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Report: Connecticut tax changes affect boaters

HARTFORD, Conn. — Additional proposed taxes on Connecticut recreational boaters could be enough to drive them to Rhode Island, according to an article in the Hartford Courant. The proposal raises sales tax on boats from 6 to 6.35 percent and puts a new tax on labor, boat storage and other services. The sales tax trade-in allowance on new and used ...

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Congressional Boating Caucus chairs named

WASHINGTON — Representatives Candice Miller (R-Mich.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) will serve as co-chairs for the bipartisan Congressional Boating Caucus in the 112th Congress. “As life-long boater, I know the important role the marine and boating industry plays in many of our nation’s communities. I have been proud to be a part of this bipartisan caucus for years, and am ...

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SI-TEX says tsunami should not affect supply

TOKYO — SI-TEX Marine Electronics says its Tokyo-based factory is intact and workers are safe, but power outages and infrastructure damage will affect production in the short term. “We've been in communication with representatives of our key factory in Tokyo, and they have confirmed that both their facilities and people have survived the recent natural disasters and are enduring the ...

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Idaho starts mandatory boat inspections

BOISE, Idaho — Idaho’s mandatory boat inspections started March 15 for those wishing to recreate in the state’s waters. The inspection is meant to halt the introduction of invasive species, such as quagga and zebra mussels. The Wallace, Idaho, station is the first to open. Stations in south will open earlier this year and additional stations will open as the ...

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Dealers: Beware of boating scam

PEORIA, Ill. — Boat and powersports dealers in Illinois are reporting a scam to clear non-current inventory, according to a story by television station KFVS. The scam involves a solicitation from Murfreesboro, Tenn.-based The Auction House. The business claims it can sell end-of-the-year inventory for top dollar, but has not paid dealers after the equipment is sold, according to the ...

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IMI seeks proposals for conference

WARREN, R.I. — March 25 is the deadline to submit a proposal for topics at the International Marina Institute’s (IMI) fall conference, Increasing Marina Profits in the New Economy: From Surviving to Thriving. IMI staff is accepting proposals that focus on new profit ideas, ways to use an existing marina footprint to its maximum capacity, and methods for surviving and ...

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70 percent of 2011 NMMA shows increase attendance

CHICAGO — The National Marine Manufacturers Association announced today that 70 percent of its winter boat and sportshows saw an increase in attendance, and the others remained flat or were down single digits. “Increases in attendance and reports of strong sales at shows reinforce notions of pent-up demand and the beginning of an industry recovery in 2011 and into 2012,” ...

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Tsunami causes millions in damage along U.S. coast

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — In the days since the earthquake-caused tsunamis hit the shore of Hawaii and the U.S. West Coast, the amount of damage has become clearer. According to a report by NPR, a California official estimates statewide damage at an excess of $40 million. Santa Cruz harbor was particularly battered: 18 boats sank, 100 were damaged and 12 ...

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KVH hires VP of sales for Singapore office

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. – KVH Industries Inc. has hired Vivian Quenet as its new vice president of sales, Asia-Pacific. Quenet, an 11-year veteran of the maritime satellite communications industry, will be based in KVH’s Singapore office and lead the company’s expansion efforts throughout Asia, focusing on the global mini-VSAT Broadband network and KVH’s TracPhone V7 and V3 antennas. “The global shipping ...

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BoatUSAngler.com gets new look

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — BoatUSAngler.com has a new look with a new design, which includes new blogs by prostaff. The newly updated website includes new fishing blogs from television hosts, fishing guides and tournament anglers, including Mark Zona of “Zona's Awesome Fishing Show” and Kim Stricker of “Hook n' Look.” The sire also contains information on the BoatUS Angler tournament incentive ...

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