In Brief: Pow’rTran, Nautique, Lake Union Sea Ray, OceanLED, Ohio Department of Natural Resources

The Bay Company, a marine products dealership in southeast Alaska, is the newest dealer for Pow’rTran, manufacturer of power steering, jack plates, power tilt and power trim and tilts for small outboard motors. Pow’rTran products include Pow’r Steer, power steering units for awkward or hard-to-reach transom or bracket-mounted outboard motors up to 20 hp.

Nautique has announced the dates of the fifth annual O’Brien Big Dawg Series. The two O’Brien Big Dawg qualifying tournaments will take place in Houston, Texas, on June 25-26 and Windsor, Colo., on August 28-29. Each qualifying event will pit up to 50 skiers in head-to-head competition for cash and other prizes plus a chance to earn an invite to the finals held September 25-26 in Winter Garden, Fla. The head-to-head finals will be webcast live from Isles of Lake Hancock.

To kick off the boating season, Lake Union Sea Ray, Starbucks and Concordia Coffee Systems will be serving espresso drinks transom to transom off a 55-foot Sea Ray yacht on the log boom and around Portage Bay in Seattle the afternoon of Friday, April 30, and on Saturday, May 1, starting at 7 a.m. There is a minimum donation of $3 for espresso drinks, with all proceeds going to Seattle Children’s, according to a release from Lake Union Sea Ray. Local radio station KJR-FM will be on board playing music and handing out prizes.

OceanLED has appointed CMC Electronics as its Canadian distributor. The new appointment coincides with OceanLED’s recent expansion across Europe, Australasia and the U.S. “We are very pleased to have CMC Electronics as our new distributor in Canada,” Terry Crockett, national sales manager for OceanLED, said in a release. “The company delivers exemplary experience and expertise in the Canadian Marine Industry and will be extremely beneficial in increasing OceanLED’s presence within this region.”

The popularity of recreational boating has reached new heights in Ohio as a record number of watercraft — 419,364 — were registered last year, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Watercraft. The previous record of 418,300 registered boats occurred in 2003. The totals do not include additional watercraft registered through commercial liveries.

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