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PWC ban reconsidered at California reservoir

MORGAN HILL, Calif. – Officials in Northern California are reconsidering a ban on personal watercraft on Anderson Reservoir that has been in effect for the past six years, the Gilroy Dispatch reported yesterday. The ban was put in place due to the gasoline additive MTBE, but the chemical has now been removed from California gasoline, and the Santa Clara Valley ...

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Houston Boat Show features new attraction

HOUSTON – The 2004 Houston Summer Boat Show will feature a new attraction this year – the Blue Dolphin Beach Club – a beach-style bar for attendees to enjoy music and relax at the event, show organizers said in a release today. “This is a great place for boaters and folks that enjoy the boating lifestyle to mingle and celebrate ...

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Genmar unveils boat-rental program

MINNEAPOLIS – Genmar President Irwin L. Jacobs sent a letter to the company’s dealers this morning offering them what he described as a “blockbuster opportunity” to be part of a new boat-rental program from Genmar. “We believe there’s a need – and a huge untapped market – for a uniform and consistent nationwide rental program for boats and pontoons,” Jacobs ...

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Chicago Boat Show to expand

CHICAGO – The Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show will co-locate with Outside magazine’s newly launched Travel Show Chicago 2005, for what is expected to be the largest event in the Midwest market for recreational and leisure activities, according to a press release Friday from the National Marine Manufacturers Association. The show will be held January 19–23, 2005 at McCormick ...

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Boat ban considered on Washington lake

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – One proposal to ban all motorized boating and another to phase out the use of most two-stroke engines on Washington’s Lake Whatcom will be voted upon by the Whatcom County Council Tuesday, according to a story in today’s Bellingham Herald. Supporters of the proposals say boats should be restricted because they allow fuel to be spilled into ...

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Emeryville Marina completes renovation

EMERYVILLE, Calif. – San Francisco Bay’s Emeryville Marina has undergone an extensive renovation and improvement project designed to provide boaters more slips for larger vessels, improved access for boaters with disabilities and a variety of added marina amenities and upgrades. Marinas International, the permitted operator of the Emeryville Marina, worked with the City of Emeryville, to complete the reconstruction project ...

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Balmar upgrades customer Web site

ARLINGTON, Wash. – Balmar, a DC charging system components manufacturer, has redesigned its Web site, http://www.balmar.net, the company said in a statement Friday. The new site includes a full listing of high-output alternators, advanced multi-stage regulators as well as other products and accessories related to DC charging duties. It also provides access to technical support services, U.S. and international dealer ...

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Rinker Boat Co. is sold

SYRACUSE, Ind. – The Rinker Boat Co., which was founded in 1945 and now manufactures approximately 2,500 boats per year, has been sold to an investment group led by former general manager Kim Slocum, according to a story on an Indiana television station’s Web site yesterday. The new ownership, which includes the Chicago-based private equity firm Code Hennessey & Simmons ...

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House holds hearing on “monumental legislation”

WASHINGTON – The Workforce Protection Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Education and Workforce Committee held a “successful and enthusiastic hearing” on the Recreational Marine Employment Act, the National Marine Manufacturers Association said in a press release Thursday. The bill, H.R. 1329, was proposed by NMMA and sponsored by Rep. Ric Keller (R-Fla.). It is intended to amend the ...

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Strictly Sail Philadelphia takes shape

MIDDLETOWN, R.I. – Strictly Sail Philadelphia is taking shape with a floor plan unlike that at any other boat show, show organizers said in Sail America’s July newsletter, released today. All boats at the event will be arranged around the outside of the show for the most dramatic look and to give the show a boat-owners-rendezvous feel, according to the ...

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