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NMMA accepting nominations for 2021 Hall of Fame Award

Nominations are being accepted for the 2021 NMMA Hall of Fame Award through August 4th. As the Association’s most prestigious recognition, the annual Hall of Fame Award honors those who have generated or continue to make substantial and lasting contributions toward the advancement of the marine industry. The Hall of Fame Award will be presented during the IBEX Industry Breakfast in Tampa, ...

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Freedom Boat Club acquires one of Europe’s largest boat clubs

Freedom Boat Club, the world’s largest boat club operator and a division of Brunswick Corporation, announced the acquisition of Fanautic Club, one of the largest European boat clubs with 23 locations in major coastal cities and tourist centers across Spain. This acquisition accelerates Freedom’s growth in Europe and marks the third European country to be a home to Freedom Boat Club ...

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Brunswick launches the newest addition to Heyday’s lineup

Heyday H22 wake surf boat debuts

Heyday Wake Boats, a division of Brunswick Corporation, announced the launch of the H22, the newest addition to Heyday’s lineup.  “During our Investor Day in May, we announced our commitment to investing in a disruptive brand in the tow segment, based on extensive research into the needs of our customer. We are now thrilled to officially launch the H22,” said ...

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RBIEF grants record scholarship funds

The Recreational Boating Industries Educational Foundation (RBIEF) more than doubled the amount of funds distributed this year compared to years past, as qualified applicants express keen interest in careers in the marine industry. The Foundation awarded $18,500 in scholarship funds to 10 students.   The RBIEF scholarship fund was developed in 1986 by the Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA) with ...

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Contender Boats expands production

In a market trending toward brand consolidation, Joe Neber, president and owner of Contender Boats, recently solidified Contender’s legacy as a family-owned, Florida-based company by purchasing a second manufacturing facility in Fort Pierce. The 100,000-square-foot facility not only opens opportunities for the company to double the output of its highly coveted boats but also drives home the mission “for fisherman ...

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NMEA announces conference and expo schedule

The National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) is inviting all members and marine professionals to the annual international Marine Electronics Conference & Expo at the Orlando Doubletree Hotel at Universal Studios in Orlando, FL, Sept. 20–24. Registration is now open for the largest industry trade event focusing strictly on marine electronics. The week-long gathering includes manufacturer technical training sessions on Monday, ...

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MasterCraft elects new board member

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MasterCraft Boat Holdings, Inc. announced that Jennifer Deason has been elected to its Board of Directors. The appointment will increase the size of the Company’s board to eight members, seven of which are independent. “Jennifer is an accomplished executive and board member with an impressive track record of leading innovative companies across a diverse set of consumer-facing industries,” said Roch Lambert, Lead Independent ...

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Mastervolt reaches safety milestone

With an unwavering commitment to safety, quality, and performance, Mastervolt, a leader in Lithium Ion Battery Systems for the Marine and Mobile markets, announced that it has completed testing with the RVIA approved test lab, Testing Engineers International (TEI) to meet UL 1973 standards.  With the growing popularity of lithium batteries, they were added to the 2020 edition of RV ...

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WAGO hires new electrical contractor, wholesale specialist

WAGO has hired Danny Woodlief as their new Electrical Contractor and Wholesale Specialist for the Eastern US. He received his bachelor’s degree in Aviation Management from Southeastern Flight School and holds diplomas in Industrial Distribution, Engineering Technology, Marketing and Voltaic Energy. Woodlief’s experience as an electrician started in high school and continued through college becoming a technician for American Airlines ...

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National Sailing Hall of Fame announces 2021 inductees

The National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) announced eleven sailors comprising its 11th class of inductees. The Class of 2021 includes: ■ Alexander “Red” Bryan and Cortlandt “Bud” Heyniger – founders of Alcort, Inc. and designers and producers of the iconic Sunfish. ■ William “Carl” Buchan – championship sailor, Olympic gold medal winner and 1988 defender of the America’s Cup. ...

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