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Federal report formally recognizes outdoor recreation’s economic impact

The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable today welcomed the final report on the first-ever government statistics recognizing the outdoor recreation industry as a significant contributor to the U.S. economy. The report, federally funded by the U.S. Departments of the Interior, Agriculture and Commerce, was released today by Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). The new measurement is called the Outdoor Recreation Satellite ...

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MasterCraft’s 22-footer brings new features to towboat lineup

MasterCraft Boat Co.'s new 22-foot towboat entry includes a new premium feature in the FastFill Ballast System, which speeds time to towing by filling the X22’s ballast tanks in under four minutes. The new wakesurf and wakeboarding specific hull design for the X22, when equipped with the company's Gen 2 Surf System and its 3,550 pounds of ballast, creates a substantial ...

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Malibu announces new 25 LSV model for 2019

Malibu Boats introduced the newest model, the Wakesetter 25 LSV, for 2019. The 25 LSV is the 25-foot flagship of the LSV line. Being the biggest, it offers the most interior space, storage capacity, ballast, as well as the biggest wake and wave. With technology and comfort innovations like wireless phone charging, a redesigned helm seat, a starboard locker for ...

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Progressive Insurance Norwalk Boat Show opens today

The Progressive Insurance Norwalk Boat Show begins today and runs through Sunday. The Northeast’s premier in-water boating event features 300 new boats from luxury yachts to affordable family cruisers and kicks off this morning with a press conference on marine workforce development in conjunction with the Connecticut Marine Trade Association (CMTA). The four-day event offers special features for boaters, anglers and families, including ...

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Watershed Innovations, partners conduct electric boat meeting

Watershed Innovations, Correct Craft’s technology company, hosted a kick-off meeting this week with the University of Central Florida (UCF) as part of the project effort to develop a quiet aluminum fishing boat with electric propulsion. Representatives from UCF, SeaDek, and Torqeedo met with engineers from SeaArk Boats at the Correct Craft facility to discuss construction methods and answer questions. Founded ...

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Rhode Island marine trades economic impact study released

The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association, working with University of Rhode Island Associate Professor Dr. Thomas Sproul and PhD Student Clayton Michaud, has completed an economic impact study of the R.I. marine trades. The study estimates jobs, gross sales, and economic impacts of the R.I. marine trades — making the resultant data a critical building block of RIMTA’s advocacy work. ...

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Evinrude E-Tec G2 engine data integrated into Navico chartplotters

Evinrude has partnered with Navico, the parent company of Lowrance, Simrad, and B&G to create an integrated experience for consumers using the Lowrance and Simrad navigation and sonar products with Evinrude E-TEC G2 engines. Creating a seamless experience for Evinrude E-TEC G2 and Navico digital display end-users, a new software update for select Navico displays allows Evinrude E-TEC G2 engine ...

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Regal Boats announces 2018 top retail dealers

Regal Boats CEO Duane Kuck recently announced winners of the company’s prestigious 2018 Top Dealer Awards, recognizing the best overall retail performers worldwide in both sales and service categories. The top individual dealership performance awards were presented to No. 1 Dealer Overall, Sundance Marine of Southeast Fla., while the No. 1 CSI Dealer is Regal & Nautique of Orlando, Fla. ...

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Nautique, WWA partner to present national championships

Nautique Boat Co. and the World Wake Association have partnered to produce the 2018 Nautique USA National Wakesurf Championships. The event, which will be held on Sept. 28-30, will take place in Waco, Texas, along the Brazos River and be presented by GM Marine Engine Technology. The championships will be the first of a kind, debuting an all-new judging format. ...

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BoatUS releases summer fueling, ethanol survey

A survey of recreational boaters’ experience with refueling their vessels this past summer shows little love for corn-ethanol fuel blends mandated by the federal government’s Renewable Fuel Standard. The survey was completed by Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), the national advocacy, services and safety group for recreational boaters, to gauge boaters’ use of ethanol-free and ethanol-fuel blends ...

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