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Joe Hunter promoted to Vice President of Engineering at Grady-White Boats

Grady-White Boats has announced the promotion of Joe Hunter to Vice President of Engineering. Hunter joined the Grady-White Engineering team in 1988, after college graduation. He was promoted in 2004 to his most recent leadership position as the Engineering Manager and has been directing the Engineering Department since the retirement of Vice President of Engineering, David Neese, in December of 2019.In ...

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MarineMax to acquire Intrepid Powerboats

MarineMax announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Intrepid Powerboats (Intrepid), a premier manufacturer of powerboats. MarineMax expects the acquisition to close before December 31, 2021, and to be accretive in its first full twelve-month period. Intrepid Powerboats is recognized as a world-class producer of customized boats, carefully reflecting the unique desires of each individual owner. Based in Largo, Florida, ...

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RBFF names new president and CEO

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) announced Dave Chanda as the organization’s new president and chief executive officer. In his new role, Chanda will manage all aspects of RBFF operations and assume responsibility for meeting the strategic goals set by RBFF leadership. Chanda, who originally joined the RBFF team in 2017 as Vice President of State & Federal Engagement, ...

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Sea Tow Foundation issues final call for 2021 safety awards entries

The Sea Tow Foundation in cooperation with its newly rebranded Boating Safety Advisory Council (formerly North American Sober Skipper Advisory Council) has issued the official call for entry for its 2021 “National Boating Industry Safety Awards.” Now in its third year, the contest features 10 categories of entry, all of which recognize top boating safety programs and campaigns within the ...

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Norwalk Boat Show reports strong return

The 2021 Progressive Insurance Norwalk Boat Show, which ran Sept. 23-26, marked the return of NMMA’s boat and sport shows—and came back strong. Attendance reached 12,976 – up 1% compared to 2019 – with double-digit increases over the weekend. What’s more, the Norwalk show saw an uptick in first-time show goers and new boat buyers in attendance, and exhibitors reported robust ...

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Suntex officially assumes control of Las Olas Marina

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Suntex Marina Investors, LLC (Suntex) announced that Suntex has taken occupancy of the Las Olas Marina in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Suntex will now commence its plans to develop the marina and transform it into a world-class marine facility. Las Olas Marina is a centerpiece of the world-renowned Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, and Suntex looks forward to Las Olas Marina becoming ...

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Ivan Cross receives 2021 NMRA Old Pro Award

Ivan Cross of The Merifield Company is the 2021 recipient of the National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) Old Pro Award. The presentation to Cross was made by NMRA President Scott Kolodny during the NMRA annual membership meeting at IBEX last week. The NMRA Old Pro Award annually recognizes a member who actively contributes to the Association and the marine rep ...

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Watershed Innovation announces Osmosis Telematics, Centurion app

Osmosis is a telematics platform developed by Watershed Innovation that connects users to their boats over a cellular connection all over the world. With Osmosis, thousands of owners now have access to key information about their boats throughout the warranty period without additional fees or subscriptions. The platform includes a free custom branded consumer app while enabling remote diagnostics for service, much ...

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Southern Marinas acquires Hayden Lake Marina

Southern Marinas Holdings II, LLC, a partnership between a Denver-based private investment firm and Southern Marinas, LLC, announced today the purchase of Hayden Lake Marina, located on picturesque Hayden Lake, in the Coeur d’Alene region of Idaho. Surrounded by beautiful timber shores, crystal-clear waters, and 40 miles of shoreline, Hayden Lake Marina offers the only public moorage on Hayden Lake, ...

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OIA, ORR seek input for Workforce Assessment Survey

The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) – of which NMMA is a founding member – has been working in collaboration with the Outdoor Industry Association and Oregon State University's Center for the Outdoor Recreation Economy on a survey to gather information about industry needs for workforce development and diversity, equity, and inclusion advancement. The voluntary Workforce Assessment Survey is seeking participation from leadership ...

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