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BoatU.S. criticizes proposed boat slip tax

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Boaters’ group BoatU.S. has strongly criticized a proposal by Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich to levy a yearly $50 fee on all marina boat slips throughout the state, it reported in a statement late last week. Instead, it is urging its 35,000 Maryland members to contact their state senators and delegates immediately to let them know of their ...

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Sass and Associates adds two industry clients

CLEARWATER, Fla. – The Maryland advertising agency Sass & Associates has added two new marine industry clients, it reported in a statement Friday. Brookes & Gatehouse, U.S.A., also known as B & G Electronics, has hired Sass to promote its line of instruments and autopilots for the power and sailboat markets in the United States. In addition, German coatings manufacturer ...

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NMEA schedules R.I. marine electronics installer program

SEVERNA PARK, M.D. – The National Marine Electronics Association has scheduled its Marine Electronics Installer (MEI) Training and Testing course to take place in Rhode Island in early spring, it reported in a recent statement. The course is scheduled for Saturday, Mar. 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Providence Marriott in Providence, R.I. The program has been ...

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Court rules against Florida’s manatee speed zone appeal

LEE COUNTY, Fla. – The state of Florida has lost its appeal of a Nov. 2002 ruling, which held that five state manatee speed zones could not be enforced because they were unconstitutional, the Fort Meyers News-Press reported in an article yesterday. Ten boaters in Lee County had sued the state in 2002, after being cited for speeding in protected ...

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Expectations for Yacht & Brokerage Show high

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – The 1.2 million square feet of exhibit space at the 16th annual Yacht & Brokerage Show, February 12-16 on the Indian Creek Waterway in Miami Beach, are completely sold out. And the wait list exceeds 50 yachts, organizers reported in a statement Thursday. “We’ve started the new year with a good head of steam,” said J.J. ...

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ABYC to hold 50th anniversary meeting

EDGEWATER, Md. – Long-time member of the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) George O. Mitchell, Esq. Lane Reese Aulick Summers & Field, PA will serve as the event sponsor at the 50th Anniversary at the 2004 Annual Meeting & Awards Presentation, according to an ABYC statement yesterday. Mitchell is a board certified admirality attorney and has been a member ...

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Jones Boat Yard reports upgrades

MIAMI, Fla. — Improvements have been made at the Jones Boat Yard for clientele with large boats and to enhance the experience of all yachtsmen needing work on their boats, the company reported in a statement Thursday. Owners Victor and Jose Bared said they remain true to their original vision for the Miami operation of Jones Boat Yard, as a ...

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YachtWorld.com reports double-digit growth

SEATTLE, Wash. – YachtWorld.com reported double-digit growth across all categories in a Wednesday press release, which said that the number of boats available on the site had “increased substantially,” to more than 74,000. The number of brokerage firms also increased, it was reported, to over 1,800. YachtWorld.com, a division of boats.com, said visitor traffic that promotes broker member listings has ...

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Mack Boring eyes expansion with land purchase

UNION, N.J. – Mack Boring & Parts Co. continued its expansion plans for the Carolinas by purchasing additional acreage for its facility in Wilmington, N.C., a Wednesday press release said. The land will provide the company an opportunity to double, or even triple, the size of its full-service facility, necessary to accommodate the distribution of the new, larger, Yanmar marine ...

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NMMA’s CSI program takes step forward

CHICAGO, Ill. – The Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI), a program undertaken by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) to help boat and engine manufacturers gauge the quality of their products and services, has taken an “important step forward,” said CSI director Terry Leitz in a press release Wednesday. The CSI, which has distributed more than 250,000 customer surveys since its ...

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