Market Outlook

BoatUS encourages hurricane awareness

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — BoatUS is encouraging boat owners to be prepared for hurricane season by contacting their dealers and putting a plan in place. To help boaters make preparations, BoatUS has some free online tools available at the BoatUS Hurricane Resource Center at www.BoatUS.com/Hurricanes. Models predict a 48 percent chance that a major hurricane will make landfall on the U.S. ...

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US Sailing creates new online job bank

PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — US Sailing, the national governing body for sailing, has created an online job bank, which is now a member service. The intent of the job bank is to help sailing organizations connect with potential employees, and to help sailing professionals find employment in the sailing industry. The job bank targets sailing instructors, coaches, program directors, administrators and other ...

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Peters & May reports 2011 growth

SOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom — Global boat transportation provider Peters & May is reporting a significant growth in export volume for the first three months of 2011. The company said monthly export figures for the Peters & May Group show major increases in boat exports for both the U.K. & U.S. offices during the first months of 2011. The company exported ...

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NMMA to offer printed statistical abstract for limited time

CHICAGO — Due to its popularity last year, the National Marine Manufacturers Association says that for a limited time, it will offer a chance to pre-order a printed copy of the group's 2010 Statistical Abstract. The cost is $55, which includes shipping and handling, and orders must be made by May 16. Beginning the second week of June, NMMA members ...

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BRP to donate clothing to Japan

VALCOURT, Québec – BRP will donate warm clothing to relief efforts in Japan, according to a release from the company. The clothing was distributed to its subsidiary, BRP Japan, who will redirect it to people in need. "The Japan earthquake and tsunami has left so many homeless during such a cold time of the year," José Boisjoli, president and CEO ...

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Group aims to teach math, science through sailing

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The National Sailing Center & Hall of Fame has organized a consortium for its Learning Math and Science through Sailing Initiative. The consortium is in partnership with Hudson River Community Sailing's accredited After School Program and the Young Mariners Foundation program. The national consortium was formed to share curriculum and best practices in order to promote similar programs ...

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Report: Boat sales could be tempered by gas, unease

NEW YORK — The recreational boat industry may be in for more pain as projections for a 10 percent sales increase are tempered by high fuel prices and post-earthquake economic unease, according to a CNBC report. The show season is one point of optimism, the article stated, as attendance and sales were up substantially. The low-end market is particularly strong, ...

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National Boat Racing Association promotes ethanol use

QUINCY, Ill. — A newly formed partnership between the Renewable Fuels Association and National Boat Racing Association will provide all powered boats competing in the 2011 NBRA series event races with E10 fuel and promote the use of ethanol at events. The Renewable Fuels Association is a leading trade association for America’s ethanol industry. “American boaters have been utilizing ethanol-blended ...

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Boating news series debuts April 23

NEW YORK — Starting Saturday, April 23, a monthly series called “Discover Better Boating” will run on YNN (Your News Now) in New York. Once a month, boating industry professionals will offer information and tips on topics including preparing your boat for the boating season, boating safety, the impact of ethanol fuel on your boat, and getting better gas efficiency ...

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NWSA to hold annual Women’s Sailing conference

MARBLEHEAD, Mass. — The National Women's Sailing Association will hold its 10th Annual Women's Sailing Conference Saturday, June 4, at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Marblehead, Mass. At this event, women can learn or enhance their skills in recreational sailing through seminars on the water, on the dock and in the classroom. Topics include an introduction to sailing, sail trim, ...

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