In Brief: NMMA, MITEC, Atlantic City Power Boat Show, Tigé Boats, Bio-Kleen Products

A Pirates of Colonial America exhibit will premiere at three National Marine Manufacturers Association boat shows this year, the group said this week. The new exhibit gives visitors the opportunity to learn how pirates played an active role in early Colonial America and was created by historical researchers, authors and veteran museum coordinators John Moga and Jon Paul Van Harpen. The exhibit will be featured the Kansas City Boat & Sportshow; the Chicago Boat, RV & Outdoors Show; and the Minneapolis Boat Show.

SkillsUSA, which works to ensure America has a skilled workforce, is in the process of updating the standards for all of its technical competitions, including the marine industry competition, according to a release from the Marine Industry Training and Education Council. In addition to updating the standards to be used in their competitions, they are creating standardized exams in each of the technical areas they deal with. To validate the exam that will be used for the marine industry, SkillsUSA needs a minimum of 20 additional beta testers to register and take the exam before Dec. 31. To assist in reaching this number, MITEC has posted the link to the beta version of the exam at

The 31st annual Atlantic City International Power Boat Show will take place Feb. 3-7 at the Atlantic City Convention Center, organizers reported in a release. In addition to hundreds of boats, attendees will be treated to a number of special features, sweepstakes and seminars.

Parker Boats in Amarillo, Texas, is now an authorized Tigé Boats dealership, Tigé said in a release. Parker Boats serves the Texas panhandle area along with border counties in New Mexico and Oklahoma. Parker will carry the full line of Tigé inboard boats and provide authorized service and support to Tige owners.

Cleaning products manufacturer Bio-Kleen Products is moving into the accessories market with the introduction of a new product, the company recently reported. Bio-Kleen, which makes specialty cleaners for boats, RVs, snowmobiles and motorcycles, has introduced the Bio-Kleen Polishing Ball — a durable fiber ball that connects to a common drill to assist in polishing metals and other surfaces. The company says it introduced the polishing ball to complement their various metal polishes in the snowmobile, motorcycle and marine cleaner lines.

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