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Beneteau Powerboats adds SkipperBud’s to its dealer network

Midwest-based SkipperBud’s is now the dealer for Beneteau’s Powerboats Division. SkipperBud’s will add the Gran Turismo and Swift Trawler lines to dealership portfolios in Eastern Michigan and Ohio. “This is a natural evolution for SkipperBud’s. Beneteau is already a wonderful partner. SkipperBud’s has been a large Four Winns, Glastron, and Scarab dealer throughout the Midwest for many years. We are ...

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Marquis-Larson will introduce new Marquis line in 2019

According to Rob Parmentier, President & CEO of the Marquis-Larson Boat Group, Marquis Yachts will discontinue its current line of semi-custom cruising boats and transition to an entirely new line for 2019. Parmentier said the new models are designed to better address changes in the global marketplace where there is an increasing demand for boats with unique styling, greater performance ...

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Powerboat sales increase by more than 2 percent in June

Boat sales increased by slightly more than 2 percent in June, 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 ...

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Ranger Boats participates in White House product showcase

Flippin, Arkansas-based Ranger Boats recently had the honor of representing the state of Arkansas at The White House. The event was part of President Donald Trump's "Made in America Product Showcase" Monday, July 23, highlighting each state's effort and commitment to American-made goods and products. The showcase featured a limited-edition Ranger Z521L ICON prominently displayed on the White House South ...

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Magic Tilt Trailers talks tariffs, workforce with Congressional representative

Magic Tilt Trailers’ President and CEO, Craig Clawson, recently met with Congressman Crist in Clearwater, Fla., to discuss key issues facing the industry, particularly tariffs and worker shortages. According to Clawson, “Tariffs are pushing up our costs, forcing us to increase our prices and squeezing our margins.” After the meeting,  Crist toured the Magic Tilt plant and chatted with employees. ...

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Navico appoints new Americas senior vice president, COO

Navico, parent company to the Lowrance, Simrad, B&G and C-MAP brands, has announced Jamie Elgie has been appointed to the position of senior vice president and chief operating office of the Americas. In his new role, Elgie will be responsible for all sales, marketing and operations activities for the Lowrance, Simrad, B&G and C-MAP brands throughout North, Central and South ...

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Correct Craft hosts industry roundtable on tax reform

Correct Craft recently hosted a roundtable of boating industry leaders who met with U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-Fla.) on issues related to tax reform and global trade. Buchanan, an influential member of the House Committee on Ways and Means and chairman of its Tax Policy Subcommittee, has been asked by House Speaker Paul Ryan to survey business leaders to recommend ...

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Skeeter hosts annual dealer meeting in Texas

Skeeter Products, Inc. recently hosted its annual Southern dealer meeting, in Longview, Texas, at the Maude Cobb Convention Center. Skeeter dealers learned about the new 2019 Skeeter FX Apex Edition boats. The 2019 Skeeter FX Apex will be Skeeter’s premier packaged bass boat. The company also announced the continuation of pre-designed color offerings on the ZX and FXLE models while ...

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Formula Boats provides 400 Super Sport Crossover update

The new Formula 400 Super Sport Crossover takes a design cue from the 430 SSC, combining the versatility of an open bow and with cabin Crossover elements.  At 40 feet in length with a 12-foot beam, the 400 SSC centers on a full-height windshield and coupe top design that encloses the entire width of the cockpit. The Formula Crossover SmartZone ...

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Torqeedo powers passenger vessels at Vietnamese resort

Torqeedo is supplying electric propulsion systems for a fleet of 15 new passenger excursion boats recently delivered to Vinpearl’s newest resort development at Hoi An, Vietnam. The nine-meter FRP displacement craft, built by Song Lo Shipbuilding in Nha Trang, are powered by Torqeedo Deep Blue 80 inboard electric motors with BMW i3 lithium batteries. “We are very happy with the ...

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