Author Archives: Tim Hennagir

NMMA urges EPA to educate consumers about E15 waiver

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently added 38 states and the District of Columbia to a Clean Air Act waiver that allows the sale of 15 percent ethanol gasoline blends, ending the summer restriction on sales of the fuel because of Hurricane Harvey. In response, NMMA sent a letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, urging immediate and effective education for ...

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Boston Whaler celebrates 60th anniversary

Boston Whaler recently celebrated its 60th anniversary year with a weeklong series of media and dealer events in Florida. The company kicked off the week with an international media event Aug. 22 and Aug. 23, hosted at Southwestern Florida's Hyatt Sarasota Resort. A dealer meeting and 60th anniversary gala took place Aug. 23 to Aug. 25, followed by a consumer ...

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BoatUS provides post-hurricane update on Texas recreational boat salvage

With Tropical Storm Harvey making its final Texas landfall and slowly dissipating, field reports assessing the damage to recreational boating are starting to arrive. The BoatUS Catastrophe Team reports that Aransas Pass, Port Aransas and Rockport in Texas were the hardest hit areas for recreational boats and marinas when the hurricane made its initial landfall. Salvage operations are underway in ...

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NMMA submits official comments on EPA’s renewable volume obligations

NMMA has submitted official comments on the EPA's 2018 renewable volume obligations, in response to the EPA's proposal for 2018, which were announced in late July. NMMA and the North American recreational boating industry strongly oppose EPA’s 2018 RVOs proposal. Finalizing this rule, as proposed, would deny consumers choice at the pump, while endangering their safety on the water. NMMA ...

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Glastron founder created product positioning niche

Glastron Boat Co. founder Robert R. Hammond was no stranger to the idea of the using unique mass media approaches to promote a product line. Hammond’s passing early last month at age 88 in Austin, Texas, brought back plenty of memories of an industry icon. He will be recalled as an innovator in the recreational boating industry. Hammond became a ...

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Well-wishers help Wayzata Marine founder Gary Briggs celebrate retirement

Customers, friends and industry well-wishers arrived in continuous waves to help Wayzata Marine founder Gary Briggs officially celebrate his retirement after 50 years in business. The Minnesota boating industry icon spent the better part of an August Saturday moving from table to table visiting and sharing stories dating back to 1967. That’s when Gary and Darlene Briggs opened Wayzata Lake ...

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BRP names new Evinrude leader

Bombardier Recreational Products Inc. has appointed Tracy Crocker to the position of senior vice-president and general manager, Evinrude following the retirement of his predecessor last month. "Tracy brings over 30 years of experience, 20 in senior executive roles, in several global companies, most recently in the powersports industry," said José Boisjoli, president and CEO. "He’s an accomplished strategist and team ...

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Boston Whaler unveils new Montauk editions for 60th anniversary

Boston Whaler has released modern-day editions of its classic Montauk design as part of the company's 60th anniversary celebration. “The Montauk has always been about effortless utility and purposeful design,” said Jeff Vaughn, Whaler vice president of sales, marketing and customer service. “We worked to maintain that clean simplicity and ultimate reliability, while leveraging customer feedback to implement strategic upgrades.” ...

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Marine industry veteran Doug Sexton joins Lonski and Associates LLC

Florida-based Lonski and Associates LLC has added its sixth powersports industry recruiter. Doug Sexton will be taking on new client work in the marine, recreational vehicle and powersports industry sectors, reported Henry Lonski. “Doug brings more than 25 years of experience dating back to the early 1990s when he entered the business with Outboard Marine Corporation," Lonski said. “Throughout his ...

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Skeeter hosts second Northern dealer meeting unveils new trailers

Skeeter Products, Inc. recently hosted its second annual Northern dealer meeting, in Red Wing, Minn. The company unveiled its new trailers, now being manufactured at a new facility in Kilgore, Texas. The new trailers feature a limited lifetime warranty. The unveiling of Skeeter's redesigned WX2060 Deep V was also well received, Stone said. The new WX2060 is equipped with new ...

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