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Boating Industry names 2018 Top 100

Boating Industry announced its 2018 Top 100 dealers at a black tie gala Dec. 12 in Orlando. “From the thousands of dealers in North America — and hundreds of nominations — these 100 dealers are the best of the best,” said Top 100 Program Director Jonathan Sweet. “With growth of more than 16 percent, this elite group more than doubled the growth ...

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OneWater Marine Holdings acquires The Slalom Shop

Atlanta-based OneWater Marine Holdings has acquired The Slalom Shop with locations in Dallas and Possum Kingdom Lake, Texas. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. “I’m excited to welcome The Slalom Shop team to the OneWater family of dealerships,” said Austin Singleton, CEO of OneWater Marine. “Having worked with Darrell for 20-plus years as part of our Cobalt 20 Group, ...

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Priority One adds lenders to electronic closing process

Priority One Financial Services, Inc. has announced the addition of two new lenders to their electronic signature process called EZ-Sign.   Priority One was first in the recreational market using electronic signature technology and the addition of Medallion Bank and Aqua Finance, Inc. to the platform is the next step in the company’s expansion of electronic signature offerings.  EZ-Sign enables Priority ...

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Marine Marketers of America accepting entries for Neptune Awards

The Marine Marketers of America is now accepting entries for its 2018 Neptune Awards competition, which recognizes companies and individuals on their outstanding work in marine marketing. The annual competition, now in its 11th year, is open to any company or organization producing and publishing marine industry marketing work between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2018. The awards will be ...

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Pure Watercraft releases new marine propulsion battery pack

Seattle-based Pure Watercraft has announced the launch of a new energy-dense battery pack for marine propulsion. The battery pack that powers the company’s outboard motor now has a capacity of 8.85 kWh (47 percent more capacity than the previous model) and active thermal management, enabling faster planing, longer range, and extended operation at top speed. The result is a more ...

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NMMA launches new consumer boating safety awareness series

The National Marine Manufacturers Association has announced the launch of a new boating safety awareness series—boating safety brochures to help educate consumers on important boating safety guidelines. The series is available in print-ready and digital formats at no cost to the recreational marine industry.  Each brochure, which covers safety information, helpful tips, and contact information, can be printed as a physical ...

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Yanmar Marine International appoints new global sales manager

Yanmar Marine International has appointed experienced automotive service and business development manager Martijn Oggel as its global sales manager. Reporting directly to YMI Director of Sales and Marketing Floris Lettinga, Martijn will implement the company’s strategic directives in alignment with local offices and key distributors, further developing Yanmar’s leading market position in the global marine industry. The new role has ...

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NMMA remains deeply concerned about aluminum sheet tariff

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) recently issued its final decision in the antidumping and countervailing duty investigations into common alloy aluminum sheet from China, which affirmed the Trump administration’s 96.3 percent to 176.2 percent duties on the material. Leading up to the ITC’s action, the National Marine Manufacturers Association urged the government to remove all duties on aluminum sheet ...

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Angela Pilkington named Darlene Briggs Woman of the Year

Angela Pilkington of Correct Craft Holding Company has been selected as the recipient of the thirty-second annual Darlene Briggs Marine Industry Woman of the Year Award. The award was presented to Pilkington by the 2017 award recipient, Wanda Kenton Smith, on Sunday evening, Dec. 9, during the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas Opening Night Awards Celebration at the Rosen ...

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Smoker Craft names Krista Sparkes director of business, dealer development

Smoker Craft, Inc. announced today that Krista Sparkes has joined the company as Director of Business and Dealer Development. Sparkes brings extensive industry experience to the newly-created position, building on previous roles in powersports and marine sales and dealer operations. This includes nearly 17 years with Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), most recently as Vice President of Sales, North America – ...

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