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Michigan City invests in show’s future

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. – The 25th annual Michigan City In-Water Boat Show promises to be bigger than ever because of a $115,000 investment the Port Authority has made to improve the show’s electrical infrastructure, reported organizers in a recent statement. Today's boats are bigger and require more power, just like the boat show itself. In 1980 – the year the ...

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Sea Tow opens Missouri franchise

SOUTHOLD, N.Y. – Sea Tow Services International, Inc., which bills itself as the world’s largest marine assistance company, has opened a franchise on Table Rock Lake in Kimberling City, Mo., the company said in statement yesterday. Sea Tow Table Rock, located at the Port of Kimberling Marina, is the second Sea Tow franchise to open in Missouri in a year, ...

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MAATS exhibit space sold out

CHICAGO – The exhibit floor of the Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show (MAATS) has sold out, with almost 300 companies signing up to fill more than 440 booths covering 35,320 square feet, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) said in a statement yesterday. Although the floor space is filled, NMMA said opportunities still exist for companies to present new products ...

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Boater’s World says sales up in 2004

BELTSVILLE, Md. – Comparable store sales have been up in each of the first three months of 2003 at Boater's World Marine Centers, according to a company press release issued today. Sales were up 14 percent in January, 18 percent in February and 14 percent in March, the company said. "We know consumers have a choice in where they shop, ...

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Walker Bay establishes European foothold

UNION GAP, Wash. – Walker Bay Boats Inc. and England’s E. P. Barrus Ltd. have established Walker Bay Europe Ltd. (WBE), according to a Walker Bay press release today. WBE is a sales and service company that will support the sales of Walker Bay boats throughout its distributor network in Europe, Africa and the Middle East and will be based ...

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Attendance up 7 percent at Pacific Sail Expo

OAKLAND, Calif. – Approximately 13,000 people attended the five-day Pacific Sail Expo, which concluded April 18 at Oakland's Jack London Square – a 7-percent increase over last year's attendance, according to a release yesterday from Sail America. Sales were also brisk during the show, with several exhibitors setting company sales records, the association reported. "There was a much stronger buying ...

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Boating Writers International elects Hendricks to board

WILMETTE, Ill. – Boating Writers International (BWI) members voted in late March to elect Jim Hendricks to the association's board of directors, where he will serve a three-year term through 2006, BWI reported in a statement yesterday. Hendricks will replace freelance writer Louisa Rudeen, who chose to step down at the end of her term. BWI active and associate members ...

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iboats.com doubles forum membership

SALT LAKE CITY – The forums portion of Utah-based iboats.com has grown dramatically over the last year, with membership doubling over the last 12 months from 20,000 to 40,095 (100.5 percent) and numbers of posts up from 165,917, to 409,998 (147.1 percent), according an iboats.com statement yesterday. The number of topics/questions discussed have also more than doubled, from 32,967 in ...

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Southport Boat Works adds six dealerships

WILMINGTON, N.C. – Southport Boat Works has added six new dealerships for the company's outboard-powered sport fishing boat line, the company said in a statement yesterday. They include: Boats Inc. (Niantic, Conn.); Cataumet Boats (Bourne/Cape Cod, Mass. and Chatham, Mass.); Marina One (Deerfield Beach, Fla. and Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.); Caribee Boat Sales (Plantation Key, Fla.); Naples Boat Mart (Naples, ...

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PWC ban could be lifted in Gulf Islands National Seashore

PENSACOLA, Fla. – A ban on personal watercraft (PWC) in Gulf Islands National Seashore waters could soon be lifted, according to a story in today's Pensacola News Journal. Seashore officials recently completed an environmental assessment to decide if a 2002 ban on PWC in the park should be continued, lifted, or amended with certain stipulations. "Our preferred option is to ...

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