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Dates changed for 2004 MAATS

CHICAGO, Ill. -- The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) today reported that the dates for its 2004 Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show (MAATS) have been changed. The event will now be held July 8-11 at the Las Vegas (Nevada) Hilton, according to the association. The National Marine Distributors Association’s S.T.E.P. Conference, which is held in conjunction with MAATS, will run ...

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EMarineTraining.com and ABBRA offer new training program

BROOKLIN, Maine -- EMarineTraining.com, an online distance-learning program owned and operated by Professional BoatBuilder magazine, and the American Boat Builders & Repairers Association (ABBRA) are jointly offering courses for certification in composite repair, the EmarineTraining.com reported in a statement yesterday. The Marine Composite Repair program consists of two six-week online segments complemented by a three-day hands-on seminar. The tests and ...

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Sculley vessels to adopt new look

WANCHESE, N.C.– Sculley Boatbuilders, a builder of sportfishing yachts, has accelerated the launch date of the first vessel to feature the new, refined look of future Sculley vessels, the company reported Monday. The new "modern look" will feature a sleeker profile and softer curves, while still keeping true the classic Carolina lines. Sculley will still offer the "classic look" as ...

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Yanmar renews sponsorship for 2004 show season

ADAIRSVILLE, Ga. -- Information booths at major 2004 NMMA/Sail America consumer shows will carry the Yanmar Marine name, as the diesel engine manufacturer has renewed it sponsorship for the next show season, according to Tom Calhoun, Yanmar Marine's vice president, who made the announcement yesterday. The 2004 sponsorships include the New York National Boat Show, New York City, held December ...

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ABYC to launch redesigned Web site

EDGEWATER, M.D. -- The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) is launching its newly redesigned and user-friendly Web site, www.abycinc.org, the organization reported today. All previously available information has been migrated into the enhanced design and combined with the updated content to create a new navigational system that includes increased features, which overall will improve its utility and ease of ...

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20 Group sampler presented at MRAA convention

OAK PARK, Ill. -- Spader Business Management and the Marine Retailers Association of America (MRAA) are presenting a "Model" 20 Group meeting on Wednesday, November 12 during the MRAA Convention, the association announced yesterday. The "Model" 20 Group will be held at the Stardust Hotel & Casino and is open to all convention attendees. The session will run from 11:00 ...

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AOC discontinuing Italy-based facility

COLLIERVILLE, Tenn. – Resin manufacturer AOC LLC is discontinuing operations at its Garbagnate, Italy-based facility, the U.S. firm reported in a statement yesterday. The current European recession has created significant over-capacity in the unsaturated polyester resin market, according to the company. Volatile raw material costs, associated with world petrochemical price instability, contributed to the decision, AOC stated. "Unusual and unexpected ...

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Sea Ray offers “Tax-free Zone” promotion

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Through Sea Ray’s ‘Tax-Free Zone" promotion, the boat builder is offering savings of up to $75,000 on eligible Sea Ray Yachts and Sport Yachts acquired from Thursday, October 30 through November 3 at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, the company reported today. "We’re delighted to offer the Tax-free Zone promotion, which enhances purchasing power to the ...

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JBM & Associates to produce St. Augustine boat show

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- JBM & Associates, LLC, has contracted with the newly formed Marine Industry Association of Northeast Florida (MIANEF) to produce the St. Augustine Boat Show, the company reported in a statement today. The show will take place March 26-28 at the Municipal Marina, and surrounding Special Events Field and St. Francis Field, according to the company. The event ...

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IBBI expands in new direction

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Buying group Independent Boat Builders, Inc. (IBBI) is expanding its role by going beyond purchasing agreements with its members to sharing "trade secret" production techniques and engineering expertise, the group reported in a statement today. The new direction was officially kicked off during IBBI’s 14th annual shareholder meeting in Knoxville, Tenn. on October 15. The shareholder meeting ...

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