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Marine Mover: Zavell joins Vanguard Sailboats as national sales manager

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. -- Vanguard Sailboats has added Michael Zavell to the Vanguard team as national sales manager, the company reported in a statement yesterday. Effective November 24, Zavell will join Vanguard from TPI Composites where he was the director of market development. Prior to that, he was operations manager at Hexcel Corp. and a co-founder of Fiberspar, the company that ...

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Powerboat sales on positive track

MIAMI, Fla. – Info-Link's September Bellwether Report shows a continuation of the "cautiously optimistic" outlook put forth last month, the company reported in a statement Friday. "In our view, there are three factors that support a positive outlook for the remainder of 2003: (a) the fact that September is in line with the past few months that show positive year-over-year ...

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Suzuki Marine sets sales records

MIAMI, Fla. – Outboard engine manufacturer Suzuki Marine had the best September in company history and is expecting further growth in 2004, said Larry Vandiver, director of sales and marketing, during the International Boatbuilders Exposition & Conference (IBEX) last week in Miami. The record-breaking fall numbers were the result of investment in the form of promotions and advertising, according to ...

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Boater’s World sees sales increase

BELTSVILLE, Md. -- Boater’s World Marine Centers’ comparable store sales for October increased 12 percent from the same period of last year, the company reported in a statement today. These figures represent all stores open for at least one year, according to the company. "We are extremely pleased that our customers continue to shop with us as winter approaches. Whether ...

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3M expecting double-digit growth

MIAMI, Fla. – 3M Marine saw double digit growth in 2002 and is expecting to see the same level of growth this year, said Joe Parks, marketing operations manager for the 3M Marine and Specialty Vehicle Department, in an interview at the International Boatbuilders Exposition & Conference (IBEX) last week. Parks credits much of this growth to a decision after ...

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Westrec Marinas expands in the Caribbean

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Encino, Calif.-based Westrec Marinas has been awarded the management and operations contract by the Port Authority of Jamaica for The Marina at Port Antonio and West Harbour Development Project in Jamaica, the company reported in a statement Friday. Westrec Marinas was chosen through a process issued by The Port Authority of Jamaica in the fall of ...

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NMEA hands out product awards

SAVERNA PARK, Md. -- The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) distributed product awards Friday at the NMEA’s Annual Convention and Exposition at Sanibel Harbour Resort in Fort Myers, Fla., according to a statement from the association. The NMEA product awards recognize excellence in design, performance and reliability in marine electronics products. The awards are selected by votes from marine electronics ...

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MIASF members question application of anti-terrorism laws

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The deadline is looming for those marine businesses along Florida's coast that fall under new anti-terrorism regulations in the Maritime Transportation Security Act, the Palm Beach Post reported in an article this morning. The problem, however, is that there remain questions about which businesses fall under the requirement to submit security plans to the Coast Guard ...

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Sea Tow continues U.S. expansion

SOUTHOLD, N.Y. -- Sea Tow Services International, Inc., a professional marine assistance organization, will expand its program into five new areas, two of which bring its coverage to boaters in Louisiana and Alabama, the company reported Thursday. The new Sea Tow coverage areas include Carrabelle/St. Marks, Fla., Mobile, Ala., Orlando Lakes, Fla., New Orleans, La., and Newport/Los Angeles, Calif. In ...

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C-Map to sponsor new BWI writing contest category

CAPE COD, Mass. -- C-MAP/USA, a manufacturer of electronic charts and charting systems for sea, land and air, will be sponsoring a new Gear, Electronic and Product Test category in the 2003 Boating Writer’s International (BWI) Annual Writing Contest, the company reported in a statement Wednesday. BWI member writers can submit articles published in 2003 for review by a panel ...

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