EXCITING CHANGES AT NEWPORT EXHIBITION GROUP

Newport, R.I. – Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show (NIBS), announced today that after leading the Show for over two decades, Nancy Piffard, show director, is retiring. Desiring a continuity of leadership, Lisa Knowles, who has been the Show’s senior sales manager, has been promoted to replace Piffard. To ensure a streamlined transition Piffard will continue in a consulting role through early spring. “After celebrating NIBS’ 50th Anniversary, it felt like the right time for me to leave the Show in the team’s capable hands,” said Piffard. “To everyone I have worked with, my co-workers,…
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Boating media scholarship

The Boating Writers International (BWI) Active Interest Media Boating Journalist Scholarship was created to honor undergraduate college students who demonstrate a passion for the field of boating media. Applications for this year may be downloaded at www.bwi.org/scholarship-fund and will be accepted through January 15, 2022. If you know a deserving college student who would like to pursue a career in boating journalism, photography, video, broadcasting, film, or art, please encourage them to apply. Judges will look for applicants with talent, promise and firsthand knowledge of the boating life. To be considered for the $3,000 award, deliver applications to 4599 Deep River…
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ePropulsion U.S. Sales Driven by Successful Dealer Expansion Program and EVO Series Intro

ePropulsion U.S. Sales Driven by Successful Dealer Expansion Program and EVO Series Intro

Somerset, N.J. – ePropulsion, a global leader and market challenger in marine electric propulsion systems and services, announced today tremendous growth in sales in the U.S. market. Driven by their model year 2021 product launch in January and an intense focus on expanding their dealer network, ePropulsion has grown its U.S. dealer network by 60% in 2021. This combined with an interest by the boating public in ePropulsion and renewable and sustainable electric propulsion has resulted in year-over-year sales increase for all ePropulsion motors of over 200% and sales of the Spirit series has quadrupled. “We are thrilled by the increased…
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Seattle Boat Show celebrates 75 years of boating in the Pacific Northwest

Seattle Boat Show celebrates 75 years of boating in the Pacific Northwest

SEATTLE – December 15, 2021. When the Seattle Boat Show sails into town on Feb. 4, 2022, it will be the 75th anniversary of what began modestly in 1947, with 13 marine dealers pitching a tent on the shores of Lake Union. From those humble beginnings, it has grown into one of the most important boat shows in the country. The 75th Anniversary show, which runs through February 12, will feature 255 exhibitors with more than 800 new and brokerage boats—indoors at Lumen Field Event Center and on the water at Bell Harbor Marina—and the latest in marine accessories and…
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ePropulsion Announces New Marketing Director and Service Team Members

Somerset, N.J. – ePropulsion, a global leader and market challenger in marine electric propulsion systems and services, announced today it has expanded its management staff to include the hire of new marketing director and head of Hong Kong office, Rita Li. Chang Zhao has expanded her role from CMO and is now responsible for all marketing, sales and service for the company. In addition to expanding the marketing and executive management team, the ePropulsion service staff has doubled to better serve their customers around the world. Li brings over nine years of progressive marketing and management experience to the position. She…
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COAST GUARD FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES MATCHING GIFT CHALLENGE

Stonington, Conn. — The Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to strengthening the Coast Guard community and service by supporting members and families, announced today that thanks to a gift from Dede D’Arcy, in memory of her husband Bro D’Arcy, donations to the Foundation through October 31 will be tripled, up to $100,000. This special matching gift campaign supports health, fitness and morale projects that help Coast Guard members maintain their physical and mental health, wherever they are deployed. “We are honored to offer this fall’s triple match challenge in honor of our dear friend, Bro D’Arcy,” said Susan Ludwig, Coast…
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Icom’s M605 Wins Fifth Year in A Row

Icom’s M605 Wins Fifth Year in A Row

KIRKLAND, Wash. (September 2021) – At this year’s NMEA Product of Excellence Awards Banquet, Icom’s M605 was presented the Marine VHF of the Year award for the fifth year in a row, keeping our eight-year streak alive. The M506 previously received this award from 2014 – 2016. The M605 is not just a radio. It is an on-board communications system that allows smooth operation essentially anywhere on the vessel. By being able to remotely control up to three controllers with the HM-195 series COMMANDMIC™, the M605 gives boaters flexibility and never have to be tied to one station again. The reason…
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NMEA NAMES 2021 AWARD WINNERS AT ANNUAL CONFERENCE & EXPO

NMEA NAMES 2021 AWARD WINNERS AT ANNUAL CONFERENCE & EXPO

•            NMEA Product of Excellence Awards presented in 18 categories •            NMEA Best New Product Award goes to Shadow-Caster’s Light Commander •            NMEA Technology Award goes to Furuno’s NavNet TZT16F •            NMEA Manufacturer of the Year—Garmin Twenty products garnered top honors in three separate award competitions at the 2021 NMEA Marine Electronics Conference & Expo, held last week at the Orlando Doubletree Universal Hotel in Florida. NMEA members cast their votes online in 18 categories for the Product of Excellence Awards while a panel of independent judges named winners in both the NMEA Technology Award and Best New Product contests.…
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IBEX 2021 Announces Schedule of Networking and Special Events

Tampa, FL – The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) announced today that, during the 30th Anniversary Show to be held September 28-30, 2021, it will offer visitors a host of networking and special events for industry professionals to connect. Registration is open and exhibit hall badges are free through September 26, 2021. North America’s largest trade event for recreational marine industry professionals, IBEX is owned and produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and RAI Amsterdam. The IBEX daily schedule can be found at www.ibexshow.com/schedule-at-a-glance/. Special events can be found at www.ibexshow.com/special-events-demos/. All events are detailed as follows: Monday, September 27th…
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50th Newport International Boat Show Offers Showgoers Fun for the Whole Family

Newport, R.I. – Newport Exhibition Group, owners and producers of the Newport International Boat Show, announced today a wealth of pre-show promotions and entertaining events in celebration of the Show’s 50th Anniversary, which kicks-off September 16 – 19, 2021, in Newport, Rhode Island. The Newport International Boat Show is committed to producing an event that ensures the safety and well-being of its exhibitors, attendees, staff, and the entire community. The Show will follow and comply with all recommended safety protocols and guidelines put forth by state and local health officials. Though mask wearing outdoors has not been mandated in Rhode Island at this time,…
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