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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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West Marine Buys Boat U.S. Stores

West Marine Inc., operator of 258 West Marine and E&B Marine aftermarket accessories stores, grew significantly larger when it completed the acquisition in January of the 65 retail stores operated by the Boat Owners Association of the United States (BoatU.S.). West Marine, based in Watsonville, California, paid $72 million in cash, and assumed certain liabilities, for the stores and the ...

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Palmer Johnson Purchases Intermarine Savannah

The Savannah, Georgia, branch of Palmer Johnson has announced that it has signed a purchase agreement to acquire Intermarine Savannah. Palmer Johnson Savannah Inc., a member of the Palmer Johnson Yachts group of companies, said it will acquire “substantially all assets” of BCT Real Estate LLC and Savannah Shipyards LLC, which have been doing business as Intermarine Savannah. The Intermarine ...

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Cleaning & Maintenance Products

As most sectors of the boating industry prepare for what many are predicting will be another flat year, the cleaning and maintenance sector is expecting a banner year, with some companies forecasting record sales. The reason for the optimistic outlook is that people take better care of their boats during challenging and uncertain economic times, when they may not be ...

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2003 Boat Show Season Not Meeting Expectations

For those who had hoped the 2003 boat show season would meet or exceed last year’s sales and attendance figures, disappointment reigns. The National Marine Manufacturers Association was one such party. NMMA President Thom Dammrich said this season hasn’t been as strong as was predicted this fall. “Clearly, it’s because consumer confidence has fallen again in January,” he explained. “Until ...

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Bombardier Launches Three-Star Two Strokes

Bombardier has introduced a new line of clean-burning, lightweight two-stroke engines the company says are going to change outboard boating forever. We took a spin on a boat equipped with one of Bombardier’s new E-TEC engines, and found it to be responsive, smoke- and odor-free and very quiet. The high-tech two-stroke motors reportedly require very little maintenance — with one ...

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