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Boating World launches new Web site, begins fall testing

Boating World Magazine recently launched a new Web site, offering such features as a virtual docking game, moderated forums, and video channels. The new games area of BoatingWorldOnline.com lets visitors try their hand at boating games and traditional puzzles like word searches and crosswords. Boaters can connect on the forums, moderated by executive editor Alan…more

Dealers and Distributors

Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from Eastern Yacht Sales, Brunswick Marine Parts & Accessories, Smoker Craft, AB Inflatables and MarineMax. Eastern Yacht Sales, new boat dealers for Catalina Yachts, Eastern Boats, Jeanneau Yachts, Mainship Power Boats, Jefferson Yachts, Island Packet Yachts and Bavaria Yachts, opened a branch at Kingman Yacht Center…more

West Marine to open new store in Seattle

West Marine will hold a grand opening celebration Sept. 26-27 for its premier store in the Pacific Northwest, located in downtown Seattle. The celebration will feature contests, prize giveaways and informative clinics by industry veterans. Volunteers from the Disabled Americans Veterans’ local Seattle chapter will be on hand with refreshments while supplies last. The new…more

Dealers and Distributors

Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from the National Marine Distributors Association, Nordic Northwest Yachts, Laborde Products and Win-Tron Electronics. Most marine distributors say they expect accessory sales for 2010 to be up compared to 2009, according to a recent survey by the National Marine Distributors Association. Though 76 percent reported sales…more

Dealers and Distributors

Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from MarineMax Jacksonville, Boatswain’s Locker and All Seasons Marine Works. MarineMax Jacksonville completed a 10,000-square-foot expansion in addition to totally renovating its sales department. The dealership will officially open the doors of its new facility Sept-18-19 at a Grand Expansion Open House, at which time it…more

Dealers and Distributors

Our weekly roundup of dealers and distributors includes news from OceanLED, Nautic Global Group, and Chaparral and Robalo Boats. OceanLED appointed Brunswick Marine Parts and Accessories (Land ‘N’ Sea Distributing, Kellogg Marine and Diversified Marine) to take on national distribution of its range of LED underwater and above-water lighting. “I am very impressed by the…more

Gander Mountain to report 2Q results

Gander Mountain Co. will announce the company’s second quarter results Tuesday before the market opens. A pre-recorded call offering additional comments on the quarter will be available to all investors on the company’s Web site, both as a Webcast and in the form of transcript. An archived webcast and transcript will remain available on the…more

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Dealer shutdown leads to new venture

Former VP of West Coast giant starts his own dealership; other ex-employees find jobs in yacht sales For every challenge, there is an opportunity. Barrett Canfield found that out in late June when Nautical Enterprises suddenly closed its doors. The loss of the West Coast’s largest dealership surprised many in the industry and left Canfield…more

MAATS returning to Las Vegas in 2010

The aftermarket show stays hitched to ICAST and also has plans for a mini-MAATS at next year’s IBEX The Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show is headed back to Las Vegas next year for its 10th anniversary, co-locating again with the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades and the National Marine Distributors Association’s Sales, Training, Education…more

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How easy money led us to hard times

Industry experts say the marine financing crisis is a microcosm of what’s going on in the national economy. In both cases, early warning signs began popping up two or three years ago, but the root causes go back even further. National Marine Bankers Association president Jim Coburn describes the predicament as a “perfect storm of…more

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