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Ohio boat dealer indicted on felony counts

PORT CLINTON, Ohio – Portage Entry Marine and Mary Lou Saliaris of Port Clinton have been indicted on more than 24 felony counts for allegedly trying to avoid paying sales taxes over an 8-year period, The Toledo Blade reported in an article today. Among the allegations are that the business failed to issue certificates of title, tampered with records and ...

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Newport Spring Boat Show expands in more ways than one

NEWPORT, R.I. – More in-water display space and an extra day have been added, and more professional brokers are expected for the 30th Newport Spring Boat Show, scheduled for May 20-23 at the Newport Yachting Center, according to a release from show organizers yesterday. Over 50 Yacht Brokers Association of America (YBAA) members and a large number of New England ...

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Land’N’Sea opens Houston distribution center

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – Land ’N ’Sea has opened a new distribution center in Houston, Texas, its parent company, Brunswick Corp., reported in a statement today. The new 30,000-square-foot facility represents Land ’N’ Sea’s 14th location in North America. The company said the distribution center provides dealers access to Land ‘N’ Sea’s selection of general marine supplies, boatyard items and ...

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NMMA launches tools to prepare exhibitors for MAATS

CHICAGO – A new video and Preparedness Kit have been developed by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) to help ready exhibitors for the Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show (MAATS), the association reported in a statement today. The format of the show, being held July 8-11, 2004, at the Las Vegas Hilton, is relatively new to the marine industry, and ...

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Turning Point Propellers offering new dealer profit centers

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. – Turning Point Propellers has introduced three new profit centers in order to help marine dealers increase their bottom line, the company said in a recent release. The 4-, 6- and 8-foot displays showcase a variety of propeller housings and hub kits. Each profit center includes a three-sided flag-pole sign, catalog/selection chart holder, header sign, propeller ...

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Boater’s World doubles size of distribution center

BELTSVILLE, Md. – Boater's World Marine Centers has opened an expanded distribution center in Denton, Md., doubling its size to 200,000 sq. ft., the company reported in a release today. The expanded warehouse, along with a distribution center in Topeka, Kan., will supply the inventory for all Boater's World stores and for the Boater's World Web site, the company said. ...

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BoatUS.com named Best of the Web pick on Forbes.com

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Editors at Forbes.com have selected the Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatU.S.) Web site as a “Best of the Web Pick,” according to a BoatU.S. release this morning. Forbes.com editor Lisa McErlane said the site was selected for its role in helping boaters "buy, sell, finance or insure a boat," and "for its great content, ...

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Florida Senate passes controversial manatee bill

TALLAHASSEE – A bill that environmentalists say would weaken manatee protection regulations passed the Florida Senate by a vote of 32-7 Tuesday, according to a story in today’s South Florida Sun-Sentinel. One provision of the legislation (SB 540) would set manatee population goals by region, and when numbers reach target levels in those areas, new manatee protection regulations would be ...

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Cap on boat taxes clears S.C. House

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina House approved a bill yesterday that would cap all property taxes on boats at $1,500, according to an Associated Press story today. Should the bill become law, anyone owning a boat worth $18,750 or more would pay no more than $1,500 in taxes, AP reported. The legislation originally applied to boats with a kitchen ...

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Tracker remains on top of boats.com new powerboat list

LAKE FOREST, Ill. – Tracker retained the top spot on the boats.com power top-20 new boat list and Sea Ray held onto first place in the pre-owned category, boats.com reported today, as it released its manufacturers rankings for March. The boats.com rankings are based on the most popular consumer searches by brands, new and pre-owned, at the Web site’s online ...

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