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An anchor for the ‘serious’ cruiser

The Spade returns to the U.S. market with a promise of a more responsive supply and support network Grassroots marketing has been an effective business strategy for a long time. Remember those door-to-door vacuum cleaner and encyclopedia salespeople? A Florida company aims to re-establish in the United States the well-regarded Spade anchor through a grassroots…more

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A ‘beautiful city,’ a healthy show

St. Petersburg’s sparkling new waterfront provides a more conducive setting for boat sales Boat companies and dealers were busy closing deals and hosting sea trials for potential buyers in December after the St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show. Everglades Boats of Edgewater, Fla., for instance, sold a 243 center console with a second helm station.…more

Smiles mask a victim’s inner anguish

Owner of devastated marina says his upbeat demeanor helps clients and employees stay positive A Long Island, N.Y., marina owner who suffered hurricane damage not only to his business but also to his home and his own boat says the marine industry needs to rise to the occasion and show a high level of customer…more

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‘It could not have been worse’

Storm damaged or destroyed 65,000 pleasure boats, with $650M loss; marina toll is yet to be calculated Marina owners, salvagers and insurance companies say Hurricane Sandy stands out as the most devastating storm they’ve experienced, leaving a broad swath of destruction with a record-setting tidal surge that mangled docks, destroyed boats and wiped out entire…more

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Paint Protection System and the Polishing System

You can help your customers avoid costly paint jobs or protect the finish of their newly painted boats with the Paint Protection System and the Polishing System from Sea-Shield. The latter includes three products for paint and gelcoat exterior-surface restoration: Heavy Cut No. 1, Cut and Polish No. 2 and Swirl Remover No. 3. The…more

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Blackburn Kube motor lead disconnects

Blackburn Kube motor lead disconnects, from Thomas & Betts, give your technicians a fast, snap-together connection that makes changing electric motors quicker and cleaner, the company says. “When you have a motor burn out, you need to change it quickly,” says Derek Stine, a technical service representative for Thomas & Betts. “It really makes it…more

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MagnaLight

Need a rugged, portable light for your work crew? MagnaLight by Larson Electronics has introduced a portable pedestal-mount lighting structure with a powerful LED that’s more than capable of handling rough working environments, says Rob Bresnahan, one of Larson’s owners. The light is mounted within an aluminum stand that can be used as a portable…more

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ABYC training at far less cost

Tailored to the new economy, Fast Trac cuts tech certification classroom time from four days to one Patrick Peck needs to update his already impressive resume. He became yard manager this year of Brewer Cove Haven Marina in Barrington, R.I., after serving as assistant manager for a decade. Now the American Boat and Yacht Council…more

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Sunny breaks at Suncoast show

Exhibitors report they had two strong sales days sandwiched around a washout Saturday The opening and closing days of the Suncoast Boat Show in Sarasota, Fla., saw healthy traffic on the docks, salespeople working on deals with clients and noisy, packed marine accessories tents. Then there was the middle day of the April 20-22 show,…more

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Powering the future

The industry’s propulsion market is experiencing a resurgence in next-generation product development Don’t be fooled by the paucity of new outboard models at this year’s Miami International Boat Show — there’s actually a lot going on in the outboard field and the broader propulsion industry. Engine and helm equipment companies are busy developing systems that…more

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