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Keeping waterways clean and open to boaters is an important goal of the recreational marine industry. Individually and as members of trade organizations, marine businesses push for the enactment of fair rules and regulations governing use of the nation's rivers, lakes, streams and ocean waters.

Boaters gear up for Memorial Day weekend

Boating business owners around the country are hoping Memorial Day weekend — the traditional start of boating season — will be the beginning of a profitable summer. In central Illinois, marinas along the Illinois River are readying for a busy weekend. “We’ve seen a tremendous number of boats going in the water the last two…more

Cleveland set to host waterfront festival

The annual North Coast Harbor Boating & Fishing Fest is set for June 11-12 in Voinovich Park in downtown Cleveland. The event will offer free powerboat rides from local boaters and dealers and sailboat rides and fishing trips for visitors of all ages. Admission will be free, and those who attend will have the opportunity…more

Kenny Chesney song is an ode to boating

Country music star Kenny Chesney likes boating so much, he wrote a song about it. “Boats” from his “Lucky Old Sun” album includes the lines “vessels of freedom/harbors of healing,” which describes how he feels when he’s riding the waves, according to AOL’s The Boot country music website. “That line came from a gentleman and…more

Learn to Sail offers spring deal on CD-ROM

LearnToSail.ws is offering a spring wholesale package of its “Learn to Sail! with Multimedia” Vol. I and II CD-ROM at a special buy one, get one free deal until May 20. The campaign is geared toward marine retailers and sailing schools to provide a way to continue to make a profit in a challenging economy.…more

Texas weighs capping sales tax on yachts

Time is running out for a bill that would cap the sales tax on yachts purchased in Texas. Thursday is the deadline for bills to be heard on the House floor, and no date for HB 2187 has been set, the Houston Chronicle newspaper reported. Rep. John Davis sponsored the bill, which would impose an…more

Florida trade group summit discusses marine industry

The Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast recently hosted marine leaders from around Florida for discussions on how to make the industry stronger. The associations, according to the group, are concerned about the economy and state and federal regulations they say make recreational boating difficult. They also discussed the development of a marine center…more

Derelict-boat bill passes in Washington state

A measure to encourage local governments and marinas to help clear abandoned boats from state water and aquatic areas was approved by lawmakers and is on its way to Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire. The bill, which drew virtually no opposition, is intended to help state authorities deal with what they say is a persistent problem…more

Rhode Island plans marine trades open house

Boats Work for Rhode Island, an initiative of the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association, will present an open house April 30 at marine trades businesses in Bristol and Warren. Rhode Island Marine Trades Day will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in Bristol at the East Bay Industrial Park off Tupelo Street, the Franklin…more

Mass. trade group offers marina referral program

The Massachusetts Marine Trades Association encourages local marinas to participate in the “Stay Local Boat MA” transient referral program, which originally launched in 2009. The reciprocal program encourages seasonal guests to visit participating destination marinas in exchange for reduced transient dockage rates determined by the number of boats traveling together. For as little as $50…more

Marine trade school planned for Massachusetts

During the recent New England Boat Show, members and guests of the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association were presented with plans for an “ocean school” in Scituate, Mass. The Marine and Environmental Education Alliance, composed of supporters overseeing the development of the Ocean Center Campus for Marine and Environmental Studies, described its vision for the future…more

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