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Tariffs are the talk of the town in D.C.

The U.S. marine industry is facing a 1-2-3 punch from worldwide tariffs on steel and aluminum, anti-dumping and countervailing duties on Chinese aluminum sheets and Section 301 tariffs on nearly 350 marine products. That was the main takeaway at the Trade State of Play: Tariffs, Negotiations & Off-Ramps breakout session at last week’s American Boating Congress. “The administration’s stance on ...

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National Safe Boating Week is underway with fresh focus

Each year over 140 million Americans take to the water on a boat. Making sure they get back to the dock safely is the idea behind National Safe Boating Week May 18 – 24. Boating safety advocates across the U.S., including the marine industry, work together with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) to improve awareness of basic boating safety best ...

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Brunswick to acquire Freedom Boat Club

Brunswick Corporation announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Freedom Boat Club (FBC). Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Freedom Boat Club, founded in 1989, is the largest boat club operator and the premier marine franchisor in the nation. FBC and its franchisees service over 20,000 members, providing them with access to a fleet of nearly ...

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Correct Craft CEO receives Hammond Leadership Award

The Foundation for Recreational Boating Safety, Education and Environmental Awareness announced that Bill Yeargin, President and CEO of Correct Craft is the recipient of the 2019 Hammond Marine Industry Leadership Award for his extraordinary service and commitment to advocacy on behalf of the recreational boating industry. Bill will be honored at the American Boating Congress (ABC) in Washington, D.C. during ...

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Boating Industry’s 2019 Top Products

50 of the marine industry’s best new and innovative products For the sixth annual Boating Industry Top Products list, we’ve selected 50 of the best new or updated products and services for the marine industry, ranging from boats to engines to electronics and more.  To be eligible for consideration, products or services had to have been introduced or significantly updated ...

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Survey of anglers and boaters looks at license-conservation link

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation announced the results of a survey examining the link between fishing licenses and conservation. While anglers and boaters are aware of the conservation tie-in, it is not a force that drives licensing. Key findings: 76% of respondents are aware of the link between licenses and conservation funding. The Family Outdoors segment (RBFF’s target audience) ...

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MarineMax Kids in Boating Class Benefits AustinBlu Foundation

MarineMax Miami recently hosted the 3rd annual Kids in Boating Class to raise awareness for the AustinBlu Foundation; an organization devoted to making recreational boating and water sports safer. "We are proud to have partnered with the AustinBlu Foundation to continue raising awareness about the importance of boating safety," said Christian Gonzalez, MarineMax Miami general manager in a press release. ...

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Correct Craft Encourages Students’ Educational Efforts

The assignment for a mechatronics class of high school juniors and seniors taking a course at Cleveland State Community College (CSCC) was simple, but not easy; design and build an “amphibious vehicle” that operates on both road and water. And they turned to Correct Craft for help. The company hosted the students at their Tennessee facility and also donated components ...

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Torqeedo provides electric propulsion for new VIKING LifeCraft

Torqeedo has developed a specialized high-thrust electric propulsion system for VIKING’s new LifeCraft survival craft, which are designed for quick and safe evacuation of hundreds of passengers from ships at sea. The 203-passenger LifeCraft is a motorized inflatable vessel designed to deploy from a shipboard storage/launch station. Passengers board the boats through escape chutes. Once each boat is fully loaded, ...

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