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Boat builder goes on second hiring spree this year

OCONTO, Wis. – Luxury yacht manufacturer Cruisers Yachts plans to add more than 50 new crew members to its Oconto facility immediately due to the production and assembly of the company's new 30-foot yacht – the 300 Express – which will begin in late July, the company said this morning in a press release. The new jobs created are but ...

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U.S. Congress forms Waterways Caucus

WASHINGTON – The National Marine Manufacturers Association is pleased by the creation of the Congressional Waterways Caucus, which was launched Thursday and currently has 54 members, NMMA said in a press release yesterday. "The creation of the Congressional Waterways Caucus is a momentous step in the right direction for protecting these valuable boating resources," said Monita Fontaine, NMMA vice president ...

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Dock permits flowing again in Lee County

NAPLES, Fla. – Federal permitting agencies have released hundreds of dock permits, and numerous dock-building projects are underway along Lee County (Fla.) waterways that have been off limits since the beginning of the year, according to a story today in the Bonita Daily News. Many of the permits had been delayed because of disputes over manatee protections in the area. ...

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NMMA introduces new e-catalog for MAATS buyers

CHICAGO – The National Marine Manufacturers Association is introducing a new marketing tool to help Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show (MAATS) exhibitors get their full product lines in front of the more than 200 buyers expected to attend the show, NMMA said in a press release Thursday. MultiView, the software services company that developed the successful Ultimate Boater’s Guide for ...

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Saga Marine begins using Kevlar

WILMINGTON, Del. – Cruising sailboat manufacturer Saga Marine has begun featuring DuPont Kevlar brand fiber in the hulls of its yacht line, Saga Marine said in a press release yesterday. The addition of the Kevlar brand fiber to Saga’s hull laminate process, which was the result of three years of research and development, enables the company to build sailboats with ...

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ABA names primary supplier of marine upholstery vinyl

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The American Boatbuilders Association has named the Marine Specialties Group a primary supplier of choice for marine upholstery vinyl, it reported in a recent statement. “We are pleased to continue our longstanding relationship with the American Boatbuilders Association,” said Karen Wolf, president of MSG. “As a primary supplier of choice, we will be able to continue ...

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IBEX 2004: Biggest boat building show ever?

BROOKLIN, Maine — Exhibition space for the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference (IBEX), projected to be the largest boat building trade event in the world, is quickly selling out, organizers reported in a statement yesterday. The 2004 IBEX, set to take place Oct. 25-27 show at the Miami Beach Convention Center, is only the second event in the show’s 14-year ...

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Illinois to tax all private boat sales?

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A bill that would impose a sales tax of 6.25 percent on all private sales of boats was narrowly passed by a Senate committee of the Illinois State Legislature Wednesday, according to a story in today’s Bloomington Pantagraph newspaper. Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has proposed the tax, which would go into effect July 1, as part of ...

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BoatU.S. Foundation adds 40 Life Jacket Loaner sites

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The BoatU.S. Foundation Life Jacket Loaner Program is adding 40 new sites to its nationwide initiative, which provides parents with the opportunity to borrow a properly sized children's life jacket at readily accessible launch ramps, marinas and waterfront businesses, BoatU.S. said in a release today. Since its inception seven years ago, the program has saved the lives ...

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Onan and Grand Banks Yachts sign e-QD agreement

MINNEAPOLIS – Marine genset manufacturer Onan has signed a preferred supplier agreement with Grand Banks Yachts, Ltd., Onan said in a recent press release. All yachts manufactured by Grand Banks that have generator sets will now offer Onan electronic Quiet Diesel (e-QD) gensets as standard, according to the company. "The new e-QD generators are significantly quieter and smaller than previous ...

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