In Brief: New York Boat Show, Tige Boats, International Marina Institute, RBFF, Norwalk Boat Show & Waterfront Festival, TowBoatU.S., Hooked on the Fly, Bob Saxon Consulting Services

The 105th Annual New York Boat Show is returning to the Jacob K. Javits Center with new dates, Jan. 20-24, organizers reported in a recent statement. The show, which will take place during its traditional mid-January time frame, will feature a new five-day format. In addition, for the first time, attendees can pre-shop the show, browse boats and schedule appointments with boat dealers at

Ski and Sport, Inc., New England Correct Craft and Drummondville Marine have joined the network of authorized Tige Boats, Inc. dealerships. Located in Rogers, Ark., Ski and Sport, Inc., serves the Northwestern Arkansas area, including Beaver Lake. New England Correct Craft is located in Rochester, N.H. and serves the entire state of New Hampshire and Southern Maine. Drummondville Marine is located in Drummondville, Quebec, near Montreal, and serves the entire providence of Quebec. The new dealerships will carry the full line of Tige inboard watersports boats and provide authorized service and support to local Tige owners, according to the boat builder.

The International Marina Institute (IMI), a subsidiary of the Association of Marina Industries (AMI), has added Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to the list of training locations for its Advanced Marina Manager (AMM) program. The AMM is scheduled for Dec. 6-11. AMI President and Chair Jim Frye suggested that Fort Lauderdale was a logical choice because of the professional and diverse marinas located there. The AMM course provides training in site planning, marina-development skills, marina-operation techniques, business strategies, risks and liabilities, environmental policies, and other topics as final preparation for IMI’s Certified Marina Manager (CMM) designation. AMM participants must be AMI members or belong to AMI’s franchise partners British Marine Federation (BMF) or Marina Industries Association of Australia (MIAA). Course fee is $3,295 and includes five nights’ lodging, opening network reception, closing dinner, breakfast and lunch daily, and all course materials.

The Take Me Fishing campaign Web site won several awards in the Web Marketing Association’s 13th annual WebAwards Competition, the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF) recently reported. was honored as an Outstanding Web Site in all four categories it was entered: education, leisure, non-profit and sports. In addition, the site’s social network, Fishington – The Fishing & Boating Capital of the Internet, was recognized with the Social Network Standard of Excellence.

The Norwalk Boat Show & Waterfront Festival closed Sunday with an attendance of 19,862, organizers reported in a recent statement. New enhancements to the four-day event, an improving economy and ideal weather through Saturday all played into the show’s success, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association. Attendance was up 29 percent over last year through Saturday. Heavy rains washed out Sunday, leading to a final attendance decrease of 17 percent over 2008. To attract new consumers, the show added a food and music festival and brought in the Time Bandit crew featured on Discovery Channel’s hit series Deadliest Catch. Another new feature was the Affordability Pavilion.

Mike Rowe, host of the Discovery Channel television series “Dirty Jobs,” tries his hand at removing a submerged, derelict vessel in the bug-and-creature-infested swamp of South Florida when the show’s fifth season premieres this Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Rowe will serve as an apprentice to Captains Bill Hicks, Andy Avins and Todd Seeds of TowBoatU.S. South Dade, an on-the-water recreational boat towing and recovery company that has been called in to refloat, remove and dispose of the sunken vessel that was abandoned after a hurricane and left to rot on the muddy bottom.

A new fly fishing show, Hooked on the Fly, will be launched later this year on the Sportsman’s Channel. The 30-minute, documentary-style HD show will air three times a day on Sunday, Tuesday and Friday beginning Dec. 29. The show is hosted by fishing guide Chris Travis. Each episode will showcase nature, adventure, and the conservation efforts being done to help protect the places the show features, as well as offer tips on how to catch more fish. Hooked on the Fly has partnered with LVRG Marketing & Media to develop and manage sponsorship, marketing and media partnerships, communications and distribution.

A year after launching his newest venture, Bob Saxon has renamed the Bob Saxon Consultancy (BSC) to Bob Saxon Consulting Services, a brand identity more fully descriptive of his client work and industry pro bono efforts, he suggested. Further, Saxon has launched a new Web site,

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