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Skeeter introduces all-new ZX150 bass boat

Skeeter kicked off 2020 with the introduction of an all-new ZX150 bass boat with features designed to create more room, better fishability and a powerful ride. “The new ZX150 has all the right bells, whistles and improvements that make it an optimal choice for freshwater tournament anglers,” said Jeff Stone, senior vice president, Skeeter Boats. “It’s comfortable, fast and built ...

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Deadline for MIBS Innovation Awards nears

The deadline for entries for the Progressive® Insurance Miami International Boat Show® Innovation Awards program is at the end of this week, January 10. The program provides the opportunity for eligible exhibitors to enter new products into 26 product categories. The 2020 Innovation Award winners will be announced and honored during the Miami Boat Show's Innovation Breakfast on February 14, ...

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Discover Boating highlights 2019 accomplishments

Discover Boating invited people to take a look back at this year’s Discover Boating marketing efforts to see how the industry-wide campaign is helping reach new boaters, in a recent "Year in Review." See the full post from Discover Boating below: Introduced new people to the boating lifestyleThis year’s digital advertising campaign, known as Awesome Bay, reached the right people in ...

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MIASF promotes new vice president

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) announced that Lori Wheeler has been promoted from director of operations to vice president of the association, beginning immediately. With MIASF since 2014, Wheeler has steadily advanced and continually taken on greater leadership roles and responsibilities, along with publicly representing the association. Wheeler has lived in Broward County for more than 10 ...

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Boston Whaler congratulates 2019 employee award recipients

Boston Whaler honored its longtime employees during a Service Awards ceremony held on December 3. Awards were presented to employees who have been a part of the organization for 5 or more years. In total, more than 120 employees were honored at the ceremony, where they were each presented with a gift and posed for a photo with president Nick ...

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Freedom Boat Club Jacksonville adds assistant director of marketing

Freedom Boat Club Jacksonville announced Luke Bickerstaff has joined the organization as the assistant director of marketing. Bickerstaff will be responsible for all ad design and copywriting. He will manage the franchise’s social media, assist in writing for video scripts and press releases and will be responsible for marketing analytics. Bickerstaff will work directly with Lisa Almeida, the co-owner of Freedom ...

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Chicago Boat Show to celebrate 90 years

The 90th Annual Progressive Insurance Chicago Boat, RV & Sail Show returns to Chicago Wednesday, Jan. 8 – Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, with new features and events. The event will showcase over 700 boats, 100 RVs, sailing and boating educational opportunities, plus the latest in technology and outdoor accessories, the show will also introduce the new Discover Boating Experience and a special ...

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NMMA calls for annual survey participants

NMMA is calling on all recreational boating industry stakeholders to participate in the association’s second annual advocacy survey, which will play an important role in shaping the organization’s 2020 policy priorities. Click here to take the survey. NMMA says direct stakeholder feedback is essential to ensuring the industry’s advocacy efforts are robust and effective. Last year, more than 1,500 industry representatives ...

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Happy Holidays from Boating Industry

Happy Holidays from all of us here at Boating Industry! We hope that your holiday season is filled with family, friends and well-deserved relaxation. In observance of the holidays, Boating Industry will not publish a newsletter Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2019 and Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. Newsletters will resume Jan. 2, 2020. Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year!

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Congress approves $1.4 trillion spending package

Just before the holiday break, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passed a $1.4 trillion spending package to fund the federal government through fiscal year 2020, which includes nearly all the recreational boating industry’s top funding priorities. The NMMA outlined the industry’s requests earlier this year, advocating for programs vital to promoting and protecting boating access and local economies ...

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