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Manatee research to support boat regulations?

FORT MYERS, Fla. – A two-year study indicates that manatees react to the sound of an approaching boat by accelerating and swimming to deeper water, according to a story in today’s Fort Myers News-Press. Scientists from Mote Marine Laboratory, Florida State University and the Florida Marine Research Institute found that manatees often begin to react when boats are from 165 ...

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AB Marine Group names new dealer

MIAMI, Fla. – AB Marine Group recently named Wolf's Divers Supply Inc. of Benton Harbor, Mich., as its newest dealer, Ivor Heyer, president of AB Marine Group, said recently. The 30-year-old dealership carries the Ventus, Navigo, Oceanus, Lammina and Nautilus lines of AB Inflatables. "We needed an exceptional hypalon boat and AB Inflatables are exactly that," said Nancy McDonnall of ...

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Xtreme to lease fire-rescue boat to marinas, yacht clubs

STANTON, Calif., – Xtreme Companies, Inc. will introduce a scaled down, civilian version of the FRJ 1250 fire-rescue boat, sold to fire and rescue departments nationwide, called the FRJ 1250PC, which will be marketed to marinas and yacht clubs, the company said today. "Through our new program, marinas and yacht clubs can now affordably lease the FRJ 1250PC,” Xtreme Companies ...

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EdgeWater Powerboats expands factory

EDGEWATER, Fla. – EdgeWater Powerboats recently expanded its production facility with the addition of a 22,000 square foot assembly building that brings the company’s total factory size to 72,000 square feet, EdgeWater said in a press release yesterday. The new building currently houses assembly teams building boats under 18 feet and the company’s 26-foot Express, along with custom products. The ...

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Stoll Engine Co. is sold

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – The Stoll Engine Co., a Southern California marine engine and parts supplier, has been sold to Tom White, he reported in a press release yesterday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but White said the company’s name will remain the same and the existing managerial and employee teams will remain intact. Stoll Engine supplies consumers ...

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Renaissance Marine Group’s 2004 sales up 24 percent

CLARKSTON, Wash. – Renaissance Marine Group Inc.’s (RMG) sales for the first two months of 2004 are 24 percent higher than for the same period in 2003, the company said in a statement yesterday. News of these increases comes on the heels of a strong showing in 2003 for RMG, when the company posted sales gains of 29 percent, RMG ...

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BoatU.S. Cooperating Marina Program reaches 750 marinas

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The BoatU.S. Cooperating Marina Program, which began in 1995, currently has over 750 marinas signed up to participate for the 2004 boating season, the organization said today. The program was designed to build incremental marina revenue while providing a valuable benefit to BoatU.S. members, according to the association. It attracts new business by offering preferential discounts to ...

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Cabela’s files for IPO

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Cabela's Inc., the Nebraska-based retailer that bills itself as the largest U.S. direct marketer of camping and outdoor related gear, has filed papers with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to issue shares of common stock in an initial public offering, a story in Wednesday’s St. Paul Pioneer Press reported. In its filing, Cabela’s said it ...

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Weldcraft appoints two new dealers

CLARKSTON, Wash. – Weldcraft Marine Industries, Inc., a subsidiary of Renaissance Marine Group, Inc., (RMG) has appointed two new dealers to carry its brand of welded aluminum sport and fishing boats, the company said yesterday. “We are proud to welcome Oasis Water Sports in Redding, Calif., and Boat Country in Escalon, Calif., to the Weldcraft family of dealers,” James E. ...

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West Marine increases its earnings guidance

WATSONVILLE, Calif. – Sales for March have been brisk, and West Marine Inc. believes its comparable store sales for the first quarter of 2004 could increase by nearly 15 percent, according to a statement yesterday from West Marine CEO John Edmonson. "March sales have been very strong and we estimate a comparable store sales increase for the month ranging from ...

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