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Boat owner satisfaction on the rise

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. -- Boat owners' overall satisfaction with their new boat shows a year-over-year increase, with two of the larger-sized-boat segments, express cruiser and coastal fishing, showing the greatest increase in product satisfaction, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2003 Boat Competitive Information Study released at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show this morning. The study covers seven ...

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Technology plays major role in engine purchase decisions

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif.-- Less than one-third of boat owners indicate that they thoroughly understand the benefits of different marine engine technologies available on the market today and that engine technology plays a major role in their engine purchase decision, according to the J.D. Power and Associates 2003 Marine Engine Competitive Information StudySM released at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show ...

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Fort Lauderdale show producers expect growth

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Show producers of the 44th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show expressed hopeful expectations of the show, which began today and runs through November 3. Kaye Pearson of Show Management, the producer of the show told Boating Industry that sales and attendance are expected to be up dramatically from last year. In the past, the estimated ...

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NMMA and ABYC join in standards-certification partnership

CHICAGO, Ill. -- The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and the American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) have made an agreement that strengthens each organization’s efforts to encourage broad use of ABYC standards and the NMMA Boat & Yacht Certification Program, the NMMA reported in a statement yesterday. The agreement calls for ABYC to become a much more active participant ...

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Secured Marine Trust to launch online business application

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Secured Marine Trust (SMT), a marine financial services company, is launching a new online business application that accurately and securely expedites the entire transaction process for yacht and boat sales, the company reported yesterday. Created for yacht brokers and boat dealers, marine manufacturers, marine lenders, floor plan providers, and insurance agents, the electronic document and data ...

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New yachting magazine unveiled at Fort Lauderdale show

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- SYS-CON Media and Kircaali Media announced the launch of a new yachting magazine, International Yacht Vacations & Charters (YV&C), at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show yesterday, according to a statement from SYS-CON. The premier issue of International Yacht Vacations & Charters magazine will hit newsstands worldwide on Tuesday, February 17, the company reported. "Our mission ...

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Ritz teams up with Amazon.com

IRVINE, Calif. -- Ritz Interactive, the e-commerce network that includes online shopping sites, such as BoatersWorld.com, has teamed up with Amazon.com to bring a wide range of boating and fishing products to the online retailer's newly launched Sporting Goods Store, Ritz reported in a statement yesterday. The alliance puts more than 25,000 different marine-specialty items available to Amazon.com customers, the ...

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MOAA and IMI create plans to merge

MIAMI, Fla. – The Marina Operators Association of America (MOAA) and the International Marina Institute (IMI) released plans to merge yesterday at the International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition & Conference after years of discussing the concept. The two groups said they had become bogged down in the details when the idea was broached in the past. This time, however, they have focused ...

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IBEX attendance up as expected

MIAMI, Fla. – Day two of the first co-produced International Boatbuilders’ Exposition and Conference (IBEX) saw an increase in the number of attendees, according to show producers. As of mid-afternoon Tuesday, approximately 3,600 people had entered the Miami Convention Center show floor. That’s an increase of around 2,100 people from the first day of the show. "Everyone seems very excited," ...

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NMMA presents CSI Awards at IBEX

MIAMI, Fla. – The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) honored 29 boat and engine manufacturers today with a Marine Industry CSI Award for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction, at a special ceremony during the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) at the Miami Beach Convention Center, the association reported in a statement today. The CSI Award program recognizes participating companies that ...

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