In Brief: Tigé Boats Inc., Inboard Online, ABC, Sea-Doo, Marinas International, National Marina Day, SeaWide Distribution

Tigé Boats Inc. has pledged to donate 100 percent of the sales of selected Tigé items to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to help in the recovery and reconstruction of hundreds of thousands of displaced people that are fighting for their lives and working to restore their communities. A variety of Tigé items, such as custom boat covers, biminis, and t-shirts, can be purchased at American Red Cross Disaster Fund Relief Tige Items. Purchase of any of these selected items will be a direct donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

Inboard Online, a Web site devoted exclusively to inboard boaters, has been launched this week at The thousands of brand name parts available include exhaust manifolds, impellers, propellers, boat motors, tower speakers, wake wraps and more. In addition, the site offers consumers 31 days to return their purchases, and there are no restocking fees. The site also offers how-to content from simple instruction to more advanced issues to help consumers keep their inboard engine running like new, more efficiently and for less money.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association has added an informal discussion with the U.S. Environmental Protection Administration and the U.S. Coast Guard on the implementation the Clean Boating Act to its American Boating Congress agenda. The session will take place at the Liaison Hotel, Washington, DC, on Wednesday, May 5 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. To register for ABC, visit

From March 28 through June 20, BRP will be offering consumers across the Sunbelt states the opportunity to experience its watercraft braking technology at Sea-Doo iControl Test Ride Tour events. The Sea-Doo iControl Test Ride Tour will coincide with other PWC and boating related events including poker runs, boat/PWC shows, river runs, and an on-water Easter Egg Hunt. These on-water test ride events are open to the boating public and are managed by the Sea-Doo iControl Team and partnering, authorized Sea-Doo watercraft dealers. Events in Houston, Texas; San Diego, Calif.; Los Angeles, Calif.; and Lake Havasu City, Ariz. are being planned in the time frame of May 15 to June 19. Visit for the most up-to-date information regarding the Sea-Doo iControl Test Ride Tour events.

Marinas International has assumed the management of Marina Del Sol, located close to Houston, Texas. The marina has 300 wet slips and a 200-dry-stack barn located on Clear Lake, Houston, Texas. Marshall Funk, one of the founders and managing partners at Marinas International, said his company is managing the marina for an investment bank. “Our management team will be providing operational oversight, accounting and also construction management as we rebuild many of the docks that were recently damaged from hurricanes last season,” he explained. “It is our goal to assist ownership in repositioning Marina Del Sol for eventual sale in perhaps two years.”

Promotional items for National Marina Day, June 12, are now available for sale on the National Marina Day Web site, Promotional items include can holders, t-shirts, buttons, balloons, coloring books, key chains, plastic cups, tote bags and more. The items come with the National Marina Day and Association of Marina Industries logos, but marinas may add their own logos as well.

Blackline GPS Corp., manufacturer and provider of wireless GPS location products and services, has appointed SeaWide Distribution as a North American wholesale distributor for Harpoon GPS. “Blackline’s Harpoon GPS product is exactly what our customers are asking for in this market,” stated Keith Wansley, vice president of SeaWide. “In addition to competitive pricing, Blackline delivers high quality products that offer security to boat owners as well as the potential for insurance discounts,” Wansley added. This contract is part of Blackline’s expansion strategy for its U.S. sales channels.

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