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West Marine raises over $40k for BlueFuture program

Throughout West Marine’s December “Month of Giving” fundraiser, associates and customers in stores across North America and online joined forces to raise more than $40,000 in support of West Marine’s BlueFuture program. BlueFuture provides grants annually to community-based organizations across the U.S. that are dedicated to getting young people on and around the water through boating, fishing, paddling and the ...

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First electric fiberglass pontoon unveiled at Minneapolis Boat Show

ELUX’s Chief Design Officer Bart Jones asked himself a simple question when he began pondering initial concepts for an electric pontoon five years ago. What if a pontoon didn’t look like a pontoon? The Minnesota-based boat building company started by medical device entrepreneur Howard Root and boat craftsman Jones turned plenty of heads at the Minneapolis Boat Show, Jan. 24-27 ...

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Info-Link: Powerboat sales up slightly more than 3 percent in December

Boat sales increased by more than 3 percent through the month of December, 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 ...

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Recreation leaders meet with Agriculture Secretary, highlight opportunities for 2019

Recreation took center stage at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Jan. 8 as Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) leaders and recreation company CEOs met with Secretary Sonny Perdue, Under Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment Jim Hubbard and other key officials.  The group noted the importance of national forests to many recreational activities, and highlighted the world-class experiences ...

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MarineMax Houston gets involved at NASA

After being presented with a special project with NASA, the MarineMax Houston service team couldn’t help but accept the challenge. “It was an incredible experience being able to work on such a unique project. It’s not every day that we get to support NASA!” said Billy Foulkes, MarineMax Houston Service Advisor.  The MarineMax Houston Service team recently had the opportunity ...

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Marine industry members team up for Hurricane Michael relief

In the wake of the category 4 Hurricane Michael, the marine industry is banding together to support those affected by the deadly storm. Cities along the Florida Panhandle were among those hit the hardest as the storm made landfall in early October. From heavy rain and high winds to the following storm surges, Michael caused mass destruction to the area. ...

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September powerboat sales increase by almost 4 percent

Boat sales increased by almost 4 percent in September, 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 ...

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Powerboat sales increase by almost 3.5 percent in July

Boat sales increased by almost 3.5 percent in July, 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 ...

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Sea Tow Foundation launches life jacket awareness campaign

The Sea Tow Foundation – a nationwide nonprofit dedicated to the education and promotion of safe boating practices – has announced the launch of its newest social media campaign – a program it calls Vest Friends. Vest friends are two or more people wearing life jackets and sharing a photo or video of themselves on social media to promote life ...

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Boats Group CEO recaps lead conversion, sales study

Earlier this spring, Boats Group announced the findings from an in­-depth analysis of U.S. sales leads across three of its sites – YachtWorld, Boat Trader and boats.com. InfoLink Technologies, Inc. conducted the lead analysis for Boats Group to identify consumer purchase behaviors and provide market intelligence. Over the last five years, new boat sales have been steadily increasing coinciding with ...

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