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Why do you exhibit at MAATS?

Thoughts from around the industry. Duncan Good General manager, Tallon Marine Ltd., Wanaka, New Zealand We exhibit at MAATS to continue developing aftermarket sales channels in the U.S. marine market in order to complement our existing OEM focus. MAATS is the only U.S. marine aftermarket accessories show. The private buyer-supplier meetings guarantee us invaluable time…more

A rundown of the lending programs

SBA’s America’s Recovery Capital Loan Program can provide up to $35,000 for viable small businesses that need short-term help to make principal and interest payments on existing qualifying debt. ARC loans are interest-free to the borrower, carry a 100 percent guarantee from the SBA to the lender, and require no fees paid to the SBA.…more

A dealer-to-dealer wholesale channel

A new tool launched by BoatTrader.com is helping to keep wholesale inventory out of the retail market and making it available to other dealers around the country. The 2,600 dealers in BoatTrader.com’s network have access to a wholesale section that was launched May 20, says David Bingham, BoatTrader.com general manager. The mechanism began as a…more

Dollars to get through the downturn

Three government-backed loan programs give working capital to businesses in need The credit crisis that began last September and has reverberated throughout the economy ever since has obviously made money hard to come by. And marine trade organizations from all sectors have been working to find financing options to help companies survive. Those options include…more

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MAATS moves to the Sunshine State

Organizers hope change will limit the recession’s impact on attendance Producers of the Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show are hoping a move from Las Vegas to Orlando, Fla., will help hold the line on this year’s attendance even in the current down market. “This [move] is a really big deal,” says Stephen Evans, director of…more

New company will operate Boatdealers.ca

A new media company has formed to operate Canada-based Boatdealers.ca and other digital media channels. The new company, Digital Era Media Inc., will create digital media channels to be accessed by PC and mobile devices via the Internet. DEM will take the business model of Boatdealers.ca and apply it to other vertical market segments. DEM…more

Dealers and Distributors

Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Mastercraft, Future Fibres and Paradox Marine. MasterCraft announced the availability of its new mobile phone application that allows users to locate authorized MasterCraft dealerships. The Dealer Locator mobile application gives consumers nationwide access to quickly find any local MasterCraft dealer by using their mobile device.…more

Dealers and Distributors

Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Clarks Landing, CWR Electronics and First Mate Marine. Clarks Landing will host a special day for Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Central Maryland June 20 at Shady Oaks Marina in Maryland. The day will begin at 10 a.m. with a two-hour cruise aboard Clarks Landing’s…more

Gander Mountain reports 1Q results

Gander Mountain Co. announced an 11.6 percent increase in retail sales and a gain in comparable store sales for the first quarter, which ended May 2. However, it had an overall retail segment loss of $16.4 million for the quarter, and a consolidated net loss of $18.6 million. Comparable store sales during the first quarter…more

Dealers and Distributors

Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Jarrett Yacht Sales, Win-Tron Electronics and AB Marine. Jarrett Bay Yacht Sales reported a strong turnout and several promising sales prospects at its inaugural Better Boating Expo, held May 16-17 at the company’s 175-acre marine park in Beaufort, N.C. Attendees traveled from Florida, Rhode Island…more

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