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BoatUS, AMA partnering on ethanol outreach

Ethanol continues to be a big challenge for the boating industry, with engine damage and other issues turning people off of boating. Many consumers still don't understand the steps they need to take to protect against ethanol problems. The Boat Owners Association of The United States is working with the American Motorcyclist Association to get the word out, though. Margaret ...

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Gevo-ValvTect partnership game changer for isobutanol

It may have escaped your notice, but there was big news earlier this week on the alternative fuel front. Isobutanol -- a safer and more efficient alternative to ethanol -- could soon be making its way to a lot more marinas as producer Gevo signed a deal with ValvTect to distribute isobutanol-blended fuels. Marine industry testing has shown isobutanol (or ...

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Picture yourself on a Boating Industry cover at MDCE

If you've ever wanted to be on the cover of Boating Industry, you'll get your chance at this year's Marine Dealer Conference & Expo. We'll have Boating Industry cover blow ups in our booth (#127) at this year's show where you'll be able to take a photo of yourself or your team. The best pics will be featured in an ...

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Distinct digital displays offer dealers new solutions

I've been impressed by the digital signs created by Distinct for a couple years now -- even before there was a Distinct for that matter Distinct founder Jani Gyllenberg was a 2013 MDCE Best Idea of the Year finalist for the signs when he was the marketing director at Top 100 dealer Marine Connection. The company had created the digital ...

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Federal court tells EPA to toughen invasive species rules

We hear a lot about the role of recreational boaters in the spread of invasive species through our lakes and waterways, and while that can't be ignored the bigger threat continues to be commercial shipping. With their ballast tanks that can bring water from anywhere in the world and dump it here, it's a prime cause of the spread of ...

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#BICoverPics social media contest launches

We're having ourselves a little ol' social media contest for the next few weeks at Boating Industry. We're launching our ‪#‎BICoverPics‬ photo contest this week. Share your photo of yourself with your copy of Boating Industry on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Tag us and use the hashtag #BICoverPics for a chance to win a bluetooth speaker, plus whatever other stuff ...

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Peer-to-peer boat rental partnerships show potential for growth

Big news for the peer-to-peer boat rental market coming out of IBEX this week, with two major partnerships announced on Tuesday's opening day. First, we've got Boatsetter and Cruzin announcing a merger that will operate under the Boatsetter name. The other announcement was a partnership between boat club SailTime and with peer-to-peer company Boatbound. While not a merger, the companies ...

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So long, Mr. Bohage

We all have people who shape who we are today: our parents, teachers, professional mentors. I hope you'll forgive me if I digress from boating today to tell you a little about someone who had a profound impact on my life. Over the weekend, we lost a great educator. He's nobody you would know unless you were from DeForest, Wis., ...

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Settlement clears the way for isobutanol development

Great news on the ethanol-alternative front this week as a multi-year legal battle has been settled. Gevo and Butamax agreed Monday to cross-license their technologies for producing isobutanol (also known as biobutanol). Isobutanol is a corn-based fuel that has been championed by the marine industry and others as a better alternative to ethanol. In June, the National Marine Manufacturers Association ...

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