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Marketing Initiative Gains Momentum

The talk about launching an industry-financed advertising campaign to encourage more people to take up boating has been around for more than 20 years. But the talk has equated to little action. The idea is gaining momentum, however, because many in the boating industry have been spurred on by the success of the recreational vehicle industry’s Go RVing manufacturer-financed advertising ...

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Taking a stance on boat sewage

There are two methods for handling black water on recreational boats. One is to store the wastewater in a holding tank until it can be disposed of at an approved pumpout station. The second method applies a U.S. Coast Guard-approved onboard treatment device, which treats the wastewater to an EPA acceptable level and then safely discharges the treated water directly ...

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Boatings Dirty Secret

Boaters have a dirty secret. Many of them are breaking the law by dumping their raw waste into the water. This includes dumping in No Discharge Zones, areas that the government has said should be free of any waste — even treated waste. But because it’s difficult to enforce, let alone quantify how big the problem really is, the risk ...

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Cigarette goes high fashion

If Skip Braver has his way, there will be as many people wearing Cigarette Racing t-shirts as wear Harley Davidson t-shirts in a few years. But that’s doesn’t mean Cigarette is taking its boats to the masses. “A lot of the people that wear Harley Davidson t-shirts don’t own Harleys,” he explains. Braver, president and CEO of the power boat ...

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Be cautious when taking expensive boats on trade

Water sports can be great fun. But not when the water is where you don’t want it to be, like in the wood cores of transoms, stringers and decks of fiberglass boats. I have recently heard that dealers are encountering moisture problems in wood cores of used boats taken in on trade. Why is this now becoming more of an ...

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Travis confident Birnbaum will restore profitability

Financial losses expanded at dealership chain Travis Boats & Motors Inc. early this year, but company executives believe its newly appointed chairman has the right plan for restoring its profitability. Travis, which now operates 34 dealership locations mostly in Gulf Coast states, lost $1.7 million during the second quarter of its fiscal year 2003, which ended on March 31. That ...

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NMMA continues fight for new dates

If you’re a boater who likes to spend the winter holidays in New York City, you’re in luck this year. You can celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, see a Broadway show, buy a new yacht at the New York Boat Show and then celebrate the New Year in Times Square. However, if you’re a New York show exhibitor, you may not ...

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Bombardier Rec. Products sale possible this Summer

The “short list of finalists” in the competition to buy the Bombardier Recreational Products Division was expected to be compiled by “early June” and the winner might be announced as soon as “mid-summer,” according to Roch Lambert, vice president and general manager of the Canadian company’s Boats and Outboard Engines Division. Once the winning bidder is announced, most likely, it ...

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Products & Services

Marinco 50-Amp Cordset Marinco Recreation Group has introduced what it calls several key improvements into its newly released 50-amp Cordset. Integrating all-vinyl molded plugs and connector ends for watertight connections and ergonomically designed handgrips for ease of use both contribute to making the Cordset more reliable, durable, and easier to use, according too Marinco. Offered in 50A/125V or 50A/250V configurations, ...

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