Boating, Marine and Maritime

West Coast Distributor for Alfa Laval Adds Gulf Coast Facility; Alfa Tec, the Seattle-Based Marine Firm, Opens Second Location in Tampa, Florida

Author: Alfa Tec, Inc.
Dateline: Mon, 18 Jun 2007

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “SEATTLE, Wash. - June 18 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Today Alfa Tec Inc., a 14-year-old Seattle-based marine sales and service distributor, announced it will open a second location in Tampa, Florida, by June 2007. 'This will allow us to offer expanded operations to cover the East Coast and Gulf Coast regions,' says Kevin Oakley, President.”



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SEATTLE, Wash. - June 18 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Today Alfa Tec Inc., a 14-year-old Seattle-based marine sales and service distributor, announced it will open a second location in Tampa, Florida, by June 2007. "This will allow us to offer expanded operations to cover the East Coast and Gulf Coast regions," says Kevin Oakley, President. Alfa Tec was founded in 1993 as Alfa Laval Inc.'s exclusive distributor to the marine industry on the West Coast and in Alaska. Alfa Laval is the leading global provider of specialized products and engineered solutions. Their equipment, systems and services are dedicated to helping customers optimize the performance of their processes.

(c) Send2PressAlfa Tec's sales and services currently cover the marine, power, fish-processing, food, thermal, industrial and oilfield markets. The second location will feature expanded service capabilities for centrifuges, watermakers, heat exchangers, oily water separators, Omnipure MSD Systems and pumps.

*(Photo Caption: Alfa Tec President Kevin Oakley.)

The move came with the support of many customers who have done business with Alfa Tec on the West Coast over the past decade. These customers include KC Transportation, Crowley Marine, Holland America Lines, Seacoast LLC, and OSG. "Alfa Tec's team of trained and dedicated professionals are an integral part of our marine repair support chain from California to the remote villages of Alaska," says Mike Magill, Vice President of Seacoast LLC. "Their ability to respond twenty four hours a day, seven days a week and solve problems continues to contribute to our success and the success of our customers."

"We support all of our products with dependable, professional and factory-trained authorized service technicians," states Oakley. "Our service staff is on call 24/7 to eliminate customer downtime." Oakley states that since many of Alfa Tec's customers have contracts for preventative maintenance, "downtime becomes scheduled maintenance instead of unexpected surprises." He adds that, "One of the benefits of our maintenance programs is the reduced labor rates and discounts on parts that come with a 12-month service contract."

Whether a customer needs service, engineering, parts, or equipment, Alfa Tec stands ready to assist.

In addition to the Alfa Laval line, Alfa Tec Inc. has added several other complimentary quality product lines. Currently, the company is the authorized sales and service center for the following original equipment manufacturers (OEM's):

* Alfa Laval
* Severn Trent Danora
* Ampco Pumps
* Sigma Oily Water Separators
* Offshore Marine Labs
* Atlas Copco Air Compressors
* Byron Jackson Pumps
* Baldor Motors
* Brook Crompton Motors

Twenty-four-hour service is provided for the above lines and their components.

In addition to the above pump and motor related products, Alfa Tec also offers a coating division, Alfa Tec Coatings. This division is the stocking distributor for Jotun Paints in the Pacific Northwest and a recognized dealer and applicator of Belzona Coatings.

Over the years, Alfa Tec has become involved with many different kinds of clientele and services, but has always been conscious of environmental impact issues facing marine trade. Alfa Tec has started to work with their customers on issues such as waste management and compliance strategies. Mr. Oakley will be a guest panelist at the Clean Pacific Conference in Seattle this September to answer questions.

More information is available at www.alfatec.com.

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Boating Industry Magazine Announces 2007 Top 100 and Leadership Alliance

Author: Boating Industry Magazine
Dateline: Wed, 30 May 2007

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - May 30 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- With gas prices hovering above $3 a gallon and expected to creep higher throughout the summer, it is critical now more than ever that boating consumers find reputable dealers to buy from and service their boats. Thanks to Boating Industry magazine and its soon-to-be-published list of the 2007 Top 100 Dealers, consumers will soon have the definitive list of the best-of-the-best dealers at their fingertips.”



