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NMEA to launch new technician certification

On Feb. 1, the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) will launch a new technician certification-National Marine Electronics Technician, or NMET. The designation is similar to Certified Marine Electronics Technician (CMET) but without the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requirements.   NMEA Board of Directors Chairman Mike Spyros explained that the purpose of the NMET program is to provide a "stepping stone" ...

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MarineMax reports 2019 Q1 results

MarineMax, Inc. (NYSE:HZO) announced results for its first quarter ended Dec. 31, 2018. Revenue grew over $5 million, or 2 percent to $241.9 million for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2018 from $236.9 million in the comparable period last year. Same-store sales were up approximately 1 percent in the quarter. This caps a five-year period in which the December quarter ...

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Tracker partners with Textron Specialized Vehicles, introduces Tracker Off Road

Tracker announced a memorandum of understanding to form a game-changing new partnership with Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc., to introduce Tracker Off Road. The partnership will bring together Tracker, part of Bass Pro’s White River Marine Group with Textron. “We’re extremely excited to extend the Tracker legacy of delivering unmatched breakthrough value and quality for a whole new category of outdoor ...

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NMMA: New powerboat registrations up 4.4 percent through November

According to NMMA's New Powerboat Registrations Report, preliminary data for November 2018 shows registrations of new powerboats were up 4.4 percent on a rolling 12-month year-over-year (R12M YOY) basis.Registrations of new powerboats increased for all segments on a rolling 12-month YOY basis through November.  Tow boats led R12M YOY growth (up 10.3 percent), followed by personal watercraft (up 8.4 percent) and ...

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Raymarine introduces assisted docking technology

FLIR Systems, Inc. announced the Raymarine DockSense assisted docking system, an intelligent object recognition and motion sensing assisted docking solution for recreational boating. DockSense system uses FLIR machine vision camera technology and video analytics to integrate intelligence gathered from surrounding imagery with the vessel’s propulsion and steering system to assist boat owners in tight quarter docking maneuvering. Additionally, FLIR announced ...

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Mercury Marine presents CSI award to record number of dealerships

Mercury Marine presented its 2018 Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) award to a record number of dealerships this year, all who embody the highest levels of customer satisfaction. The number of dealers earning the award this year has increased more than 12 percent from a year ago. “We continually strive for service excellence and to ensure that our dealers share that ...

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Regulator Marine announces new 26XO

Regulator Marine announced the launch of an entirely new kind of Regulator – the Regulator 26XO. This new center console crossover is built for adventures, giving boaters easy access to lakes, bays, and skinny waters, as well as the capability to head offshore when the time is right. The announcement comes on the heels of a 55,000 square-foot factory expansion ...

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Seattle Yachts acquires Cabrillo Yacht Sales

Seattle Yachts, a boat dealer and brokerage firm with offices in the Pacific Northwest and South Florida, has acquired Cabrillo Yacht Sales in San Diego, Calif. This announcement comes on the heels of Seattle Yachts opening their first east coast office in Palm Beach, Fla. in 2018. Cabrillo Yacht Sales and Seattle Yachts share the same new boat brands, Northwest ...

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2019 Elevate Summit issues call for presentations

Submissions are now open for the new Boating Industry Elevate Summit, presented by Boating Industry magazine. Elevate is November 22-24 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando. The audience for Elevate is the owners, executives and managers of boating industry companies including dealers, marinas, manufacturers, suppliers and others in the industry. Elevate is looking for presentations that will help ...

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Polaris purchases Larson Boat Group

In a recent letter to dealer partners, Rob Parmentier, president and CEO of Marquis-Larson Boat Group announced that the Larson Boat Group has been sold to Polaris Industries. "The sale of the company, means production will move and take place at another facility," Parmentier said in the letter. "The moving of materials and assets will begin, immediately." The letter also ...

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