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ValvTect adds California marina to certified network

Obexer’s Boat Co. in Homewood, Calif., has joined the family of more than 600 certified marinas marketing ValvTect Marine Gasoline. The marina is one of the oldest continuously operated family businesses anywhere on Lake Tahoe. The company traces its beginnings back to 1911. Obexer’s is a full-service marina, featuring a gas dock, jet ski rentals, boat charters, watersport lessons, ramp ...

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Suntex Marina Investors adds 300 boats to fleet

Suntex Marina Investors, LLC has announced the planned addition of a new Suntex Boat Club location at Cross Timbers Marina, located just north of Tulsa, Okla., bringing the company's total to nine boat club locations across the U.S. In addition, Suntex Watersports, the company’s boat rental program, now offers six new locations in Northern California and Tennessee, bringing the total ...

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BoatUs issues Empire State safety legislation alert

WHAT: The New York Senate and Assembly are considering legislation, SB 9092 and AB 9806a, that would require all boat operators in the Empire State to complete a boating safety course within one year. Currently only those born after May 1996 must meet this requirement. While Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) firmly supports boater education, these bills ...

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Senate committee approves outdoor economic impact study funding

Congress has set funding for the Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account at $1.5 million, meeting the levels necessary to survey the economic impact of the outdoor recreation in the coming fiscal year. The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable – the leading coalition of outdoor recreation trade associations and organizations chaired by National Marine Manufacturers Association President Thom Dammrich – commended the U.S. Senate ...

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OneWater Marine Holdings reports record-setting May

Atlanta-based OneWater Marine Holdings has recognized 34 of the company's sales consultants for each delivering 10 or more boats in the month of May. These efforts led to a record-setting month in total unit sales, the company reported in a news release. Collectively, OneWater’s family of dealerships delivered a total of 1,190 boats in May, eclipsing the company’s prior record ...

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Powerboat sales increase by 3 percent in May

Boat sales increased by 3 percent in May, according to the latest Info-Link Bellwether report. The Bellwether report tracks sales of powerboats across the country based on new U.S. boat registrations on a rolling 12-month basis. Bellwether states are geographically dispersed states representing roughly half of the U.S. boat market (varies by market segment and time of year). Boat sales ...

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NMMA opposes new recreational boating industry tariffs

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is sounding a new and urgent alarm on the Section 301 tariffs announced last week by the Trump Administration. The 25 percent tariffs on approximately $50 billion worth of select Chinese products include nearly 300 marine-related parts. “The U.S. recreational boating industry – a $39 billion industry that supports 650,000 American jobs – experienced another ...

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Volvo Penta unveils self-docking yacht technology

Aiming to tackle one of boating’s most stressful maneuvers – docking – Volvo Penta has revealed an advanced self-docking solution, targeted for launch in 2020. The Gothenburg, Sweden, stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race was the scene for the June 16 unveiling of Volvo Penta’s self-docking system. In a live demonstration, a 68-foot yacht fitted with the technology maneuvered itself ...

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Military Outreach USA, Mercury Marine will honor veterans July 1

Military Outreach USA, a national not-for profit organization serving U.S. military veterans, will partner with Mercury Marine, the Chicago Park District, and five Chicago-area yacht clubs to honor our nation’s veterans by offering them a chance to spend some time on the water Sunday, July 1. Reaching out to local veteran’s organizations throughout the Chicago area, Military Outreach has invited ...

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Golden Boat Lifts expands Florida manufacturing space

Golden Boat Lifts  has expanded its manufacturing space by 7,000 square feet on a recently purchased 1.15 acre parcel adjacent to its current 40,000 square-foot facility in North Fort Myers, Fla. The company retains its address and ISO accreditation. The move was spurred by Golden Boat Lifts' growing product line, especially its recently introduced Tornado Lift for which demand has ...

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