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NMMA helps publicize product recalls online

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has partnered with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to launch a new Web site devoted exclusively to products recalls, it reported in a statement today. The Web site, www.Recalls.gov, is live today and is an unprecedented collaborative effort of CPSC and four other federal regulatory agencies – the U.S. ...

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Albemarle Boats receives CSI award

CHICAGO, Ill. – The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has awarded Edenton, N.C.-based Albemarle Boats a Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Award in the Sterndrive Cuddy Express and Inboard Fishing Express categories, it reported in a statement yesterday. The CSI Award Program recognizes participating companies that have actively measured customer satisfaction to pursue continuous improvement. Award recipients have achieved and maintained ...

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Edd Helms Marine Air Conditioning expands Fort Lauderdale store

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Edd Helms Marine Air Conditioning & Refrigeration has opened its expanded Fort Lauderdale marine facilities, which will include a new "working" marine air showroom offering a hands-on buying experience for yacht owners, captains, and crew, the company reported in a statement today. With this expansion, Edd Helms Marine Air Conditioning now offers yacht owners an in-stock ...

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Slip shortage may mean rate increase in Chicago

CHICAGO, Ill. – A boat slip shortage in Chicago has caused the city’s Park District to propose a rate increase in its 2004 budget, according to an article today in the Chicago Sun-Times. Under the budget proposal, the fee for finger docks would rise from $1,300 to $2,700; star docks would increase from $1,100 to $1,300; and the rate for ...

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Precision Boat Works appoints two new dealers

PALMETTO, Fla. – Precision Boat Works, Inc. has added two new Export Precision dealers, the company announced in a recent statement. One of the dealers appointed is Sailing Action located at Port Chevalier in Auckland, New Zealand. The second dealer is J’Day Sailboats in Kanagawa-Ken, Japan. Precision Boat Works is a builder of entry-level sailboats from 15 to 28 feet ...

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Marine Mover: K2 Inc. appoints Wayne Merck as president

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Recreational product manufacturer K2 Inc. (NYSE: KTO) has appointed J. Wayne Merck to the position of president, it reported in a statement today. He will also retain his previous role as chief operating officer with overall responsibility for the operations of K2's various divisions. "Wayne has over 12 years in various management roles at K2, and has ...

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Bellport chairman on marina acquisition path

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – Bellport Chairman Richard S. Stevens has formed Waterfront Investors, LP to acquire marinas throughout the United States, The Bellport Group, a Newport Beach, Calif.-based marina management and service company, reported in a statement today. The new multi-million dollar fund will be seeking to buy marinas that may need additional capital for expansion or reconstruction, according to ...

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METS attracts record number of visitors

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands – The Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS), which was held in the Amsterdam RAI Exhibition Centre, November 18 to 20, attracted the largest number of visitors ever, organizers reported in a statement today. Almost 16,700 people from 70 countries visited the global trade exhibition for the leisure marine industry. Approximately 16,150 professionals came primarily for METS and the ...

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Lowrance first quarter sales up 26 percent

TULSA, Okla. – Marine electronics manufacturer Lowrance Electronics, Inc. (Nasdaq: LEIX) reported today a net loss for its fiscal 2004 first quarter, ended October 31, of $1,557,000, or $0.41 per diluted share, compared to $1,432,000, or $0.38 per diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2003. Net sales increased to $14,036,000 compared to $11,155,000 last year, the company said ...

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Boat builder hits sales record at Fort Lauderdale show

WANCHESE, N.C. – Sculley Boatbuilders, a builder of custom Carolina sportfishing yachts, debuted the new Sculley Custom 60 at the 2003 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and released of some of the company’s new marketing materials, including a 30 second TV spot that aired on The Weather Channel during the show, the company reported in statement Friday. "The average custom ...

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