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Oru Kayak launches convertible two-seated origami kayak

Oru Kayak, makers of the original origami-inspired folding kayak, has unveiled the Haven, an all new convertible tandem kayak. After years of customer request, Oru designers took on the challenge to create the company’s largest and most ambitious kayak design yet: a two-person origami-inspired kayak that can quickly and easily convert to single-person occupancy. The Haven is Oru’s largest kayak ...

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Sea Tow Services International celebrates 35th anniversary

Sea Tow Services International – started in 1983 by Capt. Joe Frohnhoefer in response to the U.S. Coast Guard’s decision to cease servicing boaters in non-emergency situations – celebrated 35 years in business on Sept. 3. A pioneer of the marine assistance industry, the Long Island-based company has since grown to more than 100 locations serving thousands of communities across ...

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Lapsed boaters key element in lead conversion, sales study

Lapsed boaters - individuals who have left the water or the boating lifestyle - represent a critical recapture segment within the industry’s online marketplace. An in-depth analysis of U.S. sales leads on three Boats Group sites conducted earlier this spring by Info-Link Technologies, Inc. continues to provide additional consumer data for this key sector. The firm evaluated more than 2.68 ...

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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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Education to take the spotlight at IBEX 2018

From expanded educational offerings to three floors of exhibitors and more, 2018’s International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX) is gearing up for an unforgettable year. IBEX will take place from Oct. 2-4 at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Fla. In early May, IBEX organizers confirmed that Tampa and the Tampa Convention Center will host the conference through 2020. “Tampa ...

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Powerboat sales increase by more than 2 percent in June

Boat sales increased by slightly more than 2 percent in June, 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 ...

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Zodiac-Nautic unveils new Open 5.5 RIB, acquires Anonym SUP

Last week, Boating Industry was invited down to Charleston, S.C. for the North American launch of the new Open 5.5 RIB from France-based Zodiac-Nautic. The launch included a day-long event for members of the marine media, Zodiac brand ambassadors, and more, which featured on-the-water testing of the new RIBs and a tour of Zodiac’s North American production facility in Summerville, ...

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Powerboat sales increase by 3 percent in May

Boat sales increased by 3 percent in May, 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 sales ...

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40 Under 40

40 trendsetters who are leading the boating industry  Boating Industry’s annual profile of the best young leaders in the marine industry highlights a unique group that stands out from their boating peers.  This year’s group represents an impressive cross-section of talented industry individuals who serve associations, manufacturers, marinas, and dealers.  These individuals were selected for their numerous accomplishments so far – ...

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