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Manatee fatalities due to boat collisions down

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Biologists with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s Florida Marine Research Institute (FMRI) reported last week that of the 380 manatees that died in state waters in 2003, only 73 manatees died due to watercraft-related injuries – the lowest watercraft-related injury rate since 1998. This news comes only one year after deaths due to watercraft-related ...

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SOBA schedules 18th Annual Conference

WARREN, R.I. – The States Organization for Boating Access (SOBA) has scheduled its 18th Annual conference, Boating Under the Big Sky, Listing our Accomplishments and Identifying our Needs, in Kalispell, Mont. on Sept. 18-22, it reported in a recent statement. SOBA said it is especially appreciative of this year’s sponsor, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks, as it sponsored the 2001 ...

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Trinity Yachts receives $700,000 state grant

NEW ORLEANS, La. – The Louisiana Economic Development Corporation awarded a $700,000 grant to the Port of New Orleans for infrastructure improvements that will help expand the New Orleans-based yacht manufacturer Trinity Yachts, Development Counsellors International reported in a statement yesterday. Trinity Yachts will contribute the remaining funds needed to meet a $1.4-million expansion plan, adding 90 new jobs over ...

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Miami show to offer kids boat building workshop again

MIAMI, Fla. – The free Kids Aboard Academic Boat Building Workshop will be offered for the second year in a row at the Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail, February 12-17, workshop organizers reported in a recent statement. During the six days of the show, Kids Aboard crew will be leading the children and teens attending the show in ...

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Sea Force IX plans for growth

BRADENTON, Fla. – Palmetto, Fla.-based boat builder Sea Force IX has launched its first fishing cruiser, The Bradenton Herald reported in an article on December 20. The 81.5-foot fishing cruiser, which has been sold at a price of $5.4 million, has been the main project for the company this year, the newspaper reported. The company was launched in June 2002. ...

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TrawlerCat looking to move to Florida

NOVA SCOTIA, Canada – Canadian boat builder TrawlerCat Marine Inc. is urgently looking to set up its own construction facility in Florida following a disastrous attempt to build its range of power catamarans in China, the company reported in a recent statement. "I've had enough of working in third world countries," said Capt. Graham Pfister, the president of TrawlerCat Marine. ...

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Lockwood Marine undergoes ownership change

SHELLMAN BLUFF, Ga. – The stock ownership in dealership and boat yard Lockwood Marine has expanded to include Jerry and Michelle Ham, the company reported in a statement today. Jerry has served as general manager at Lockwood for the past two years, and Michelle has acted as chief financial officer. Each has purchased 15 percent of Lockwood’s stock, leaving 70 ...

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Mercury Marine unveils 2004 boat show promotions

FOND DU LAC, Wis. – Mercury Marine is launching what it is calling "one of the most aggressive slates of boat show promotions in the history of the industry," the company reported in a recent statement. The promotions are in effect December 27 through April 15, and eligible engines must be warranty registered by April 30, 2004. Through the promotions, ...

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Florida boaters given reason to celebrate

CRYSTAL RIVER and FORT MYERS, Fla. – Boaters in Florida have reason to celebrate this holiday season with what some would consider two wins in the debate over manatees and boating. For one, five state manatee speed zones in Lee County, Fla., will no longer be enforced by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, the News-Press reported in an article ...

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Russo Marine plans to expand

MEDFORD, Mass. – Russo Marine has agreed to buy a 3.3-acre parcel of land in Medford, Mass., on which it will open a 42,000-square-foot facility designed to serve "the next generation of boating consumers," the dealership chain reported in a statement yesterday. Russo said it will be relocating its north of Boston dealership at the newly renovated building on the ...

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