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Powerboat sales improving at wholesale level

CHICAGO, Ill. – Wholesale dollar sales of all boats through July were up 9.2 percent compared to the previous year’s numbers, while unit boat shipments were down 3.8 percent, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) reported yesterday in its July Monthly Shipment Report (MSR). However, the traditional powerboat segments, (outboard, sterndrive, and inboard boats) were up 11.1 percent in dollars ...

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IBBI expands in new direction

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Buying group Independent Boat Builders, Inc. (IBBI) is expanding its role by going beyond purchasing agreements with its members to sharing "trade secret" production techniques and engineering expertise, the group reported in a statement today. The new direction was officially kicked off during IBBI’s 14th annual shareholder meeting in Knoxville, Tenn. on October 15. The shareholder meeting ...

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USFWS proposes withdrawal of manatee refuges

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has proposed to withdraw its federal designation at two manatee refuges in Florida, the agency reported yesterday. The agency’s proposal would remove federal designations of the Pansy Bayou Manatee Refuge in Sarasota County and the Cocoa Beach Manatee Refuge in Brevard County, the USFWS stated. Service officials pointed out that ...

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NMMA and NAM’s work to revalue the U.S. dollar pays off

CHICAGO, Ill. – The value of the U.S. dollar has decreased to reasonable levels compared to the euro and currencies of several other industrial nations over the past year, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) reported yesterday. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is crediting this success to lobbying efforts by the 85 business and agricultural associations that make up ...

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MarineLiens.com launches new Web site

FLATTS VILLAGE, Bermuda, -- MarineLiens.com, an online global database for both posting and searching maritime lien claims, has gone live with its new multi-functional Web site, the company announced yesterday. The new Web site defines concepts in layman terms and offers free searching and posting. If a vessel shows up as having a lien against it, there is a modest ...

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Cobalt dealer receives perfect CSI score

DADEVILLE, Ala. -- Blue Creek Marina, a family-owned, full-service boat dealership and marina since 1990, was one of only two 100 percent customer service index (CSI) scores at this year's annual Cobalt Boats Worldwide dealer meeting, held in Atlanta, Ga., Cobalt reported in a statement today. Blue Creek Marina beat out 93 other dealers and tied for first for the ...

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Boatswain’s Locker, Inc. expands with Kohler

COSTA MESA, Calif. -- Boatswain's Locker, Inc. has been appointed distributor for both Kohler gas and diesel marine generators, the company reported in as statement today. Boatswain's Locker is known for its distribution of Yanmar Marine Diesels, Mercury/MerCruiser gas products, Hamilton Jets, ZF Transmissions, as well as a wide range of engine related accessories throughout the Southwest United States, according ...

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Motor Boating unveils 2003 Boatkeeper Award winners

NORWALK, Conn. – Motor Boating magazine unveiled the 10 winners of its 2003 Boatkeeper Awards in its November issue, on stands now, it reported in a statement today. The winners were selected by Motor Boating's staff for their innovation and functionality, according to the magazine. "Motor Boating's annual Boatkeeper Awards recognize the tools and accessories that make boating that much ...

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Marine Mover: Conley named general manager of Sarasota Yacht Center

SARASOTA, Fla. -- Brandy Marine, Inc., a Florida-based international has appointed Steve Conley general manager of the Yacht Center in Sarasota, the company reported today. Brandy assumed management of the nearly 100-year-old boat yard in August, with Conley joining the team in September, according to the company. In his new position, Conley oversees all day-to-day activities at the yard, including ...

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Nobody Asked Me, But…

Here are my thoughts on several issues in the marine industry that I think deserve either “Darts” or “Laurels.” This is a bit of a departure from my normal column, but I feel strongly that each of these issues needs some further comment. Laurel – to NMMA’s Discover Boating program and the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation’s “Water Works Wonders” ...

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