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Charles Marine, HeartSine, West Marine to offer boaters defibrillators

CHICAGO, Ill. – Charles Marine & Industrial Group announced yesterday its designation as exclusive marine distributor for HeartSine Technologies’ Samaritan AED (automated external defibrillator), and said that it has partnered with West Marine to act as the exclusive marine retailer of the product in 2004. Considered standard equipment in many airports, cruise ships, government offices, hospitals, schools, restaurants and numerous ...

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Albemarle Boats adds new dealer

EDENTON, N. Car. – Albemarle Boats, a North Carolina offshore fishing boat manufacturer with more than 30 dealer locations throughout the United States, Europe and Japan, released a statement yesterday to name Florida Yacht Sales as the newest addition to its dealer network. “Based on past sales records of Florida Yacht Sales, we feel they will be a quality addition ...

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Wholesale dollar boat sales up 6.8 percent

CHICAGO, Ill. – Wholesale dollar sales of all boats were up 6.8 percent through November 2003 compared to previous year numbers, but unit boat shipments were down 5.1 percent, according to the November Monthly Shipment Report issued by the National Marine Manufacturers Association. The report went on to say that numbers for the traditional powerboat segments, outboard, sterndrive, and inboard ...

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NMMA reports mixed boat show attendance

Chicago, Ill. – The National Marine Manufacturers Association reported that attendance at three of the most recent boat shows has been mixed. According to the release, bad weather caused low attendance at the Louisville Sports, Boat, RV & Vacation Show and the Chesapeake Bay Boat Show, while attendance at Strictly Sail Chicago increased by five percent. Officials were pleased with ...

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Alumacraft Boat Co. reports record sales at January boat shows

ST. PETER, Minn.— Alumacraft Boat Co. recorded the best boat show sales in its history at the Minneapolis Boat Show and strong sales at the Houston Boat Show, as well, according to a company press release. Dealers at the show reported quick sales, selling everything from the company's Trophy and Tournament lines, to the mid-sized Navigators and Lunkers, Alumacraft said. ...

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Genmar production facility receives ISO 9001:2000 certification

SARASOTA, Fla. – The Sarasota production facilities of Aquasport, Hydra-Sports and Wellcraft Marine – all part of the Genmar power boat family – have been certified for the International Organization for Standardization’s newest registration, ISO 9001:2000, a company press release said. The ISO 9001 provides for a set of universal standards for a quality assurance system that is accepted around ...

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Croatia will host June’s ICOMIA-IFBSO Congress

GURNEE, Ill. – The 2004 ICOMIA - IFBSO Congress will be held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, June 2-6, and will be hosted by the Croatia Boating Industry Association, International Council of Marine Industry Associations secretary general in the United Kingdom, Tony Rice, said in a press release. ICOMIA and the International Federation of Boat Show Organizers, conduct a joint meeting annually ...

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NMMA selects IMCI chairman as winner of Chapman Award

CHICAGO, Ill. – The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has recognized Lars Granholm’s lifetime contributions to the marine and recreational boating industry by honoring him with the Charles F. Chapman Award, according to a press release. Granholm, who joined the Outboard Marine Corporation in 1961, has been involved with the recreational boating industry for more than 40 years, also serving ...

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Miami mayor to launch Strictly Sail Miami

MIAMI, Fla.– Miami Mayor Manny Diaz will officially designate Miami’s Miamarina at Bayside and Dinner Key Marina as “Clean Marinas,” during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Bayside Marketplace on Feb. 12 to launch the 19th edition of "Strictly Sail Miami," according to a release issued by event promoters. The ribbon cutting will take place at 10 a.m. and will be followed ...

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Boater’s World says it will carry Swobbit’s cleaning products

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Swobbit Products announced Tuesday that U.S. marine retailer Boater's World will carry First Mate cleaning and maintenance accessories in its 110 stores from coast to coast. First Mate is the new value-priced boat cleaning products line from Swobbit, consisting of hardwood deck brushes, telescoping handles, mops, towels and wiping cloths. Boater's World already carries the Swobbit System ...

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