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Mercury unveils new X-Site test facility

FOND DU LAC, Wis. – Mercury Marine will open a new 8.4-acre, integrated research-and-development site on Watson Bayou near Panama City, Fla., the company said in a statement Friday. The new facility, named X-Site, will feature multiple in-water slips, as well as an office, laboratory and boat-rigging building. Operations from the company’s former Florida testing site, called Lake X, including ...

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MOAA provides resources for National Marina Day

WASHINGTON – The Marina Operators Association of America (MOAA) and several industry groups have united to provide marinas interested in celebrating 2004 National Marina Day (NMD) a number of resources, MOAA said today. "Taking advantage of these resources available to marina operators will be extremely helpful in making their National Marina Day celebration a quality event for those in attendance,” ...

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Coast Guard reviews pontoon safety certification

BALTIMORE – The Coast Guard is reviewing the testing process it uses to certify the safety of pontoon boats, after the early-March capsizing of a Baltimore water taxi which killed five people, an Associated Press story reported over the weekend. "The Coast Guard, as a whole, in light of this tragedy, is re-evaluating the whole process we use for determining ...

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TowBoatU.S. opens its first port in Louisiana

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – TowBoatU.S., will open its first port in the state of Louisiana, located on the west end of Lake Ponchartrain, owned by Steve and Suzie Case and called TowBoatU.S. New Orleans, the company said in a press release today. Steve Case, a USCG licensed captain, formerly with TowBoatU.S. Big Pine, Fla., and Smith Point, Va., will operate two ...

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SUTARS Aktiebolag appoints new U.S. distributor

UPPLANDS VASBY, Sweden – SUTARS Aktiebolag, a manufacturer of 12V electrical connectors, has appointed Bischoff Marine Electric, Inc. to be its U.S. distributor, the company said today. “With their strong presence in the marine and RV markets, Bischoff Marine Electric, Inc. will make an important addition to our distributor base” said Bo Strandfelt, SUTARS managing director, in his company’s statement. ...

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Bombardier restructuring leads to layoffs

STURTEVANT, Wis. – Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) laid off 12 white-collar workers from its outboard engine business in Sturtevant, Wis. this week, said company spokesman Dave Thompson in an interview yesterday. “As part of the restructuring of BRP following the sale of the company, we are rationalizing our newly combined office operations,” Thompson explained. “The result is a centralization of ...

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Tracker tops boats.com new powerboat search list

LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Tracker has moved into first place on the boats.com power top-20 new boat list while Sea Ray has retained its top spot in the pre-owned category. These manufacturers rankings for February are based on the most popular consumer searches by brands, new and pre-owned, and were released by boats.com in a statement yesterday. The boats.com Top ...

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Montes becomes sole owner of DeAngelo Marine Exhaust

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Robert Montes, who has been the president and part owner of DeAngelo Marine Exhaust, Inc., has purchased the shares of Mike DeAngelo and is now the sole owner of the company. The men purchased the company as equal partners in July, 2000, but DeAngelo, who has been vice president, will now pursue other interests, the company ...

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EchoPilot chooses Eastern U.S. sales rep

FAIRFAX STATION Va. – EchoPilot Marine Electronics, makers of forward-looking sonar and speed log products, has chosen Ongaro Marine Representatives as its manufacturers' representative for the Eastern U.S., EchoPilot said in a release this morning. The territory covered will range from New England through the mid-Atlantic states, the company reported. "The U.S. market is very important for our sonar products,” ...

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Albemarle adopts “Plug and Play” wiring system

EDENTON, NC – Offshore fishing boat manufacturer Albemarle Boats has recently begun to install an updated electrical wiring system in all newly manufactured Albemarle boat models that is more economical and efficient for consumers, the company reported in a statement yesterday. Commonly known as “Plug and Play,” the new system groups all electrical wires together with a harness, which is ...

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