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BoatTEST receives sponsorship for 2004 TV series

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Mercury’s MerCruiser division, Suzuki Marine, and BoatU.S. magazine will be BoatTEST Publishing’s major sponsors for its 2004 TV series "BoatTEST REPORTS," the company announced at the Fort Lauderdale show, according to a statement Tuesday. "Both MerCruiser and Suzuki have been exclusive sponsors of our TV series since its debut back in 1996, and we are thrilled ...

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Jerry Wood recognized with Industry Award for Leadership

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- SAIL magazine awarded its Industry Award for Leadership to Jerry Wood at a private sailing industry reception during the Annapolis Sailboat Show, the company announced Tuesday. The award was made by Donald A. Macaulay, former publisher of SAIL, and accepted by Kathy Wood, Jerry Wood’s wife and owner of the United States In-Water Boat Shows. The magazine ...

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Powerboat sales on positive track

MIAMI, Fla. – Info-Link's September Bellwether Report shows a continuation of the "cautiously optimistic" outlook put forth last month, the company reported in a statement Friday. "In our view, there are three factors that support a positive outlook for the remainder of 2003: (a) the fact that September is in line with the past few months that show positive year-over-year ...

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Westrec Marinas expands in the Caribbean

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Encino, Calif.-based Westrec Marinas has been awarded the management and operations contract by the Port Authority of Jamaica for The Marina at Port Antonio and West Harbour Development Project in Jamaica, the company reported in a statement Friday. Westrec Marinas was chosen through a process issued by The Port Authority of Jamaica in the fall of ...

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NMEA hands out product awards

SAVERNA PARK, Md. -- The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) distributed product awards Friday at the NMEA’s Annual Convention and Exposition at Sanibel Harbour Resort in Fort Myers, Fla., according to a statement from the association. The NMEA product awards recognize excellence in design, performance and reliability in marine electronics products. The awards are selected by votes from marine electronics ...

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MIASF members question application of anti-terrorism laws

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The deadline is looming for those marine businesses along Florida's coast that fall under new anti-terrorism regulations in the Maritime Transportation Security Act, the Palm Beach Post reported in an article this morning. The problem, however, is that there remain questions about which businesses fall under the requirement to submit security plans to the Coast Guard ...

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C-Map to sponsor new BWI writing contest category

CAPE COD, Mass. -- C-MAP/USA, a manufacturer of electronic charts and charting systems for sea, land and air, will be sponsoring a new Gear, Electronic and Product Test category in the 2003 Boating Writer’s International (BWI) Annual Writing Contest, the company reported in a statement Wednesday. BWI member writers can submit articles published in 2003 for review by a panel ...

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Sales Up For Steering & Controls Sector

The steering and controls sector of the boating industry is seeing a rise in sales despite challenging economic conditions. Many manufacturers believe the reason for this increase is two fold. On one hand, the major advancements in technology and innovation in the steering and controls market is proving difficult for consumers to resist; on the other hand, the soft economy ...

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Marinas attract government attention

More government officials will think about marinas’ contribution to the economy this year than last year before they make decisions that could affect the marine industry. That was one of the goals established by the Marina Operators Association of America (MOAA) when it launched the first National Marina Day in 2002, and it appears it has been met. With 53-percent ...

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First combined IBEX upon us

By the time November 1 hits, organizers of the International BoatBuilders’ Exposition & Conference (IBEX) will be breathing a deep sigh of relief. Though the decision this spring to combine Professional BoatBuilder magazine’s IBEX and the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s BoatBuilding into one mega-event took the pressure off industry companies participating in both events, it put the pressure on producers. ...

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