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Four By 4 propellers

Signature Propellers of Santa Ana, Calif., is looking for dealers for its new Four By 4 propellers. “We’ll be at the IBEX show and at METS,” company founder and owner Chad Hill says. Designed for use with MerCruiser’s Bravo Three sterndrive, the Four By 4’s counter-rotating stainless-steel propellers can reduce planing time and increase top…more

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Online captain’s courses cast a wide net

Mariners Learning System joins with 150 partners to sell its boating education programs Capt. Bob Figular likens his business, the Mariners Learning System, to outboard manufacturers. “They don’t care whose boat they’re hanging off as long as they’re hanging off a boat, and we don’t care which educational partner’s website a consumer uses to sign…more

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Prospec Electronics speaker

Prospec Electronics has a new speaker — the Milennia MILSPK652B — that is not only made to withstand the marine environment but also has an eye-catching modern design, the company says. “We’re seeing, especially with pontoon boats, that trend toward a little edgier-looking speaker,” says Josh Berry, Prospec Electronics’ special market manager. The speaker is…more

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A diverse fleet is their course for success

Ocean5 Naval Architects designs recreational and commercial boats for an increasing number of clients In the last three years, Ocean5 Naval Architects has quietly designed and engineered everything from pod-powered fishing boats to helicopter decks for 600-foot ships to 50-knot ballistic-protected patrol boats. The small Stuart, Fla., firm’s consistent diversification has carried it through the…more

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Spill Response Bag

C.I.Agent Solutions’ Spill Response Bag is a complete system for hydrocarbon cleanup on water or land. Small enough to be stashed in a dock box or kept near a fueling station, a standard kit contains a 12-foot reusable deployment boom, 10 pounds of C.I.Agent granules in half-pound dissolvable pouches, a reusable 12-by-12-inch Bilge Bag, a…more

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Delphi canisters

Perko and emissions system partner Delphi have introduced a smaller canister that will help boatbuilders meet new EPA gasoline fuel tank regulations, says George Bellwoar, Perko vice president of sales and marketing. The regulations require builders to reduce hydrocarbon emissions from fuel systems. The half-liter Delphi canisters are 9-3/4 inches long by 3-1/2 inches wide…more

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Liquid Wrench products

For the first time, Liquid Wrench will offer non-aerosol products, including a marine grease, a trailer bearing grease, and a disc and drum brake wheel bearing grease. “Our new greases are created to tackle specific challenges, especially those where extreme conditions like water submersion, pressure and high temperatures are a factor,” marketing manager Tom Hynes…more

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Can a search engine find your business?

If you’re going to get people through the door, you’ll have to fine-tune your Web marketing methods In the spring of 2008, Candlewood East Marina completed a major expansion of its facilities, which include a 240-slip marina on Candlewood Lake in Brookfield, Conn., and a 40,000-square-foot sales and service center across the street. Several months…more

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Spring 2011: One up in a sea of downs

Despite all the bad news, dealers see a decided uptick in customer attitude The question isn’t so much what went wrong this spring. The question is: Did anything go right? Between the weather, natural disasters, political turmoil abroad, record or near-record fuel prices, a 2-1/2-year economic downturn and gridlock in Washington, D.C., fewer people than…more

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A business model with Wall Street roots

Commodities trader-turned-dealer says inventory risk sharing would give builders more ‘skin in the game’ These days, managing millions of dollars of boat inventory carries as much risk as a Wall Street options portfolio. Getting it right can make you money; getting it wrong can cost you everything. That’s how Tim Keane, sales manager at Stone…more

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