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New SCMA officers elected

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The Board of Directors of the South Carolina Marina Association (SCMA) has announced that it has elected its new officers and restructured its committees. Milt Hazel is the harbormaster at Reserve Harbor Marina in Pawleys Island, S.C., was chosen as the association’s new president. Kim Marsahll , lead broker at Jarrett Bay Yacht Sales in Charleston was ...

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Honda adds five dealers

Honda Marine, manufacturer of 4-stroke outboard engines, has added five dealers to its sales team, according to an announcement from Honda's Senior Manager Tom Riggle. Saratoga Boatworks of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Wefings Marine of Apalachicola, Fla., Buzz's Marine Supply of Kearney, Neb., Crystal River Marine of Crystal River, Fla., and Inland Waters Boat Yard, of Tamworth, N.H., were each added ...

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Marine Mover: Hinckley Yacht Services Promotes Kerr, Hood

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. -- Hinckley Yacht Services has announced the promotions of James Kerr and Bob Hood for the company's Portsmouth, R.I., boatyard. Kerr, who has been named service operations manager, joined the carpentry shop at the Portsmouth facility in 1995. After working to develop the shop, he was promoted to senior service manager. Over the last year, he worked with ...

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Suzuki joins Yamaha in denying predatory pricing

BREA, Calif. – Four-stroke outboard engine builder Suzuki Marine has joined Yamaha in denying involvement in the "predatory" pricing that Mercury Marine recently accused Japanese outboard builders of conducting. In a letter to dealers, Suzuki Director of Marine Marketing Larry Vandiver expressed "surprise and disappointment in Mercury Marine’s allegations that the Japanese manufacturers of outboard engines have violated U.S. anti-dumping ...

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NMMA reports unit boat shipments remain down

CHICAGO, Ill. – Wholesale dollar sales of all boats were up 6.9 percent in 2003 through October, compared to prior year numbers, while unit boat shipments were down 5.1 percent, based on the October Monthly Shipment Report (MSR), the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) reported in a statement yesterday. The traditional powerboat segments, (outboard, sterndrive, and inboard boats) were up ...

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BoatFix more than doubles its sales

MAYS LANDING, N.J. – Marine retailer BoatFix, Inc. saw sales on its BoatFix.com site grow more than 66 percent in 2003, compared to the previous year, it reported in a recent statement. "This is the fourth year in a row where our growth has exceeded 50 percent," said George Van Parys, the company’s president. "The boating public is obviously realizing ...

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EPA proposed rule change could benefit boat builders

CHICAGO, Ill. – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a change to the federal hazardous waste management regulations that could make it easier for boat manufacturers to recycle hazardous materials, rather than having to dispose of them as hazardous waste, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) reported in a statement yesterday. This action published in the Federal Register on ...

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San Diego boat show follows trend

CHICAGO, Ill. – More than 28,000 people attended the San Diego Boat Show, held January 8-11, representing a 10-percent increase compared to the 2003 show and a 7-percent increase over the three-year average, show producers the National Marine Manufacturers Association reported in a statement yesterday. "This was a great show. Very positive, with a lot of boats sold," said Beneteau ...

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Tigé’s Pro Team prepares for boat show season

ABILENE, Texas – Six core members of Tigé’s international team of pro athletes began to prepare of the 2004 Boat Show Season by visiting Abilene to tour Tigé’s manufacturing headquarters, the company reported in a statement today. Team Manager Chris Bischoff, Pro Skier Chris Rossi and Pro Riders Keith Lyman, Erik Ruck, Tino Santori and Nick Weinacker spent a day ...

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Brandy Marine leads Costa Rican officials on marina tour

SARASOTA, Fla. – Brandy Marine, Inc., the Florida-based marina development firm, recently hosted an official delegation from Costa Rica visiting the U.S. to learn more about how the U.S. develops and regulates marinas, it reported in a recent statement. The five-person delegation represented the Comision Interinstitucional de Marinas y Atracederos Turisticos or CIMAT, an agency of the Costa Rican government ...

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