In Brief: Maverick Boat Company, Sanger Boats, KVH Industries, RBFF, IMBC

Maverick Boat Company, Inc., manufacturer of the Maverick, Hewes, Pathfinder and Cobia brands, is pleased to announce recent partnerships with the following dealers: Boat Center of Florida in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Maverick, Hewes and Pathfinder lines); Boater’s Exchange of Rockledge, Fla. (Maverick, Hewes, Pathfinder and Cobia lines); Indian Springs Marine of Largo, Fla. (Cobia line); Destin Sunrise Marine of Destin, Fla. (Cobia line); Ocean Marine Group of Ocean Springs, Miss. (Cobia line ); Bayracer Marine of Havelock, N.C. (Cobia SE line).

Towboat manufacturer Sanger Boats of Fresno. Calif., has chosen a new direction. After 25 years with a sole distributor responsible for its worldwide sales, Sanger has taken over the responsibility of its own sales. “The marine industry has experienced many changes over the last two years, and we look forward to the challenging times ahead,” said General Manager Brian Freeman. “Our ability to adjust our manufacturing pace based on the industries sales demands has allowed us to keep our plant running all through 2009. This is made possible by our dept free company and our unique and custom manufacturing processes.” Sanger said it has been a popular brand in the western U.S. and has plans on expanding its sales to the rest of the country and the world. With new dealers in Australia, Canada and South Africa, the company has implemented some brand new infusion processes to its lamination, allowing it to produce more units while maintaining “our tight quality control.” Currently, the company is looking for new U.S. dealers and more sales reps.

KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI) has formed a new distribution agreement with Japan Radio Co., Ltd. (JRC) for KVH’s TracPhone V7 satellite communications system and the mini-VSAT Broadband(SM) service, which will become JRC’s hardware and airtime solution for maritime VSAT communications. Under the terms of this arrangement, JRC will begin selling the KVH-branded TracPhone V7 system on a global basis through its established distributor and dealer channels. JRC will also be authorized to sell the mini-VSAT Broadband airtime service to non-Japanese vessel owners and operators.

The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation’s (RBFF) Anglers’ Legacy program has reached 200,000 Pledges. Anglers’ Legacy asks outdoor enthusiasts to preserve the legacies of boating and fishing by introducing at least one newcomer to the sport. More than 300 program partners, such as state fish and wildlife agencies, clubs and organizations, sports media and outdoor retailers and manufacturers, have contributed to the program. The latest additions to the Anglers’ Legacy program are new print public service announcements (PSAs), which are available in three creative concepts, each with a separate theme; memories made with friends, passing down the legacy to new generations, and the importance of conservation and protecting our waterways. Visit RBFF.org to request a PSA.

The International Marina & Boatyard Conference (IMBC) has posted a “Call for Presentations” at its Web site, www.marinaassociation.org/imbc. The conference, produced by the Association of Marina Industries (AMI), is scheduled for Jan. 26–28, 2011, at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. IMBC’s coordinators are looking for presentations pertinent to IMBC’s audience, which includes marina-industry professionals, Certified Marina Managers (CMMs), potential Certified Marina Managers, other marina operators, boat repairers, and more. Presentations can be designed for all levels of experience — from fundamental and intermediate to advanced topics. IMBC organizers ask that the information be timely, informative, and educational without overt company or product promotions. Deadline for submissions is April 16, 2010.

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