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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - May 30 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- With gas prices hovering above $3 a gallon and expected to creep higher throughout the summer, it is critical now more than ever that boating consumers find reputable dealers to buy from and service their boats. Thanks to Boating Industry magazine and its soon-to-be-published list of the 2007 Top 100 Dealers, consumers will soon have the definitive list of the best-of-the-best dealers at their fingertips.

(c) Send2PressThe Top 100 Dealers Program, a ranking of those marine dealers that are unsurpassed in overall business operations, customer service, marketing and professionalism, has developed a growing reputation not only for celebrating dealer successes, but also for helping the marine dealer community improve on all fronts. And to help bring the Boating Industry Top 100 to life, Ehlert Publishing Group, the magazine's parent company, created the Leadership Alliance - an elite group of the marine industry's leading suppliers. These companies were invited to participate because they possess as one of their corporate values a true belief in, and commitment to, raising the bar of professionalism across all marine industry sectors, particularly for dealers.

"The Boating Industry Top 100 has, in short order, become the most coveted award in the marine market," said Tammy Galvin, group publisher for Ehlert's trade magazines. "Marine dealers are on the front line with consumers every day, and this is one way we can help provide much needed benchmarking information for all other dealers to measure themselves against."

"While most industry awards are given to those dealers that sell the most boats, our Top 100 program is much more qualitatively focused," said Matt Gruhn, editor-in-chief of Boating Industry, "thereby leveling the playing field for all dealers and directing consumers to those dealers that can best deliver on the dream that boat ownership promises."

The 2007 Leadership Alliance members include: BRP US Inc./Evinrude, GE Capital Solutions/GE Money, Yamaha, BoatTrader.com, Volvo Penta, ADP Lightspeed, Honda Marine, Channel Blade Technologies, Manheim Specialty Auctions and the Marine Retailers Association of America.

Boating Industry magazine, along with the Leadership Alliance, will announce the 2007 Top 100 at an invitation-only gala awards ceremony in Las Vegas on Nov. 28, 2007.

Meet the 2007 Leadership Alliance:

Boating Industry magazine, a 78-year-old business-to-business publication owned by Ehlert Publishing Group, a subsidiary of Ventura, Calif.-based Affinity Group Inc., is the most authoritative and widely respected magazine serving the marine industry. Visit www.boating-industry.com to learn more about the Top 100 and view the lists of previous winners.

BRP U.S. Inc./Evinrude, Sturtevant, Wis., has been delivering quality recreational experiences for people around the world for more than six decades. In 2001, Evinrude and Johnson outboard engines joined the Bombardier family, and in 2003 after extensive R&D, the company released Evinrude E-TEC, which revolutionized the outboard engine industry. BRP also produces innovative products and brands such as Sea-Doo watercraft and sport boats, Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Rotax karts and engines and Bombardier ATVs and utility vehicles. Visit www.evinrude.com

GE Capital Solutions, Commercial Distribution Finance unit (CDF), in Hoffman Estates, Ill., creates customized financing programs to help manufacturers sell more products and dealers stock optimal levels of inventory to drive more sales. With more than 50 years of experience serving the marine industry, CDF supports its customers with the industry's most knowledgeable staff and provides a single point of contact for support. CDF is a recognized leader in the marine industry because it is dedicated to helping customers improve cash flow and grow their businesses though an array of financing programs and services. Visit: www.ge.com/cdf. GE Money Sales Finance, based in Kettering, Ohio, has provided marine dealers and manufacturers quality retail lending programs for more than 25 years. Sales Finance also provides private label credit card programs, marketing, installment lending, service contracts and financial services for national and regional retailers, dealers, manufacturers and service providers in more than 20 industries. With more than $190 billion in assets, GE Money, a unit of General Electric Company (NYSE: GE), is a leading provider of credit services to consumers, retailers and auto dealers in more than 54 countries. Visit: www.gemoney.com

