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Numerous changes in store for South Carolina In-Water Boat Show

Charleston, SC – A new location, a new major sponsor, new prices and new events are planned for the South Carolina In-Water Boat Show, to be held April 1-4, the South Carolina Marine Association (SCMA) – the show’s owner – said yesterday. Cummins MerCruiser Diesel, headquartered in Charleston, has signed on as the show’s major sponsor, according to Gary Dickman, ...

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Xtreme Companies Inc. selects engine provider

STANTON, Calif. – Xtreme Companies, Inc. has selected Mercury Marine, a division of Brunswick Corporation to be its exclusive provider of marine jet engines, Xtreme said recently. "Mercury's OptiMax engines are the benchmark for new technology engines in terms of performance and operation." Xtreme Companies CEO Kevin Ryan said. Xtreme manufactures mission-specific patrol and fire-rescue boats servicing fire, rescue, law ...

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Marine interiors trade show to be held in Ft. Lauderdale

CARLSBAD, Calif. –The Transport & VIP Interiors Group Presents Seacraft Interiors Conference and Exhibition will be held April 13-15 at the Ft. Lauderdale/Greater Broward County Convention Center, a press release from the conference coordinator said yesterday. Prominent interior specialists from sea, air and land modes of transportation will present their views on the state of their own industry segment at ...

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Bass Pro to open 280,000 sq. ft. store near Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Bass Pro Shops, an outdoor gear, clothing and accessories store chain will open its second-largest store in Clarksville, Ind., across the Ohio River from Louisville, the company said recently. The 280,000-square-foot store is tentatively scheduled to open during the fall of 2005 and will be the largest Bass Pro store east of the Mississippi River, and ...

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Whale Water Systems names new manufacturers representatives

PEABODY, Mass. – Whale Water Systems is expanding its US sales network with the addition of two manufacturers representative firms, the manufacturer of manual & electric pumps and Quick Connect plumbing and faucets for marine freshwater, bilgewater and wastewater systems, said yesterday. The JB Dunn Company of Deerfield Beach, Fla. will represent the Whale product line in the southeastern US ...

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Interest rates buoy pleasure boat sales

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Sales of pleasure boats nationwide are on a modest upward trend according to a story in today’s Providence Business News. The story quoted the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) as saying sales increased 1 percent and the dollar amount spent on boats increased 9.3 percent in 2003. The industry saw $16 billion in sales of new boats, ...

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Attendance at Atlantic City show up 27 percent

PHILADELPHIA – Attendance at the Atlantic City International Powerboat Show (ACIPBS) rose 27 percent from last year to this, a show press release said today. A total of 58,018 attended the five-day National Marine Manufacturers Association’s (NMMA) event that ran from Feb. 4-8 at the Atlantic City Convention Center. The show reported record boat sales as well, the release said. ...

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Keybank reports good results from Yacht & Brokerage show

CLEVELAND – The Key Recreation Lending Division of KeyBank USA is reporting good results from the 2004 Yacht & Brokerage Show on Miami Beach, Feb. 12-16, a company release said Friday. Kenneth R. Landon, CEO of Key Recreation Lending and executive vice president of KeyCorp, reports a “noticeable increase in boat loan applications since the show,” the statement reported. "We ...

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Manatee count is fourth-highest since 1991

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Biologists conducting an annual state manatee survey recently counted more than 2,500 manatees, the fourth-highest manatee count since 1991, according to preliminary statistics cited in a story today in the Tampa Tribune. Biologists working for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Florida Marine Research Institute counted 2,568 manatees between the gulf coast and east coast ...

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A gap in industry knowledge

gap in the boating industry’s understanding of its own consumers may make it hard to accurately gauge the potential impact of the petition Mercury Marine submitted to the International Trade Commission (ITC) in January. Mercury’s petition alleges that Japanese engine builders have been selling outboards in the U.S. for an amount significantly less than what is being charged in Japan, ...

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