Social network marks member milestone

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Reporting continued strong growth on its online boating social network, said it recently passed the 300,000-member mark in its forums.

In addition to the forums, the company has added 55,500 members to its “I Love Boating” Facebook page and its Twitter followers number more than 18,000.

“The total iboats social media reach has grown by over 50 percent in the last year, continuing to make the largest boating social media site on the Internet,” CEO Bruno Vassel III said in a statement.


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