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Bass Pro to open 280,000 sq. ft. store near Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Bass Pro Shops, an outdoor gear, clothing and accessories store chain will open its second-largest store in Clarksville, Ind., across the Ohio River from Louisville, the company said recently. The 280,000-square-foot store is tentatively scheduled to open during the fall of 2005 and will be the largest Bass Pro store east of the Mississippi River, and ...

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Whale Water Systems names new manufacturers representatives

PEABODY, Mass. – Whale Water Systems is expanding its US sales network with the addition of two manufacturers representative firms, the manufacturer of manual & electric pumps and Quick Connect plumbing and faucets for marine freshwater, bilgewater and wastewater systems, said yesterday. The JB Dunn Company of Deerfield Beach, Fla. will represent the Whale product line in the southeastern US ...

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Interest rates buoy pleasure boat sales

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Sales of pleasure boats nationwide are on a modest upward trend according to a story in today’s Providence Business News. The story quoted the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) as saying sales increased 1 percent and the dollar amount spent on boats increased 9.3 percent in 2003. The industry saw $16 billion in sales of new boats, ...

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Attendance at Atlantic City show up 27 percent

PHILADELPHIA – Attendance at the Atlantic City International Powerboat Show (ACIPBS) rose 27 percent from last year to this, a show press release said today. A total of 58,018 attended the five-day National Marine Manufacturers Association’s (NMMA) event that ran from Feb. 4-8 at the Atlantic City Convention Center. The show reported record boat sales as well, the release said. ...

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Keybank reports good results from Yacht & Brokerage show

CLEVELAND – The Key Recreation Lending Division of KeyBank USA is reporting good results from the 2004 Yacht & Brokerage Show on Miami Beach, Feb. 12-16, a company release said Friday. Kenneth R. Landon, CEO of Key Recreation Lending and executive vice president of KeyCorp, reports a “noticeable increase in boat loan applications since the show,” the statement reported. "We ...

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Manatee count is fourth-highest since 1991

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Biologists conducting an annual state manatee survey recently counted more than 2,500 manatees, the fourth-highest manatee count since 1991, according to preliminary statistics cited in a story today in the Tampa Tribune. Biologists working for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission's Florida Marine Research Institute counted 2,568 manatees between the gulf coast and east coast ...

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A gap in industry knowledge

gap in the boating industry’s understanding of its own consumers may make it hard to accurately gauge the potential impact of the petition Mercury Marine submitted to the International Trade Commission (ITC) in January. Mercury’s petition alleges that Japanese engine builders have been selling outboards in the U.S. for an amount significantly less than what is being charged in Japan, ...

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Hope on the horizon for the NY boat show

While the New York National Boat Show has yet to obtain a new, better date range, both organizers and exhibitors have more reasons to be optimistic about the show’s future this year than last. For one, while the show was slammed with a 26-percent decline in attendance in 2003, it rebounded significantly this year, despite worse dates and fewer show ...

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Genmar digs deep into women’s market

Boat building conglomerate Genmar Holdings Inc. may not be bragging too loudly about it, but the company is putting forth a substantial effort to get women more involved in boating. Late last summer, Genmar reported that it had launched its Women Making Waves program, which helps dealers target women through educational seminars that teach boating basics. Since then, however, the ...

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New Technologies Hit Propulsion Market

Today jet drives, steerable nozzles, and electric motors represent the new technologies in the propulsion field. But with all the competition to develop the next big thing, and all the innovations that are the result, how are those involved with propulsion really doing? Is business good? And what will come next to help better, more efficiently, move boats from point ...

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