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Freedom Boat Club acquires New York franchise operation

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Freedom Boat Club, a division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), announced that it has acquired the Freedom Boat Club of New York franchise operation and territory.  This announcement comes just four weeks after Freedom announced that it had acquired the franchise operation and territory rights in the Chicago market. The scope of the transaction includes six New York area locations covering Long ...

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Barletta set to complete expansion

Barletta Pontoon Boats, located in Bristol, Ind. announced that their new, 146,000 sq. ft. facility is set to go online for production by the end of April 2021. The facility, located on the Barletta Pontoon Boats 37-acre campus, includes 19,000 sq. ft. of office space which will be available for occupation starting in May of 2021. Barletta Pontoon Boats broke ...

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Vesper appoints U.S. national channel manager

Vesper Marine, manufacturer of marine safety and communication products, announced that due to rapid growth in the vital North American market, Damien Frye, based out of Seattle, Washington, has been hired as U.S. National Channel Manager. "We are thrilled to welcome Damien to the Vesper Marine team as U.S. National Channel Manager,” said Jason Young, Vesper Marine, Global Sales Director. ...

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ValvTect welcomes 7 new marinas to certified program

ValvTect recently welcomed seven new marinas to the Certified ValvTect Marina family. The locations listed below are now fully authorized ValvTect Marine Fuel Marinas and all have met strict quality control specifications for fuel quality and formulation performance in accordance with ValvTect’s marine fuel guidelines. McKinley Marina – Milwaukee, WisconsinGulf Star Marina – Fort Myers Beach, FloridaHalifax Harbor Marina – Daytona Beach, FloridaShennecossett ...

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TowBoatUS opens Comox location

Local charter fishing guide Capt. Peter Mathews, who as child grew up working in the region’s nascent sailing charter industry, says he cannot remember not being on the water. The Canadian Coast Guard-licensed Mathews is now owner of Vancouver Island-based TowBoatUS Comox, bringing 24-hour on-water towing and assistance to recreational boaters and anglers in the northern Georgia Strait. This brings ...

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Newport International Boat Show announces 2021 charitable partners

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Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show, announced that it has selected two non-profit organizations as its Charitable Partners – the C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Memorial Clinic and Regatta and the Herreshoff Marine Museum and America’s Cup Hall of Fame. The organizations will receive complimentary exhibit space at the event and the opportunity to educate ...

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Registration opens for ABYC Foundation Educator Training Conference

ABYC Foundation

The ABYC Foundation announced their second Educator Training Conference, to be held July 20-22, 2021, in a virtual format. The “train-the-trainer” event is designed for high school and post-secondary instructors and administrators who either are teaching, or are thinking about teaching marine service in their schools, as well as boating industry leaders who want to connect with these influencers. “We were ...

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Freedom Boat Club announces first U.K. location

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Freedom Boat Club announced the official opening of its first company-owned location in the United Kingdom. The new club is located in Portsmouth, near Port Solent, and is part of the company's strategy for continued expansion in Europe which already includes locations in France. “We believe there is an opportunity to successfully expand Freedom Boat Club across Europe as boating ...

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Anthem Marine works on aquatic hitchhikers solution

Anthem Marine surfable pontoon

Anthem Marine has been working on ballast issues in the process of trying to crack the code on curbing the transport of invasive species by watersports boats. Anthem’s V3 Ballast System features openings on the boat bottom permitting filling and draining in minutes. Without any valves or seals on the boat bottom vents, the ballast system fully drains and promotes ...

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406Day raises awareness about emergency beacons

ACR emergency beacon for boaters

Today safety partners are joining forces again to mark the annual 406Day, raising awareness and promoting the benefits of emergency beacons as interest in outdoor recreational activities continues to surge. With more people than ever looking for ways to socially distance and head out on the water or try new adventures in the mountains, tracks, trails and other remote areas, ...

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