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December 2005 News

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RECONDITIONER BREATHES NEW LIFE INTO FADED FIBERGLASS

Polishing and waxing fiberglass can be a time consuming task.  Iosso's Fiberglass Reconditioner lets the boat owner restore shine and beauty to faded fiberglass and keep it protected for months—in one simple application.


WOLLARD IS NEW SALES VP AT GLENDINNING MARINE PRODUCTS

Marine propulsion veteran David Wollard has been appointed vice president of sales for Glendinning Marine Products. 


CENTEK UPDATES ITS WEBSITE AND EXPANDS CATALOG

To provide its customers with the latest product information, Centek Industries has updated its website. The company has also published its 2006 Exhaust System Catalog.


Grady-White Attracts Key Dealers and Associates at Eighteenth Annual Grady-White Sales Training Seminar

Dealers, sales associates and other factory sales representatives attended the Grady-White Boats 18th Annual Sales Training Seminar, December 6-8, 2005, in Greenville and New Bern, NC.


NEW MOORING LINE SYSTEM LETS BOATS ROLL WITH THE FLOW

Mooring your boat can be a chore. To save these expensive lines from chafing and fouling-and to save boat owners a bunch of labor, Dr. Shrink recently introduced TideMinders™, a simple yet effective mooring line control system, from Go With The Flow Solutions, LLC.


Fischer Panda Generators U.S. Reports Sales Increase in 2005

Fischer Panda Generators U.S., which has over 200 authorized dealers in North and South America, has ended 2005 with a 37% increase in sales.


RingProp Signs Distributor In Sweden

RingProp PLC has selected Bat & Byggnadsvard pa Lidingo AB to distribute the company's innovative line of ringed propellers in Sweden.


Discover Sailing Pavilion Debuts at Adventures in Travel Expo in New York City

Sail America, the U.S. national trade association for sailing, is encouraging more travelers and outdoor enthusiasts to go sailing by hosting a Discover Sailing Pavilion exhibit at the Adventures in Travel Expo at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City from Jan 13-15, 2006.


WEBSITE SERVICES HELP MARINE DEALER DELIVER TOP-NOTCH SERVICE

Savvy business owners know they need to make a solid first impression followed by exceptional customer service to attract and retain customers.  Spicer's Boat City in Houghton Lake, Michigan, has harnessed the power of the Internet with a custom-designed website from PowerSports Network to help generate sales and inquiries and boost its level of customer service


SERVICE AND PERFORMANCE GIVE BUSINESS PARTNERSHIP STAYING POWER

When engines and propellers work together properly, owners consistently get the best performance from their boats.  Representatives from Mack Boring & Parts Company routinely call on Acme Propellers to test new boats and troubleshoot problems with existing boats. 


AMI ASKS FOR HELP FROM THE MARINE INDUSTRY

The marine industry has joined millions of others who have pledged their support to help rebuild the Gulf region. 


Women’s Coast-Lite Jacket Warm Wear Styles Are New for 2006 Season

Gill’s Coast-Lite Jacket and a variety of new styles and colors in warm wear are the highlights of Gill’s new fall/winter season line for women sailors, boaters and adventure travelers.


Walker Bay’s North America RIB & Inflatable Launch Is A Huge Success

Top tier dealers are signing up & media gave rave reviews

Walker Bay Boats Inc. launched its new line of performance RIBs and inflatables: Genesis and Odyssey to top tier dealers and media at an event near Fort Myers Florida, the second week of December. 


StayAlive Life Jacket Featured In CBS Network Coverage Of Exhibit At Museum of Modern Art

The StayAlive Life Jacket manufactured by Innovations & Solutions, Inc. which is part of a unique safety products design exhibit now at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, was featured on the CBS (US) television network's Sunday Morning telecast on December 11.


MACK BORING PARTICIPATES IN YANMAR DEALER PROGRAM

To offer its customers superior support, Mack Boring & Parts Company is participating in the new Yanmar Marine Dealer Program.


