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NMMA optimistic about 2003 results

CHICAGO, Ill. -- Wholesale dollar sales of all boats through August were up 9.2 percent compared to the previous year’s numbers, while unit boat shipments were down 3.5 percent, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) reported yesterday in its August Monthly Shipment Report (MSR). The traditional powerboat segments, (outboard, sterndrive, and inboard boats) were up 11.0 percent in dollars and ...

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Two NJ marinas penalized for violating oil pollution rules

NEW YORK CITY -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has inspected a large number of marinas in New Jersey to ensure that they are complying with environmental regulations aimed at preventing fuel spills, and has charged Utsch’s Marina in Cape May and Bridge Marina in Lake Hopatcong with violations of federal oil pollution prevention regulations, the agency reported in ...

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SAIL EXPO doubles its advanced show ticket sales

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Gulf Coast’s SAIL EXPO St. Petersburg, held November 6-9 at the Vinoy Basin in Florida, had its biggest advanced show ticket sales ever, more than doubling the figures from last year, Sail America, the show’s producer, reported yesterday. In addition, exhibitors experienced an increase in visits from qualified customers, according to the show’s producer. The ...

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Bay Marine signs agreement with Yacht Harbor Inc.

STURGEON BAY - Bay Marine of Sturgeon Bay Inc. has signed an agreement to purchase some of the assets of Sturgeon Bay Yacht Harbor Inc., the Capital Times reported in an article yesterday. The agreement will be part of an expansion plan including a proposal for a new marina development located at the old Peterson Builders Inc. shipbuilding property, Matt ...

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BWI expands its writing contest

WILMETTE, Ill. -- Boating Writers International (BWI) is expanding its 11th annual Boating Writing Contest, which takes place from November through February, with the addition of a new category, a total of 39 awards, and a total prize purse of $18,000, the organization reported yesterday. A new category, "Gear, Electronics & Product Tests" expands to thirteen the contest categories that ...

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Marine Mover: Polaris appoints Kobes as general manager

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Polaris Industries Inc. has promoted Rich Kobes to general manager of the Polaris marine division, the company reported in a statement yesterday. Kobes has been director of operations for Polaris' Roseau manufacturing facility for the past three years. While in Roseau, Kobes was responsible for a major engineering expansion project and also led the company through a ...

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Simrad chooses Strike Zone Communications

CHATSWORTH, Calif. – Marine electronics manufacturer Simrad U.S.A., has selected Strike Zone Communications of Chatsworth, Calif., to develop and implement a public relations program on its behalf, the PR firm reported yesterday. Agency principal Ron Ballanti has more than a decade of PR experience in the boating arena and the marine electronics industry in particular, and has represented such companies ...

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Future of US boat exports in question

CHICAGO, Ill. – The decision by President Bush whether to remove steel import tariffs may determine whether the U.S. marine industry continues to export boats to Europe, its largest export market. On Thursday, Bush said he is reviewing "the extent to which the [steel] industry has been restructured," which will determine his decision, according to Reuters. While Reuters reported that ...

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Participation up 53 percent for 2003 National Marina Day

WASHINGTON D.C. – Over 155 marinas and related businesses in 26 states participated in the 2003 National Marina Day, marking a 53-percent increase in participation from the 2002 inaugural observance, according to the 2003 National Marina Day Report, the Marina Operators Association of America (MOAA) reported today. The 2003 National Marina Day Report details the different events and activities sponsored ...

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NMBA elects new board members

CHICAGO – The National Marine Bankers Association (NMBA) has elected new officers and directors for the association’s nine-person board, the organization reported in a statement yesterday. Don Parkhurst, senior vice president of SunTrust Bank in Fairfax, Va., was elected as president by the NMBA board in early November. He succeeds Peggy Bodenreider, vice president of manufacturer relations for Ganis Credit ...

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