Yamaha Marine Group, Kennesaw, Ga., has quickly become a leader in product quality and technology by providing superior value and customer satisfaction. The company has built a strong brand and loyal customer base in the marine market for its outboard engines as well as its Skeeter, Century and G3 boat brands. In 2000, Yamaha Marine introduced its High Pressure Direct Injection technology that swept the top three industry awards for innovation, design and engineering-the marine equivalent of horse racing's Triple Crown. A more recent award-winning and industry-defining introduction is the F350, the world's first V8 5.3-liter four-stroke outboard. Visit: www.yamaha-motor.com

BoatTrader.com, the online portal for Boat Trader Magazine, is the nation's largest boating classified source. Headquartered in Norfolk, Va., BoatTrader.com displays more than 110,000 boats to an audience of 2.2 million visitors nationwide each month. It serves as a convenient and effective advertising forum for boat dealers and brokers. The company's goal is to make it easier and faster for its dealers to expand their online presence and to ultimately sell more boats. For more information on BoatTrader.com, call 877-354-4069 or visit www.BoatTrader.com

Volvo Penta, headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden, has become the fastest-growing marine engine company in the world by constantly developing innovative new products and services. Founded in 1907, Volvo Penta introduced its first outboard engine in 1922, the first in-line 6-cylinder diesel in 1946, the first sterndrive in 1959, the first duo-prop in 1982 and Electronic Diesel Control in 1995. In 2004, Volvo Penta changed the face of marine propulsion forever with the Volvo Penta Inboard Performance System (IPS). Volvo Penta's core values-quality, safety and care for the environment-drive the development of new products as well as how the company serves its customers. For more information about Volvo Penta, visit www.volvopenta.com

ADP Lightspeed has the No. 1 software programs in the automotive, heavy truck and powersports industries and now, with the backing of the Automatic Data Processing Co., its LightspeedMarine dealer management system is quickly nearing the top spot in the marine industry as well. LightSpeedMarine's integrated modules include: Comprehensive Sales and F&I Tools, Real-Time Accounting Functions, Complete Service Cycle Tracking, Automated Parts and Inventory Management and Unit Rental Management. Visit: www.adplightspeed.com

Honda Marine, Alpharetta, Ga., has continued its long corporate history of innovation and responsibility with a proud legacy of groundbreaking design and leadership in the boating industry.

In 1973, Honda introduced the first full line of 4-stroke outboard engines in the United States-long before other outboard manufacturers realized the advantages of this type of clean, reliable power and followed suit. The company works to ensure that every Honda outboard model sets the standard for fuel efficiency and ease of operation, while staying true to the core Honda attributes of durability, quiet operation, quality, reliability, outstanding fuel efficiency and ultra-low emissions. Visit: www.hondamarine.com

Channel Blade Technologies, branded for the company's sharp focus on the entire distribution channel of its clients, provides innovative Web solutions to the marine, RV and powersports industries. Channel Blade's development of eXceleratePro, Branded Flow Technology and the Footsteps Customer Relationship Management tool revolutionized the way the recreation industry conducts Web-enabled business by driving customers from online leads to the showroom, ultimately resulting in more successful sales. The company's expert team is committed to the success of its existing and future partners and customers. Visit: www.channelblade.com

Manheim Specialty Auctions was created in 2003 by Manheim-a trusted name in the auction industry for more than 60 years-to meet the growing needs of customers looking for vehicles other than the traditional automobile. The company created auctions with sales dedicated to boats, RVs, motorcycles, recreational vehicles and powersports vehicles at 20 locations nationwide. Manheim offers dealers who participate in its auction process many benefits, including a critical mass of buyers and sellers, credible pricing, market liquidity, affordable participation and technological applications. Atlanta-based Manheim is a global organization with 32,000 employees at 145 locations. Visit: www.manheim.com.

