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Dealer same-store November sales decrease 9 percent

Overall marine dealer same-store sales decreased by 9 percent in November, according to the latest report from CDK Global Recreation. The monthly report is based on data from users of the company’s Lightspeed software. In October, overall sales increased by 5.1 percent. In November, overall sales decreased by 9 percent. Parts and service were down 3.1 percent and 1 percent, ...

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BoatUS advisory group gathers for annual issues meeting

A panel of distinguished boating leaders who serve as a sounding board for Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) gathered recently to discuss key issues impacting recreational boating, including the changing boat-ownership model and shifting boater demographics. BoatUS is the nation’s largest recreational boat owners group in the U.S. with more than a half-million dues-paying members. The group ...

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RBFF fishing, boat license widget simplifies buying

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation has announced a new fishing license and boat registration tool that’s available to all stakeholders. The tool is embeddable on stakeholder websites, bringing essential license and registration information straight to consumers. “For many consumers, the license and registration process can be intimidating,” said RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson. “That’s why we created this ...

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Groupe Beneteau completes acquisition of Delphia Yachts

Groupe Beneteau recently announced its had completed the acquisition of Delphia Yachts. The company reports its Polish subsidiary Ostroda Yachts sp. z.o.o. will have 80 percent of the share capital, while Delphia Yachts will retain 20 percent. In July, Groupe Beneteau announced it had signed an agreement with Delphia to acquire its operations for sailing and motoryachts under the Delphia ...

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NMMA board hires presidential successor search firm

As the National Marine Manufacturers Association prepares for the September 2019 retirement of President Thom Dammrich, a committee of boat, engine and marine accessory manufacturers, along with Dammrich, recently met in Atlanta, Ga. to interview a number of executive search firms. The board-based committee issued a request for proposals in the fall and after a comprehensive and careful review selected ...

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Nimbus acquiring JV interest in Bella Boats from Brunswick

Mercury Marine’s parent company Brunswick Corp. has entered into an agreement with Sweden-based Nimbus Boats to acquire the company’s joint venture interest in Finland-based Bella Boats. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. For the past 15 years, Mercury Marine has benefitted from this successful joint venture with Bella Boats, led by founder Raimo Sonninen. The acquisition is expected ...

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NMMA urges end to retaliatory tariffs

Last week, U.S. President Trump, Canadian Prime Minster Trudeau, and Mexican President Nieto formally signed the new NAFTA trade agreement – now known as the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) – on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. While the National Marine Manufacturers Association is supportive of USMCA, the agreement does not address eliminating retaliatory tariffs on ...

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Robin Brendle joins Bryant Boats in vice president role

Bryant Boats recently announced Robin Brendle has joined the company as vice president of sales and marketing. Brendle will head Bryant’s global sales and marketing efforts to increase its dealer base in open markets and build the brand in the family luxury and emerging forward surf markets. With over 20 years in the boating industry, Brendle has held positions in ...

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NMMA opposes EPA’s 2019 ethanol volume requirements

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently released its final blended fuel volume levels for 2019 – known as the Renewable Volume Obligation (RVO) – under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which requires 15 billion gallons of ethanol to be mixed into the nation's fuel supply next year. The National Marine Manufacturers Association has conveyed its strong opposition to EPA’s proposal ...

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Freedom Boat Club awards top performers at conference

Freedom Boat Club honored its top performers from more than 170 locations at a Big Easy, New Orleans-themed Franchise Conference Awards Ceremony in Sarasota, Fla. The top honor, the Franchise of the Year Award, went to Boston and Cape Cod franchise owners. Matt Carrick and Matt O’Connor. Matt Paolo, also with the Boston and Cape Cod franchises, received the Membership ...

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