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Workshop to be held to discuss possible PFD mandate

CHICAGO, Ill. – The U.S. Coast Guard and the Personal Flotation Device Manufacturers Association (PFDMA) will be hosting a workshop at the Miami International Boat Show to gather industry and public comment on pending legislation that would mandate the use of PFDs on vessels under 20 feet in length, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) reported in a statement today. ...

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Discover Sailing launches Phase II of marketing plan

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. – Sail America is in the midst of launching Phase II of Discover Sailing’s marketing initiative, it reported in a statement yesterday. The major portions of the Phase II plan include the production of a newly packaged DVD and the development of an all-new public service announcement program. The Discover Sailing video’s original, award-winning packaging will be updated ...

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Go Boating magazine adopts bigger size, new look

IRVINE, Calif. – Go Boating magazine has completed a redesign of the publication with its January 2004 issue, it reported in a statement yesterday. The redesign includes what it is calling a substantial increase in the magazine’s size and format, which is now 9 inches x 10 and 7/8 inches. This size increase represents nearly an inch in girth, and ...

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ITT Industries expects solid growth in 2004

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Better operating performance in 2003 and improving conditions in key markets point to solid growth opportunities for ITT Industries, Inc. (NYSE: ITT) in the coming year, the company reported in a statement today. The company said that it expects full year 2004 earnings per share between $4.05 and $4.25. Robust overall economic growth could put the ...

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MBIA elects four to board of directors

LIVONIA, Mich. – The Michigan Boating Industries Association has named four new members to its board of directors, according to a release it sent out yesterday. Pete Matta of Lake Fenton Marina in Lake Fenton, Mich.; Ted Wade of Boating Supply Center in Sylvan Lake, Mich.; and Nick Warner of Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales in Grand Haven, Mich. were elected ...

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Marine Mover: Morse Industries adds new account executives

Daniel Smith has joined Morse Industries, Inc. as a Southwest U.S. account executive, the company reported in a recent statement. Smith has experience in sales management, operations and facility management and will work with accounts in Southern California, Nevada and Arizona. As part of the Morse Industries team, Smith will help provide product expertise and ensure accurate delivery of marine ...

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Saddam’s capture to boost boat sales?

TULSA, Okla. – Not only has the capture of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein by the U.S. military this weekend revved up consumer confidence and the stock market, it may ultimately boost boat sales as we head into the 2004 boat show season, suggested MRAA President Phil Keeter in an interview yesterday. Keeter said he expects the capture to make ...

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Boating industry supporter Sen. Breaux to retire

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Sen. John Breaux (D-LA), the co-author of the landmark Aquatic Resources (Wallop/Breaux) Trust Fund, which channels over $500 million per year in federal fuel and fishing tackle taxes back into state boating and fishing programs, will not run for re-election when his term expires at the end of 2004. BoatU.S. reported in a statement today. "Recreational boaters ...

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MIASF helping marinas comply with new security regs

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The task force created by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) in October to help marine businesses comply with new homeland security regulations is offering a free seminar tomorrow, The Palm Beach Post reported in an article today. Under the regulations, those marina owners who don’t file security plans with the U.S. Coast Guard ...

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BoatU.S. doubles funding for clean water program

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water has doubled the amount of money available for support of clean boating programs, it reported in a statement today. Last year, BoatU.S. provided $20,000 to the program and up to $2,000 for each approved applicant. In 2004, both figures will double, as a total of $40,000 is available ...

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