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Marine adhesive sealants continuously improving

Manufacturers are continuously looking to improve the strength, durability, flexibility and cure times of marine adhesives/sealants. Examples include 3M Marine’s Fast Cure 4000 UV, ITW Plexus’ MA557 two-part methacrylate, FlexPoxy from Pettit Marine Paints, the West System-brand products from Gougeon Brothers Inc. and Aquabond Marine Repair Compound. 3M’s Fast Cure 4000 UV sealant which was introduced last year, is a ...

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Marine Fabrics Meet Boating Environments Challenges

Sunbrella solution-dyed acrylic fabric has been the standard for the boat builder, supplier and boating industry aftermarket for years for biminis, enclosures and various types of exterior covers. But now it is getting some competition from Outdura fabric. Both trademarked products are produced by North Carolina-based textile manufacturers. Sunbrella by Glen Raven Custom Fabrics LLC of Glen Raven, N.C., and ...

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At least three potential buyers interested in Palmer Johnson

Palmer Johnson Inc. executives are working to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. During the spring they met with three potential buyers who would restructure the yacht builder’s finances, according to Phil Friedman, president and chief executive officer. The potential buyers include a boatbuilding company, an investor group and a syndicate of yachtsmen, Friedman said during an interview with Boating Industry. ...

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Travis confident Birnbaum will restore profitability

Financial losses expanded at dealership chain Travis Boats & Motors Inc. early this year, but company executives believe its newly appointed chairman has the right plan for restoring its profitability. Travis, which now operates 34 dealership locations mostly in Gulf Coast states, lost $1.7 million during the second quarter of its fiscal year 2003, which ended on March 31. That ...

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NMMA continues fight for new dates

If you’re a boater who likes to spend the winter holidays in New York City, you’re in luck this year. You can celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, see a Broadway show, buy a new yacht at the New York Boat Show and then celebrate the New Year in Times Square. However, if you’re a New York show exhibitor, you may not ...

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Two Stroke vs. Four Stroke: Does It Matter?

As outboard engine manufacturers prepare to release their 2004 model year line-up, the question arises whether the distinction between low emission two-stroke engines and low emission four strokes really matters anymore. Some manufacturers argue that the new two-stroke direct injection technology being introduced into the market offers many of the benefits previously offered only in a four stroke, such as ...

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Palmer Johnson Inc Files Ch 11; Its parent sells property

Cash flow problems at Palmer Johnson Acquisition Corp., the company founded during 2000 by investor Andrew McKelvey, resulted in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing by its Wisconsin-based yacht-building subsidiary Palmer Johnson Inc. and the sale of yacht-building assets of Palmer Johnson Savannah Inc. in Savannah, Ga. The bankruptcy filing by PJ Inc. occurred during March but the Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin-based ...

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More Business In Mexico?

Mexico is becoming more than just a vacation destination for boating industry professionals. With the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) planning its second-annual Mexico Boat Show, Brunswick continuing to ramp up production at its new Reynosa boat building plant and the Mexican government considering an investment in a chain of marinas along the Baja California Peninsula, executives should prepare themselves ...

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New AC and Refrigeration Products Introduced

ANew air conditioning systems and new refrigerator/ freezers were introduced to the boating market earlier this year. The Elite Comfort Management System was introduced by the Marine Air Systems division of Taylor Made Environmental Inc., Richmond, Va. The Elite air conditioning system offers “unprecedented flexibility in controlling temperature, airflow and system management with an attractive new backlit, bulkhead mounted display/control ...

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U.S. Consumers Turning to Diesel?

It may appear as if U.S. consumers are increasingly looking to their European cousins for advice on selecting sterndrive power; however, in actuality, the drive behind growing interest in diesel sterndrives comes from a more basic desire among U.S. consumers. They want low maintenance, high performance engine technology that won’t break the bank, allowing them to focus on enjoying the ...

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