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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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Brunswick enters supplier/distributor sector

Brunswick Corp., already the leading producer of recreational marine engines and fiberglass boats, spent about $133 million this summer to become a major OEM and aftermarket parts supplier and aftermarket parts distributor. Brunswick, which also builds exercise and bowling equipment, spent $52 million to buy aftermarket parts distributor Land ‘N’ Sea Corp., and it spent $47.9 million to buy OEM ...

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Finance Sector Firms Improve Efficiency

While the boating industry has seen an up-and-down year with the economy and fluctuation in sales, the state of the retail marine finance sector seems more stable. With technology improving and companies relying more heavily on the Internet, the retail finance market is becoming more efficient for dealers and their customers. The ease of financing has improved significantly over the ...

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Not just a .com anymore

In a year that has been flat for most of the marine industry, boats.com Inc. has seen year-over-year growth of about 35 percent. The accomplishment is an even bigger feat, considering that the company, known best for its online boat listing service, rode the wave and then the crash of the Internet boom a few short years ago. During the ...

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Boating Industry magazine recognized with prestigious Ozzie award

NEW YORK CITY -- Boating Industry magazine, which was purchased and subsequently redesigned by Ehlert Publishing Group, Inc. in October of 2002, won a gold medal Ozzie Award for its new look. The 17th-annual Ozzie Awards, which are sponsored by Folio: magazine, recognized Boating Industry as the Best Redesign of a business-to-business publication with a circulation under 35,000. The Ozzie ...

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Aero Marine Engine moves its headquarters to N.Y.

TORRANCE, Calif. -- Aero Marine Engine, Inc., a developmental stage company which has acquired the rights to the Dyna-Cam engine, will be relocating its headquarters from Torrance, Calif., to Ronkonkoma, N.Y., the company announced Wednesday. This site is currently the home to Perma-Tune Electronics of which Aero Marine shares commonality of ownership and is controlled by the same principal shareholders, ...

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