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West Marine appoints Stacey Renfro chief commercial officer

West Marine has announced the appointment of Stacey Renfro as Chief Commercial Officer. She joins the company's senior leadership team and reports to Eric Kufel, CEO. “We are extremely pleased to welcome Stacey Renfro to the West Marine team,” said Eric Kufel, CEO of West Marine. “Through her complex growth initiatives and game-changing strategies, she has built lifestyle brands and ...

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NMMA opens Hall of Fame award nominations

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Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 NMMA Hall of Fame Award. NMMA Hall of Fame inductees are industry icons—visionaries whose outstanding contributions have and continue to advance, guide, and transform the industry. To nominate a worthy marine leader, one must be an active member in good standing with the NMMA. Nominees should meet the outlined award criteria. An ...

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Propspeed Foulfree topcoat endorsed by Garmin

Propspeed has announced that Garmin has endorsed its Propspeed Foulfree foul-release coating system. “We are proud to have worked closely with Garmin engineers to ensure compatibility with and maximum performance from their transducers,” said Chris Baird, CEO, Propspeed. “Garmin sonar systems are some of the most popular choices for anglers and we are confident that Foulfree will ensure peak performance ...

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Boat Fix partners with Outdoor Network

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Boat Fix has launched its Power Sports Protection telematics device and app. In a new partnership with Outdoor Network, the company enters the powersports market by providing its new Power Sports Protection telematics solution to customers of Outdoor Network’s dealer network – Powersports Plus. “This is a natural evolution for our technology because so many outdoor dealers provide sales and ...

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Anthem introduces retail financing

Buyers can now apply for retail financing on the Anthem website. "We’re taking a page out of the automotive world handbook where clients can get pre approved prior to purchasing.  It’s designed to speed up the buying process and help clients focus on how Anthem elevates the boating experience without financial anxieties”,  remarked Anthem CEO Mark Overbye. Anthem’s retail financial ...

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Williams Jet Tenders launches in-house research and development space

Williams Jet Tenders has invested £450K in a new research and development space. This follows the company’s announcement in 2021 that it had invested over £1m in a new in-house molding facility and boat production unit. The 450-square-meter research and development space was completed at the beginning of May and houses a new test tank which is capable of water testing ...

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Yamaha names newest Certified Master Technicians

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Yamaha U.S. Marine Business Unit announced the marine technicians who successfully earned Yamaha Master Technician Certification during late 2021 and early 2022. In order to earn the certification, experienced marine technicians must complete six week-long courses covering outboard engine operating systems, proper installation, service and maintenance procedures, and troubleshooting skills. Out of hundreds of applicants, approximately 30 technicians pass Yamaha’s ...

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Tiara encourages support of GLBBS for workforce development

In the face of the pandemic, the marine industry has faced several challenges, including supply chain and workforce disruptions. In a letter penned by Tiara Yachts President and CEO Tom Slikkers, Slikkers makes note of these business challenges – specifically highlighting workforce challenges – and encourages greater industry support of the Great Lakes Boat Building School (GLBBS). GLBBS aims to ...

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IBEX seeking entries for 2022 Innovation Awards

IBEX will be hosting the Innovation Awards program during this year’s event, taking place September 27-29 in Tampa. New product entries are now being accepted through August 16. One of the marine industry’s most prestigious honors, the Innovation Awards recognize manufacturers and suppliers who bring new, pioneering products to market. Learn more about the program here, or contact Program Manager Rachel Harmon.

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Sea Tow Foundation honors franchise owner posthumously

The Sea Tow Foundation honored and celebrated the life and outstanding contributions of former Sea Tow Boston franchise owner, Capt. Steve Winkler, during a special Life Jacket Loaner Station dedication ceremony held on May 26 in Winthrop, Mass. Winkler, the franchise co-owner of Sea Tow Boston for 29 years, passed away suddenly on July 16, 2021 at the age of ...

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