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Bass Pro Shops signs radio-show sponsorship deal

Bass Pro Shops, an outdoor retailer specializing in hunting, fishing, camping and other outdoor gear, inked a deal with Rural Radio to be the title sponsor of “Bass Pro Shops Fishing, Hunting and Conservation Hour,” which airs on Saturday mornings. This one-hour live show, hosted by longtime conservation leader and Redhead pro hunter Rob Keck,…more

BoaterRated signs deal with arbitration service

BoaterRated LLC, the Stuart, Fla.-based independent marine business review website, and Arbitration Resolution Services, which focuses on alternative dispute resolution through binding arbitration, said they are teaming up to bring a new service to the market. The affiliation allows BoaterRated partner businesses, which are companies enrolled in the program, to use Arbitration Resolution Services services…more

Atlantic Cruising Yachts opens on Annapolis waterfront

Atlantic Cruising Yachts LLC announced its grand opening at the International Marine Center on the Annapolis harborfront in Eastport. Atlantic now represents Jeanneau sailing yachts and Fountaine Pajot sailing and power yachts and offers brokerage services. It also offers programs designed to reduce the costs of yacht ownership. The company recently concluded an agreement to…more

Used-boat sales on the rise for Detroit dealer

Used-boat sales are picking up in the Detroit area, according to a family that has been in the boat business for more than 100 years. Four generations of the Velger family have owned and operated boat dealerships around Detroit, and they’ve seen their share of ups and downs, according to C&G Publishing. Rick Velger, who…more

Johnson Outdoors reports 3Q results

Johnson Outdoors today reported double-digit growth in operating profits and earnings in its third quarter and for the fiscal year to date. Net sales increased slightly, from $128.6 million to $129.8 million, in the quarter that ended June 28 and they were 3.5 percent above the prior year-to-date revenue, the Wisconsin-based outdoor recreation equipment company…more

Dealers and Distributors

Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Danish Yachts, Vanquish Boats and Monterey Boats. Skagen, Denmark-based Danish Yachts is expanding into North and South America with Bradford Marine. Danish Yachts A/S CEO Patrik von Sydow and Paul Engle, president of the Bradford Marine companies, with shipyards in Fort Lauderdale and Freeport in…more

Denison Yacht Sales opens Michigan office

Denison Yacht Sales opened a new Great Lakes office in Holland, Mich. The office is at Eldean Shipyard, a full-service shipyard on the South Shore of Lake Macataw 85 nautical miles from Chicago. Denison is returning to its roots in Michigan. Lake Michigan, along with Lake Macataw, is an ideal location for boating families, and…more

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Blackfin on the Comeback Trail

Blackfin fishboats of the 1980s and 90s have carved out a niche in fishboat lore as one of the best offshore vessels of its size and type. And now there is an effort to start building some of those legendary boats once again.

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The rationale behind rotating venues

After the announcement that the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference will alternate between venues in Louisville, Ky., and Tampa, Fla., beginning in 2014, Soundings Trade Only caught up with show manager Anne Dunbar and Thom Dammrich, president of show co-producer National Marine Manufacturers Association, as well as some IBEX mainstays, to discuss the plan. “Our…more

West Marine reports 2Q results

Citing cold and rainy spring weather that limited recreational boating, West Marine reported declines in second-quarter sales and profits and lowered its full-year guidance. The California-based boating supplies and accessories retailer said net income for the quarter that ended June 29 was $22.3 million, or 91 cents a diluted share, compared with $22.6 million, or…more

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