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Success for in-person IBEX 2021

The 30th International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) announced that attendance exceeded expectations with the return of an in-person event. IBEX saw more than 560 exhibitors, including 80 new exhibiting companies, and more than 3,200 visitors. The IBEX docks were sold out with 29 boats on display, and the expanded outdoor displays included nine demos and exhibits. In all, there were ...

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Excitement continues to build for Boating Industry ELEVATE 2021 in Atlanta

Elliot Eisenberg at ELEVATE

Now that we are growing more accustomed to getting out and gathering as an industry again, top boating industry visionaries and emerging leaders are gearing up for the 2021 ELEVATE SUMMIT, November 8-10 in downtown Atlanta at the Hyatt Regency. The conference features a mix of highly targeted, executive level presentations and panels, coupled with intimate networking mixers. “First and foremost, ...

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Brunswick partners with dealer texting provider Kenect

Brunswick Corporation's dealer services team, Brunswick Dealer Advantage, announced it has partnered with Kenect to provide Brunswick dealers with exclusive pricing on Kenect’s texting solutions that include business texting from your main number, text-to-pay, live video chat, online review generation, and text web leads.  “Brunswick Dealer Advantage is committed to offering Brunswick dealers with more options to strengthen their businesses, ...

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SeaWide Distribution and NTP-STAG join forces

SeaWide Marine, the North American distributor of marine electronic and electrical products, and NTP-STAG, a distributor of RV parts and accessories, are combining to service the marine industry under the SeaWide brand. “This is extremely exciting for us and will enable SeaWide to expand our current business immensely,” said Mike Yarbro, founder of SeaWide Distribution. “Our customers will have a ...

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Anthem Marine awarded patent for ballast system

Anthem Marine Karma 23

The United States Patent and Trademark Office has awarded Anthem Marine patent #11110996 for its innovative ballast system for wake sports boats. The system eliminates pumps, complex plumbing and power issues, filling or draining in about three minutes. Further, it quickly drains dry to prevent the transport of invasive species. Anthem says its V3 Ballast System vastly improves the user experience ...

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Honda Marine redesigns two outboards and introduces a new smart boating app

Honda Marine made some important announcements at the recent IBEX show in Tampa. They engineered a significant redesign with the Honda BF115 and BF150 outboards, and introduced an all-new model, the Honda BF140, replacing the BF135. The company also introduced HondaLink Marine, a new, integrated smartphone application that provides owners with complete, remote monitoring capability and ownership information for boats anytime from anywhere. ...

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Rhode Island Clean Marina Program

Watch Hill Boat Yard, Newport Yacht Club, and Safe Harbor Wickford Cove were designated as Clean Marinas under Rhode Island’s Clean Marina Program, adopted by the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) in 2007, and revamped and streamlined through a public-private partnership in 2020.  This effort was one between the CRMC, Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA), Rhode Island ...

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2022 AMI Conference & Expo registration opens

AMI Logo

Registration for the Association of Marina Industries (AMI) Conference & Expo, formerly the International Marina & Boatyard Conference (IMBC), is now open at marinaassociation.org/conferenceandexpo. Entering its 20th year, the conference will be held February 1-3, 2022, at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach, FL. AMI is planning a face-to-face event in 2022. Conference fees begin at $399 and include unlimited access ...

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Industry veteran Larry Porche posthumously receives 2021 NMRA Mel Barr Award

Marine industry veteran Larry Porche, who died suddenly this past June, is the 2021 recipient of the National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) Mel Barr Award. The announcement was made by NMRA President Scott Kolodny during the IBEX industry breakfast in Tampa earlier today. The Mel Barr award was created in memory of Mel Barr, an independent marine rep deeply involved ...

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Sea Tow Foundation programs receive USCG grants

The Sea Tow Foundation – a nationwide nonprofit organization dedicated to spreading awareness of safe boating practices – has announced it has received two new grants from the United States Coast Guard for the 2021-22 grant year and is continuing a multi-year grant as well.  The grants – administered through the U.S. Coast Guard’s Sport Fish Restoration & Boating Trust Fund – will be ...

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