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Edson Names Pacific Focus Associates as California rep

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. – Edson International, a manufacturer of marine steering systems and accessories, boat davits, radar towers and marine pumps for sail and powerboats, recently announced that it has named Pacific Focus Associates, Inc. to represent its marine division in California. Pacific Focus partners Rusty Rutherford and Stan Susman will share the representation duties, calling on Edson’s Authorized Dealer ...

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Genmar creates VEC spin-off company

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Genmar Holdings, Inc. announced today the successful spin-off of its VEC Technology business into a new stand-alone entity. The newly created company’s official name is VEC Technology, and based upon the completed transaction, its value approximates $350 million. VEC LLC will be owned and operated as a stand-alone company with several strategic investors and partners, Genmar’s press ...

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Seastrike Boats purchased from VIP Marine

MIAMI, Fla. – Seastrike Boats LLC announced yesterday that it has purchased Seastrike Boats and all assets – including tooling for all models, equipment, raw materials and inventory, as well as the trademarks Seastrike and Sea Squirt – from VIP Marine, Inc., a manufacturer of fishing boats 16 to 24 feet in length. The company also said that after successfully ...

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Boats.com experiences record traffic in January

LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Marketing services company boats.com, Inc., www.boats.com and www.yachtworld.com, said yesterday that it had over 52 million page views in January, with visitors searching over 95,000 boat listings. That beat the Web site’s previous record for traffic, set in July 2003, while sales leads sent to OEM’s, brokers and dealers in this same month exceed previous levels ...

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BWI to discuss media’s role in Newsmaker session

WILMETTE, Ill. – "Stop the Bleeding - The Media's Role in the Debate" is the subject of Boating Writers International's "Newsmaker" session to be held Feb. 13, during the Miami International Boat Show, the BWI said yesterday. Setting the stage will be Richard Strickler, executive vice president with GE Commercial Distribution Finance, who challenged the industry last fall when he ...

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U.S. F&WS halts dock-building permits

FORT MEYERS, Fla. – A story in today’s Fort Myers News-Press reported that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will no longer approve dock-building permits in five Florida waterways where a state judge recently ruled manatee protection boat speed zones cannot be enforced. Bert Byers, spokesman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife office in Vero Beach, Fla., said 53 dock ...

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Outboard Marine Corporation Foundation selects recipient of $250,000 grant

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Center for Environmental Education and Research, Inc. said Monday that is had received a marine industry grant in the amount of $250,000 from the Outboard Marine Corporation Foundation’s Board of Directors, and will use the money to fund the continuing development of www.Boater101.com, the center’s online e-Learning Web site. In the official grant notice from ...

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Marina and boatyard event ends on strong note

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Organizers are calling the 2nd National Marina & Boatyard Conference and Exposition "a good first start, with lots of room for growth and improvement." Though this is the second year the Marina Operators Association of America (MOAA), the American Boat Builders and Repairers Association (ABBRA) and the International Marina Institute (IMI) have teamed up to produce ...

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Savannah International Boat Show expands

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Savannah International Boat Show has sold out its convention center space, as well as display space in front of the center, and is looking at expansion options after only one year, reported JBM & Associates, producers of the show, in a press release Friday. The show is scheduled to be held March 5-7 at the Savannah ...

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MOAA honors 2003 National Marina Day events

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – The Marina Operators Association of America (MOAA) honored three 2003 National Marina Day events with the association’s National Marina Day Awards, MOAA reported in a press release Saturday. The awards were presented last week at the National Marina & Boatyard Conference and Exposition in Fort Lauderdale. The Naples Marina & Boating Center of Naples, Fla. received ...

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