OPENING PORTS WITH BUILT-IN DRAIN KEEP BOATERS DRY

Owners can get splashed if traditional opening ports are installed on their boats.  Beckson Marine offers Newport™ Self Drain™ and Rain Drain™ Opening Ports to eliminate the chances of the boater and the interior getting soaked when the ports are opened.


JENSEN® Gimble Housing Unit Perfect Fit For Marine Stereo Systems

ASA/JENSEN® Marine, an international manufacturer and supplier of marine audio and video equipment, is thrilled to present the new JENSEN® MGH300 Marine Gimble Mount Housing Unit.


Sailing World Magazine Announces Boat of the Year Winners for 2006

Sailing World magazine unveils its 22nd annual salute to boat design innovation with the 2006 Boat of the Year Awards, featured in the January/February 2006 issue. 


NEW 210-SLIP MARINA SERVICES THE ICW

Yacht Harbor Village Marina, Palm Coast, Florida, is part of a 76-acre site under development on Florida's Intracoastal Waterway near Hammock Beach. 


National Association of Marine Surveyors Annual Conference Runs April 10-11, 2006

The annual NAMS conference is open to all marine professionals including surveyors, naval architects, insurance, legal and marine technicians.


CAVILEER YACHTS ANNOUNCES TRUE PARTNERSHIP WITH DEALERS

Cavileer Yachts, a company with a history dating back to the 1700s, is initiating a program that could set the standards for all future boatbuilder/dealer relations.


Hunter 41DS Takes Two Top Awards in Cruising World Magazine’s 2006 “Boat of the Year” Competition

Cruising World magazine has announced the Hunter 41DS as the winner in the “Production Cruisers 40 to 44 feet” category and the overall “Best Value” award as part of its 12th annual Boat of the Year Awards.


Reed Takes Over the Helm at Sailing World

World Publications announces the promotion of Dave Reed from Managing Editor to Editor of Sailing World magazine.


TOP TEN NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS FROM THE BOATU.S. FOUNDATION

To help boaters have even better boating experiences in 2006, the BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water suggests these top ten New Year's resolutions that will make your boating safer, cleaner, and more rewarding for everyone aboard:


Yamaha Marine has no plans for a mid-year price increase

Yamaha Marine announced today that it has no plans for a mid-year price increase on its outboard motors, according to Ben Speciale, vice president of operations and planning of Yamaha Marine.


Cruising World Magazine Announces Boat of the Year Winners for 2006

Cruising World magazine has announced the best in boatbuilding for ‘06 with its 12th annual Boat of the Year Awards.


STEP GIVES BOATERS A LEG UP FOR EASY SAILING

Climbing a mast to inspect or repair a sail can be a slippery and dangerous job.  To help give sailors sure footing, ABI/Precision Lighting offers mast steps in three different models.


NEW REMOTE GIVES BOATERS CONTROL OF THEIR VESSEL FROM VIRTUALLY ANY LOCATION

Boaters don't have to worry about running back to the bridge to verify their autopilot has been set correctly when they utilize the new ComPilot 203 Remote from ComNav Marine. 


OVER 25,000 BOATERS REGISTER THEIR DSC VHF RADIOS WITH BOATU.S.

Free Service Provides Boaters With MMSI Number

Free registrations of Digital Selective Calling (DSC) VHF marine radios by BoatU.S., in partnership with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the U.S. Coast Guard, have surpassed the 25,000 mark, the association announced today.  BoatU.S. offers recreational boaters free registration of DSC VHF radios, which includes providing a unique Mobile Maritime Service Identity (MMSI) number to be encoded into the radio.


YachtBroker.com Launches as a Resource to the Public and Brokerage Communities

World Publications introduces it latest addition to the Internet marine industry with YachtBroker.com, a website for brokers with brokers in mind.


INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY INTERESTS GATHER FOR ATLANTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY CONFERENCE DECEMBER 14-16 IN SAVANNAH, GA

Environmental, Development, Government Management, Commerce & Hurricane Issues Discussed

The Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway Association (AIWA), an alliance of commercial vessel operators, recreational boating interests, towns and businesses that depend on maritime traffic is holding its annual conference from Wednesday, December 14 to Friday, December 16 in Savannah, GA. 


