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. IMI staff asks that proposals focus on new profit ideas, ways to use an existing marina footprint to its maximum capacity, and ...

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Marine Concepts names new project manager

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Jeff Hudson has joined Marine Concepts as project manager. His new responsibilities include obtaining and overseeing specific engineering and tooling projects from quotes through delivery to the customer. Hudson comes to the company with years of experience in engineering, project management and customer service. His previous experience includes engineering manager at Yamaha Motor Corp., dba Century ...

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BoatUS captains honored for heroism   

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — BoatUS Towing Services honored 12 of its  TowBoatUS and Vessel Assist captains with its annual BoatUS Woody Pollack  Lifesaving Award. The awards were presented at the group’s annual conference. “When the normal routine of dropping  off gas or providing a tow back to the launch ramp is interrupted by a life-threatening may day call on the radio, ...

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