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Mercury accuses Japanese builders of predatory practices

FOND DU LAC, Wis. – Mercury Marine has filed a petition with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission asserting that Japanese manufacturers of outboard engines have violated U.S. anti-dumping laws, the company reported in a statement today. “Our analysis shows that for some time Japanese manufacturers have been selling their outboard engines in the United ...

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Powerboat sales holding steady

MIAMI, Fla. – New boat sales in the 15-foot-plus powerboat segment held steady in positive territory during the months of September, October and November, according to Info-Link’s November Bellwether Report, released today. Of particular interest is the outboard fiberglass category, which continues a healthy upward trend, especially in the warmer states, Info-Link reported. Among the manufacturers in this segment that ...

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Judge approves Palmer Johnson settlement

STURGEON BAY, Wis. – Under a settlement approved by a Wisconsin judge, British investor Timur Mohamed now holds possession of the Palmer Johnson name and in exchange has committed to keeping the yacht building business in Sturgeon Bay with at least 100 employees for the next two years and three months, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported in an article today. ...

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MasterCraft launches virtual factory tour

VONORE, Tenn. – MasterCraft recently launched a new virtual Factory Tour that takes Web surfers inside the company’s 300,000 square-foot facility and gives them a behind-the-scenes look at how MasterCraft constructs ProStars, MariStars and X-Series models, the company reported in a statement yesterday. “We’ve always believed that if every prospective customer could take a tour of our factory, we’d never ...

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National Marina Day sponsors help extend its reach

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Marina Operators Association of America (MOAA) will be able to extend the reach of the 2004 National Marina Day (NMD) because of the support of its sponsors, reported NMD Chair Kirby Cay Scheimann, CMM, in a recent statement. National Marina Day is produced by MOAA and is an annual nationwide celebration of America’s marinas. In 2004, ...

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Skeeter Boats unveils redesigned Web site

KILGORE, Texas – Skeeter Boats has launched a completely redesigned and upgraded Web site that enables anglers to build their dream boat on screen complete with options and colors, plus a 360-degree rotating boat, the company reported in a statement yesterday. The Web site address is www.skeeterboats.com. This new site includes a Skeeter Product Host, Fish Fishburne, who gives a ...

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New Yanmar marine company formed

ADAIRSVILLE, Ga. – Yanmar Diesel America Corp. has spun off its marine business unit, creating a new company, Yanmar Marine USA Corp., headed by a new president, Thomas Calhoun, effective January 1, 2004, Yanmar reported today. The new company, headquartered in Georgia, will manage Yanmar's pleasurecraft and light-duty commercial marine engine business in North and Central America, with full responsibility ...

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US Marine reports boat show sales increases

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Increasing consumer optimism combined with new products have helped boost US Marine year-over-year sales by almost 20 percent through 15 fall boat shows, the company reported in a statement today. The growth was led by sales of Trophy sport fishing boats, which saw overall increases of more than 55 percent over the previous year’s sales, according to ...

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Canada’s wholesale dollar boat sales up 30 percent

CHICAGO, Ill. – Wholesale dollar sales and unit shipments of boats in Canada were up dramatically for the first ten months of 2003, according to the latest monthly shipment report released by the Canadian Marine Manufacturers Association (CMMA). Through October, wholesale dollar sales of all boats were up 30.2 percent for 2003, compared to prior year numbers, while unit shipments ...

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Boater’s World to promote Coast Guard initiative

BELTSVILLE, Md. – Boater’s World has committed to promoting the U.S. Coast Guard’s new public education and awareness initiative, “You’re in Command,” the marine retail chain reported in a recent statement. The initiative is designed to reduce fatalities, injuries, associated healthcare costs, and property damage due to recreational boating accidents and asks boat owners and operators to take personal responsibility ...

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