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New marine service firm plans to go nationwide

MIAMI, Fla. – Tom Godart has plans to take his new marine service business, Nuts & Boats, nationwide, the Miami Herald reported in a recent article. The company, launched in April, is designed to offer maintenance, cleaning and repairs for the recreational boater under one roof, the newspaper stated. For a monthly fee that can range from $150 to $1,000 ...

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PR campaign launched to support marina expansion

BRISTOL, R.I. -- Bristol Marine has launched a public relations campaign to increase support for the proposed 228-slip marina expansion in Bristol Harbor, the Providence Journal reported in an article Friday. The proposal for the expansion has been controversial, with disapproval from the Town Council, Bristol Yacht Club and over 1,000 residents who signed a petition against the plan, according ...

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MRAA panel sends message to manufacturers

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Dealers at the Marine Retailers Association of America (MRAA) Convention in Las Vegas sent a message to industry manufacturers during the last of three of Jerry Martin’s Shirtsleeve Sessions yesterday. The Shirtsleeve panel took on the topics of dealer agreements and the shortage of industry talent, among other things. Legislation the only answer? Speaking on dealer ...

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NMMA to present new Directors’ Discover Boating Awards

CHICAGO, Ill. – The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has restructured their Directors’ Award as the new Directors’ Discover Boating Awards. The awards will recognize outstanding journalism that informs the general public about the pleasures of recreational boating, the association reported yesterday. Annual awards will be presented in five categories: newspapers with a circulation under 100,000, newspapers with a circulation ...

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New Web site for IBEX U 2004

BROOKLIN, Maine -- Boatbuilding professionals in the Northeastern United States and in Great Britain can now visit www.ibexu.com for details about the upcoming IBEX U 2004 events in Rockport, Maine, and Bournemouth, England, show organizers announced today. IBEX U owner and producer, Professional BoatBuilder magazine, has established a URL and Web site for the regional version of the International BoatBuilders’ ...

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ABBRA to accept nominations for Excellence Awards

WARREN, R.I. -- The American Boat Builders and Repairers Association (ABBRA) is now accepting nominations for its 2003 Annual Excellence Awards, the association reported yesterday. Awards are given in five categories: Dennis Snow President’s Award; Excellence in Safety and Environmental Practices Award; Excellence in Technology Award; Commitment to Training Award; and ABBRA’s Boatyard of the Year Award. The Dennis Snow ...

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A-ok launches new Web site

WESTERNVILLE, N.Y. – A-ok Campgrounds & Marina recently launched a new Web site, www.aokmarine.com , the company announced Wednesday. The new site includes pictures of the campground and marina, an explanation of the services A-ok offers, rentals and rates, information on things to see and do while in the Westernville N.Y. area, and a map of the location that customers ...

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MDRA recognizes contest winner

OAKWOOD HILLS, Ill. – The Marine Design Resource Alliance (MDRA), a non-profit organization committed to creating and promoting programs and events to advance the future of boating, announced the winner of its seventh annual Draw Kids Into Boating contest, according to a statement from the organization yesterday. Ten-year old Michael Hughes, of Grand Blanc, Mich., was the winner of this ...

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Vermont Governor implements reciprocal license agreement

MONTPELIER, Vt. -- The Hunters, Anglers and Trappers Association of Vermont and the New York State Council of Trout Unlimited have recognized Vermont’s Governor James Douglas for his instrumental role in implementing a reciprocal fishing license agreement between New York and Vermont, the association reported in a statement Monday. The agreement, to become effective January 1, allows anglers from each ...

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Attendance up at MRAA Convention

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Attendance at the Marine Retailers Association of America (MRAA) Annual Convention in Las Vegas has nearly doubled compared to last year, said Phil Keeter, MRAA president, in an interview yesterday. There are approximately 260 industry professionals at the show, about 200 of which are dealers, compared to about 150 total attendees last year, of which 110 ...

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