The Marine Retailers Association of America is the leading not-for-profit organization aimed at promoting the recreational marine industry and the welfare of the marine retailer. The association raises the standards of retailing within the industry, provides its members a common source of information concerning all aspects of marine retailing and serves as the voice within the industry and in Washington regarding issues concerning marine dealers nationwide. Visit: www.mraa.com

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Sealock Earns C-TPAT Membership for Aiding Against Terrorist Threats

Author: Sealock Security Systems
Dateline: Mon, 02 Apr 2007

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “MIAMI, Fla. - Apr. 2 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- In an ongoing effort to provide peace of mind to importers, exporters and freight forwarders, Sealock Security Systems of Miami, Florida has earned certification as a C-TPAT partner from the Department of Homeland Security.”



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MIAMI, Fla. - Apr. 2 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- In an ongoing effort to provide peace of mind to importers, exporters and freight forwarders, Sealock Security Systems (www.sealock.com) of Miami, Florida has earned certification as a C-TPAT partner from the Department of Homeland Security. EJ Brooks Company, the world's oldest and largest manufacturer of tamper-indicative seals, and a Sealock licensee, is the only other seal manufacturer in the world to be honored with C-TPAT membership.

This puts Sealock in very good company alongside some of the country's largest importers. Wal-Mart, JC Penney, Hewlett-Packard, Pfizer, Maersk Line, and many others have also gained C-TPAT acceptance, and use Sealock products to protect their containers.

The Sealock is a multi-patented hybrid container seal and barrier lock. It was invented in 1995 by a Miami freight forwarder who was fed up with his clients losing valuable cargo to thieves breaking into their containers. In only 10 years, the Sealock name had become synonymous with high-security container protection, not just for theft prevention but also as a valuable tool in the fight against terrorism.

In the spring of 2005, Robert Bonner, then chief of US Customs, spoke at a national C-TPAT meeting held in Miami. As he addressed nearly 500 top US importers from around the country, he challenged them to upgrade their supply-chain security measures and to achieve "Tier 3" status as preferred C-TPAT importers. One necessary measure, according to Bonner, was for importers to secure their inbound containers with a "sea lock" high-security barrier seal. The very term "sea lock" only entered the vernacular in the post-9/11 era as the "Sealock," a unique sealing/locking device gained widespread acceptance as the gold standard in mechanical container sealing technologies.

C-TPAT (Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism), is the Dept. of Homeland Security's partnership with the private sector. Initiated in 2003, C-TPAT strives to hold importers accountable for their inbound containers' security against the possibility of being used as a Trojan Horse to deliver a weapon of mass destruction through our borders. Comprehensive security measures must be taken by C-TPAT members. In return, they are granted fast lane Customs clearance and are not bogged down with intensive examinations.

One of the most critical aspects of container security is the all-important door seal which has been shown to be very vulnerable to attack and circumvention. It is just this vulnerability that led to the invention of the Sealock. Though its original purpose was to keep thieves from removing cargo from sealed containers, the Sealock has proven to be valuable in preventing terrorists from putting WMD's into well-sealed containers entering our ports.

All Sealock products exceed C-TPAT standards for the highest level of security seals. Customs has now recognized the Sealock company for its integrity by admitting them to this exclusive group of the largest American importers.

Sealock can be reached in Miami by contacting Ray Fernandez, VP in charge of sales, at 305-418-7603 or via email to rayf@sealock.com. Visit their website at www.sealock.com for more information about Sealock products that can help U.S. importers in their efforts to gain C-TPAT acceptance and to protect their containers from break-in and pilferage.

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NorCross Marine Products Introduces Marine Thermometer – Handheld Infrared Unit Provides Instant Readings

Author: NorCross Marine Products
Dateline: Fri, 30 Mar 2007

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “ORLANDO, Fla. - Mar. 29 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Instant water temperature readings while running a boat at full speed or trolling for offshore game fish is now reality, as NorCross Marine Products, a leader in the development of innovative marine electronics, introduces its Infrared Marine Thermometer SP. The Infrared Marine Thermometer is one of three products introduced by the company.”



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ORLANDO, Fla. - Mar. 29 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Instant water temperature readings while running a boat at full speed or trolling for offshore game fish is now reality, as NorCross Marine Products, a leader in the development of innovative marine electronics, introduces its Infrared Marine Thermometer SP. The Infrared Marine Thermometer is one of three products introduced by the company, including its SkierAlert SP and Sonic Laser Scale.

