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Groups launch trailer certification effort

The NMMA’s Trailer Certification program and the National Association of Trailer Manufacturers are launching an effort enabling boat-trailer makers to achieve NMMA Certification and NATM Compliance Inspections in a single visit by an NATM Inspector. Beginning with 2010 model-year trailers, the joint certification program is aimed at increasing efficiency and cost-effectiveness for trailer manufacturers. “Creating…more

YBAA agenda will zero in on the economy

Yacht brokers from around the country will gather in Baltimore in February in search of the tools they need “to weather the raging economic storm.” The Yacht Brokers Association of America holds its annual conference Feb. 22-24 at the Conference Center of the Maritime Institute in Baltimore. YBAA again is partnering with the American Boat…more

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Leaders tell dealers to manage tightly

Industry ‘giants’ say a new but better world awaits the survivors of this game-changing slump A panel of “industry giants” gathered Nov. 19 at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo in Las Vegas to discuss the most pressing issues in the boating industry. The more than hour-long conversation drew a standing-room-only crowd, as the panel…more

Paperless loan process requires diligence

A change in procedure has eliminated federal paperwork in the marine loan process, but has increased the likelihood of fraud and identity theft, members of the National Marine Bankers Association were told in November at their annual conference. With new electronic filing regulations and faxing procedures enacted in 2007, the Coast Guard has gone paperless,…more

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Dealers embrace used-boat certification

Taking a page from the playbook of automobile manufacturers, Tiara Yachts launched a certified pre-owned program to capture more of the used-boat market and give the company an edge over its leading competitor — pre-owned models of its own brand. “It ensures repeat customers, and it ensures more consistent values of certified pre-owned Tiaras,” says…more

Dealers and Distributors

Marine distributor AER Supply Ltd. will hold its annual dealer meeting Feb. 26-27 in Seabrook, Texas. The meeting will include seminars, technical training sessions and demonstrations by such manufacturers as 3M, BSCO, Dometic, DRSA, Hubbell, Interlux/Awlgrip, Jabsco, Mastervolt, Maxwell, Nautic Air, Newmar, Reverso, Vetus America, and WillDo B.V. “The product showcase allows us the opportunity…more

Correct Craft wins design award for Nautique 216V

Orlando, Fla.-based Correct Craft won a 2009 Excellence in Design Award from Trailer Boats magazine for its new Nautique 216V crossover boat. “This boat offers a tremendous amount of innovation,” according to an excerpt from the Trailer Boats editorial feature on the boat. “This award is further evidence that Nautique customers benefit from the best…more

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Opinions mixed on Grow Boating decision

Some advise patience, while others are skeptical of how the redirected dollars will reach them Boat dealers have mixed reactions to the announcement that the bulk of the funds collected for Grow Boating will be given back to manufacturers to pass along to the dealers. Some express skepticism this will actually happen, and others say…more

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Downturn doesn’t stop Grand Banks dealer

Wealthy clients and brand reputation propel CYI to a banner first year To say Steve Fithian has the Midas touch isn’t much of an exaggeration. Instead of hunkering down in these difficult economic times, he’s hiring new sales staff. He added a third office and will soon open a fourth, and he moved his company…more

Dealers and Distributors

TRAC Ecological Marine Products of Fort Lauderdale appointed three new distributors: Albatros Ltd. in Greece, Cutricu Services Ltd. in Malta, and Stella Marine Group Pty Ltd. in Australia. TRAC manufactures environmentally friendly products for cleaning boats, and cooling and water systems. The distributors will maintain a complete inventory of TRAC products to supply boatbuilders, boatyards…more

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