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Monterey and Blackfin Boats name new VP of sales

Monterey & Blackfin Boats announced the promotion of Kim Loenichen to vice president of sales for the brands. Loenichen has presided over the Monterey & Blackfin Boats sales teams as the director of sales for more than 15 years with tremendous success. Loenichen brings over 40 years of marine based industry experience to her new role as vice president of ...

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Highfield Boats reports record sales, names new dealers

Highfield Boats, manufacturer of aluminum RIBS and tenders, recently announced the appointment of four new dealer representatives serving boaters in South Carolina, Georgia,Kentucky, and Alaska. The builder said this major expansion of its dealer network has been prompted by growing demand for Highfield’s RIBs ranging from 6.5- to 28-feet, resulting in record U.S. sales for the first half of 2020. “Highfield USA’s sales for the first and second quarter of 2020 saw a 9 percent increase over the same period in 2019,” said Tom Watson, general manager. “Last year, Highfield made a significant investment ...

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Minnesota Brunswick operation named Top Workplace

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For the second consecutive year, Brunswick Corporation’s New York Mills Operation has been recognized as a Minneapolis Star Tribune Top 150 Workplace. The facility, which manufactures both Lund and Crestliner boats, placed 16th in the large Minnesota company’s category, placing the plant in elite company in the state of Minnesota. In winning a Top Workplaces Award for 2020, the newspaper said ...

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Invincible names new COO

Invincible, a saltwater sport fishing and high-performance boat brand, has added Thomas Wieners to its executive team as chief operating officer. At Invincible, Wieners will be tasked with helping to lead the company’s next growth phase, with a particular focus on enhancing operational efficiency while increasing production to meet increasing demand. Wieners brings more than 15 years of leadership and ...

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National Sailing Hall of Fame announces 2020 inductees

The National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) announced nine sailors comprising its 10th anniversary class of inductees. The Class of 2020 includes: James E. Buttersworth, the renowned 19th century maritime painter; Gordon Douglass, designer of the Thistle, Highlander and Flying Scot one-design boats;Robbie Haines. Jr., Olympic gold-medalist and world champion; Bill Mattison, national and world champion sailor and iceboater; Dave Perry, leading racer, coach, judge and author; John Rousmaniere, ...

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NMMA and MRAA release new COVID-19 resource

NMMA and MRRA release COVID-19 resource

MRAA and NMMA have partnered to release a new state retail reopening tracking document, which serves as a quick guide to retail guidelines by state. This new resource will be updated weekly and include the current phase for the state, what the parameters are for expanding businesses and where you can read the guidelines for retail operations. The latest document ...

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Boating Industry and Bill Yeargin featured in Department of the Interior press release

David Bernhardt visits Orlando Correct Craft headquarters

The Department of the Interior sent out a press release detailing Secretary Bernhardt's recent visit to Correct Craft in Orlando. And the release linked back to a blog post detailing the visit written by Correct Craft CEO Bill Yeargin that is currently featured on the Boating Industry website. This is the release: WASHINGTON – This past weekend, U.S. Secretary of ...

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Wake sport presentation shifts to safety advocacy

During his presentation "For the Love of Wake Sports" at the Discover Boating Experience during six 2020 NMMA boat shows, Zenon Bilas noticed a worrying trend among the audience. Few consumers knew anything about safety as it relates to wake sport driving and equipment. Bilas has set a course to change this. "There's very little information available on how to ...

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BoatUS Foundation: Don’t have your own fireworks show

BoatUS says no to boating and fireworks

Celebrating America’s birthday, thousands of boaters are expected to hit the water Fourth of July holiday weekend, recreational boating’s traditional busiest time of the year. The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water has a few boating safety reminders. While boaters will need to follow social distancing guidelines, that’s not the only COVID-19 concern, according to the Foundation. While ...

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NOAA recruiting candidates for advisory council

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NOAA is seeking applicants to fill the 15 seats of the new Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council. The Sanctuary Advisory Council will provide advice to NOAA that supports the management plan. Members will serve as liaisons to a broad coalition of community organizations to facilitate communication and engagement. Council meetings will be open to the public and ...

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