Author Archives: Tim Hennagir

Crestliner presents Million Dollar Club awards at dealer meeting

Crestliner presented Million Dollar Club awards to 14 dealers at its 2017 dealer meeting, which focused on the company's newest models, marketing initiatives and product innovations. The Million Dollar Club Award honors dealers whose annual sales of Crestliner products exceeded $1 million. Many of the award winners went above and beyond that threshold, surpassing $2 and $3 million. This year's ...

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Hagadone Marine Group mega center grand opening garners industry, community kudos

A grand opening gala for Hagadone Marine Group’s new mega marine center in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, attracted a high level of community and industry interest earlier this month. More than 1,000 people turned out for the celebration and received a personal welcome from owner Duane Hagadone. Chris Craft Boats Vice President Gavan Hunt, Volvo Penta North America OEM/Dealer Sales Manager ...

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Boatsetter acquires Boatbound, prepares for international expansion

Boatsetter has acquired fellow boat sharing marketplace, Boatbound. The announcement comes as the company extends its Series A round, adding $4.75 million in funding to the $13 million the company raised in December 2016. Key investors of the most recent round include The Valley Fund and The Venture City. Acquiring Boatbound is a key step for Boatsetter as the company begins ...

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Freedom Boat Club adds Jeanneau powerboats to North American fleet

Freedom Boat Club had added Jeanneau Outboard Powerboats to its approved and preferred roster of boat brands. Jeanneau joins a growing list of boat and engine brands featured in Freedom Boat Club’s fleet of more than 1600 boats throughout North America. “There are several key franchise markets where we believe the Jeanneau outboard product will be well positioned to meet ...

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Wellcraft expands its dealer network in Alabama

Wellcraft has added Alabama-based Gulf Coast Boat Sales as the newest addition to its distribution channel. “We look forward to working with Hank Miner and the team at Gulf Coast Boats as they will be a pivotal role in the future success and circulation of our Wellcraft products in Alabama and its surrounding area,” said Andy Lindsay, vice president of ...

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Recreational Fishing Alliance opposes longliner return to Florida’s East Coast

The National Marine Fisheries Service recently announced that it had approved an Exempted Fishing Permit that would allow commercial longline vessels to re-enter the Florida East Coast Closed Zone and target swordfish. The Closed Zone, established in 2001, was created to primarily protect juvenile swordfish as well as other species killed as by catch in the longline fishery that was ...

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Powerboat registrations up 5 percent through June 2017

The National Marine Manufacturer Association's New Powerboat Registrations Report has been updated through June, and advance data show new powerboat registrations were up 5 percent year-over-year for the rolling 12-month period through June. Highlights from the report include: Nearly all segments were up through June (R12M YOY). Growth in registrations was led by the following segments: jet boats (up 10.9 percent), tow ...

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Iconic Marine Group welcomes “Hull Whisperer” Reggie Fountain

Last August, Iconic Marine Group announced its plans to restructure several boat brands, including Baja Marine, Donzi, Donzi Classic, Fountain Powerboats and Pro-Line. A year later, the company is getting ready to flesh out an additionally impressive announcement about joining ranks with powerboat racing’s King of Offshore. “When it comes to making a boat go, there’s nobody better than Reggie ...

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Tohatsu America announces three new outboard models

Tohatsu America Corporation has announced the debut of its new MFS20E, MFS15E and MFS9.9E outboard models, which will hit the market in early September. New innovations allowed Tohatsu to build the lighter outboards, which feature improved performance with low noise, low vibration and ease of use. And with overall weight decreasing, the three new outboards feature improved torque and top-end ...

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Century Boats adds new dealer in South Carolina

Century Boats has expanded in South Carolina with the addition Matthews Marine, in Bluffton, S.C. Previously, Matthews Marine was a Century dealer from 2002 to 2009. “From its location in Bluffton, Matthews Marine is well-positioned to serve the region’s active boating communities from Hilton Head to Savannah,” said Bryan Lucius, president of Century Boats. “Matthews Marine has a long history ...

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