SkyMate Celebrates 1500 Customers For Marine Satellite Communications Systems

New Recreational, Commercial Products Drive Sales To New High

Following the successful launch of new products for the recreational and commercial marine markets earlier this year, marine satellite communications systems provider SkyMate, Inc. recently activated its 1500th customer.


ANODES MAKER PRODUCTION MOLD, INC. CHOOSES CTECH FOR CALIFORNIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA SALES

Production Mold, Inc. (PMI) of Los Angeles, California, has chosen CTECH Technical Sales Solutions to represent the company's Electro-Guard line of anodes to boat builders, engine manufacturers, distributors and retailers in California and British Columbia.


Steve Taugher Memorial Services to be Held in Michigan and Florida

Dec 5, 1953 - Dec 5, 2005

Unified Marine, Inc. announces with great sorrow the passing of marine industry icon, company president, beloved husband, father and friend Steve Taugher.


ANODE MANUFACTURER OPENS CHINA OPERATION

Officials at Canada Metal (Pacific) Limited, manufacturers of Martyr-brand anodes, announced that their China manufacturing plant, Ningbo Jia Da Specialty Metals, Ltd., is now operational. 


BOATRENTING.COM ADDS 18 LOCATIONS TO BOAT RENTAL FLEET

Unique website offers short-term boat rentals online

BoatRenting.com, a New York-based company with a website featuring online bookings of discounted short-term boat rentals, has added 18 locations to its rental fleet across the US.


Cruising World Magazine Names Burnham Editor

World Publications Sailing Group Publisher Sally Helme announced today the appointment of John Burnham to Editor of Cruising World, effective January 1.


Krummel Promoted to Marketing Manager of World Publications Fishing Group

World Publications announces the promotion of Diana Krummel to Marketing Manager of World’s Fishing Group.


CABELA'S OFFERS EZ HOLD-IT SYSTEM

Products Keep Gear, Accessories Handy & Secure

EZ Hold, Inc., of Derry, New Hampshire, today announced that US retailer Cabela's, the nation's leading direct marketer, now carries the company's EZ Hold-It(TM) System, a unique family of products that keeps boating, fishing and outdoor gear and accessories handy and secure.


STEYR MOTORS DISTRIBUTOR HAS NEW WEST COAST AFFILIATE

Coastal Power & Marine, a major US distributor of Steyr marine diesel engines, has appointed Paul Cogswell of Cogswell Marine, Santa Cruz, California, as its western program manager.


Johs Thornam to Distribute The RingProp In Denmark

RingProp PLC has selected Johs Thornam to distribute the company's innovative line of ringed propellers in Denmark.


U.S.JACKPLATE SUPPLIER DISPLAYS AT PIMEX SHOW

Bob's Machine Shop, a major worldwide supplier of hydraulically-operated jackplates for outboards up to 300 hp, will display its wide range of performance products in Booth B-32 at the 2005 PIMEX International Boat Show, Phuket, Thailand. 


MAINSHIP PILOT 34 “PICNIC” CRUISER JOINS SOUTHWEST FLORIDA YACHTS’ CHARTER FLEET

Southwest Florida Yachts is now booking charters for the newest vessel in its charter fleet, a Mainship Pilot 34 – Peachy Keen II -- for bareboat and crewed cruises through the barrier islands of Southwest Florida.


Kevin Zdebiak Appointed Vice President Sales/Marketing/Dealer Development for Windy USA

Windy USA a division of World Wide yacht Corporation is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Kevin D. Zdebiak as the Vice President of Sales/Marketing/Dealer Development.


Yamaha Outboards’ Fun Starts Here promotion kicks off Dec. 1

Holiday cheer for anglers and boaters arrived early today with the news from Yamaha Outboards that its Fun Starts Here sales promotion begins Dec. 1, 2005 and continues through March 31, 2006.


Yamaha Outboards offers its dealers an early holiday gift by launching its Fun Starts Here promotion Dec. 1

Today it started  to look more like Christmas for Yamaha Outboard dealers and their customers with the news that Yamaha Outboards kicked off its Fun Starts Here sales promotion  Dec. 1, 2005 through March 31, 2006.