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Mississippi boat show’s attendance increases

BILOXI, Miss. – The Biloxi Boat and RV Show, which normally draws about 15,000 people, ended yesterday with organizers believing the turnout this year will be approximately 18,000, according to a story in today’s Biloxi Sun Herald. Dan Miller, president of Gulf Coast Boat Show in Mobile, Ala., told the newspaper it was a near-record year for the 35th-annual show, ...

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Land ‘N’ Sea/Barclay Marine win Distributor Award

PENSACOLA, Fla. –Land 'N' Sea/Barclay Marine Inc. won the Arco Distributor of the Year Award for the third consecutive year, according to an Arco statement last week. Land 'N' Sea, is a full-line distributor with warehouses in Florida, Georgia, Virginia, and Washington, and additional warehouse distribution locations through Barclay Marine Distributors. Arco is a manufacturer/supplier of inboard starters, outboard starters, ...

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Skeeter Boats adds four new dealers

KILGORE, Tx. – Skeeter Boats has expanded its dealer family by bringing four new dealers on board to carry the Skeeter line of fishing boats, the company reported in press release last week. The new Skeeter dealers are: AIM Marine of Lakeside, Calif. Blue Dot Inc. of New Orleans Dunham's Bay of North Hero, Vt. Marine Center of Canyon Country, ...

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New services available on ABYC’s Web site

EDGEWATER, Md. – The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) has added several new features to its recently re-designed Web site www.abcyinc.org, ABYC said in a statement today. The features are an effort to improve the site’s utility and value for ABYC members, marine professionals and the boating public, according to ABYC. The following new features are accessible to both ...

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Spader reports dealer sales are up

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Dealership sales are up, but small dealers' bottom line is about the same as last year, while large dealers have seen an improvement, according to Spader Cos.' monthly report released yesterday. The market research firm report tracks approximately 60 dealers in North America, dividing them into categories: those doing under $5 million in business at retail ...

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Defender’s February same store sales up 38.7 percent

WATERFORD, Conn. - Defender Industries Inc. saw a 38.7-percent increase in February same store sales over the same period a year ago, pushing same store sales for the first two months of 2004 up 26.1 percent, the company said in a statement yesterday. "We're excited by the strong start this year, 2003 was an excellent year for Defender with double-digit ...

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New endangered species approach to help manatees?

WASHINGTON - A proposal to give Idaho and Montana more authority to manage gray wolf populations in their states has the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) encouraged that a similar approach would be beneficial to manatee populations, NMMA said in a recent statement. "This is a very encouraging development," said Monita Fontaine, NMMA vice president of government affairs. "It is ...

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Michigan marinas and harbors join Clean Marina Program

LIVONIA, Mich. - Twenty-seven Michigan marinas and harbors have signed pledges to participate in the state's Clean Marina Program, the Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA) said in a press release yesterday. The program, introduced at the Recreational Boating Educational Conference last December, is a partnership between the MBIA, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Michigan Sea Grants. The program's objectives ...

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Cobra Electronics enters marine market

CHICAGO - Cobra Electronics has developed its first line of entry-level and professional-grade marine products, now available at retailers, marking the third new market the company entered in the past year. The Cobra Marine line features two fixed submersible 25-watt transceivers, three handheld models, and marine power inverters - available in 400-, 800-, 1500- and 2200-watt models. Those products represent ...

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Everglades Boats expands dealer network

EDGEWATER, Fla. - Everglades Boats recently added eight dealers to its network throughout the South and on the East Coast, it reported in a statement today. The makers of the Everglades 243 and 223 bay boats and five shallow-water fishing boats, signed on the following dealers: Boat Repair, Inc. - Fortson, GA. Burnett's Marine - Bay Shore, NY. Captain Covington's ...

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