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Boat sales drop in July

Recreational boating weathered a rough July as sales fell across most major industry categories.

Built to weather a storm

In 2005, the eye of Hurricane Katrina made its final landfall on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, devastating towns such as Bay St. Louis, where the waterfront and downtown suffered heavy damage.

Boat sales drop in July

Recreational boating weathered a rough July as sales fell across most major industry categories.

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Boat sales show small gains in May

The spring began with much promise in the recreational boat industry — 20 percent sales gains in March — but apart from a few reliable growth engines, overall sales in May weren’t much stronger than they had been during a weak April.

The carbon monoxide poisoning death of a 7-year-old girl last October led to the passage of a law that will require CO detectors on some boats in Minnesota.

Minnesota mandates CO detection

At the funeral last October for 7-year-old Sophia Baechler, who died of carbon monoxide poisoning aboard the family’s boat, the girl’s parents asked Minnesota state Sen. Melisa Franzen to do something to prevent similar tragedies in the future.

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