Marine Thermometer SP - (c) Send2PressThe handheld SP allows its user to pinpoint the optimal water temperature for any fishing habitat, without the traditional one-minute delay from products currently on the market.

The SP delivers instant temperature readings of any surface by simply aiming the laser pointer at the desired target. Temperature readings will appear within 1/2-second, and will continue to update four times per second until the button is released.

The SP features a large LCD screen, showing readings in Fahrenheit or Celsius. The 8-ounce unit measures temperatures from 0-400 degrees Fahrenheit. The non-contact technology measures temperatures without touching the surface, and can operate in extreme cold or hot temperatures.

The SP is great for fishing, but is also useful for measuring power head, block and riser temperatures, or detecting circulation problems. Boaters can use the SP to check trailer brakes and bearings to ensure proper lubrication.

The SP floats, is waterproof and comes standard with a two-year warranty. The MSRP of the Infrared Marine Thermometer SP is $89.99.

The Infrared Marine Thermometer SP can be found at sporting goods or marine supply retailers nationwide, by calling toll free to 888-NorCross, or by visiting www.norcrossmarine.com.

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Boating Industry Magazine Updates 2006 Top 100 and Leadership Alliance

Author: Boating Industry
Dateline: Tue, 28 Nov 2006

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., Nov. 28 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Buying and servicing a boat has become a much easier task for consumers around the country, thanks to Boating Industry magazine's second annual Top 100 Dealers, a ranking of an incredibly powerful group of marine dealers that generated more than $2.88 billion in retail sales, or nearly 8 percent of the entire $37 billion marine market.”



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MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Nov. 28 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Buying and servicing a boat has become a much easier task for consumers around the country, thanks to Boating Industry magazine's second annual Top 100 Dealers, a ranking of an incredibly powerful group of marine dealers that generated more than $2.88 billion in retail sales, or nearly 8 percent of the entire $37 billion marine market.

The ranking recognizes those marine dealers that are unsurpassed in overall business operations, customer service, marketing and professionalism. Collectively, the 2006 Boating Industry Top 100 employ more than 6,500 people and operate 357 retail locations across North America.

"While most industry awards are given to those dealers that sell the most boats, our Top 100 program is much more qualitatively focused," said Matt Gruhn, Editor-in-Chief of Boating Industry, "thereby leveling the playing field for all dealers and directing consumers to those dealers that can best deliver on the dream that boat ownership promises."

Topping the list at No. 1 for the second-consecutive year is Clearwater, Fla.-based MarineMax, followed by: Galati Yacht Sales, based in Anna Maria, Fla.; Singleton Marine Group based in Dadeville, Ala.; Hall Marine Group, based in Lake Wylie, S.C.; and Crystal-Pierz Marine, based in Crystal, Minn. Nearly 400 people joined Boating Industry to honor the Top 100 Dealers at a black-tie celebration Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Boating Industry's editorial staff reviewed more than 400 applications, culled from more than 3,000 nominations. The applications asked both quantitative and qualitative questions regarding all aspects of marine dealer operations.

"The Boating Industry Top 100 has, in short order, become the most coveted award in the marine market," explained Tammy Galvin, Group Publisher for Ehlert Publishing Group's trade magazines. "Marine dealers are on the front line with consumers every day, and this is one way we can help provide much needed benchmarking information for all other dealers to measure themselves against."

Having passed the billion-dollar mark for total revenue in the last year, MarineMax is now six-times larger than any other dealer in this year's ranking and has the revenue to fuel countless business initiatives not otherwise an option for smaller dealerships. Perhaps on a store-by-store basis, dealers could compete with a single MarineMax location, but as a corporation, its inclusion in the Top 100 creates a contest that would most likely find MarineMax atop the list every year. In that light, Boating Industry retired the company from the list of Top 100 Dealers and has honored it with an ongoing "Best In Class" designation, which MarineMax must continue to apply for.

Boating Industry also bestowed five additional Best In Class awards to dealers ranked at the top of their categories. Gordy's Lakefront Marine (ranked 15), based in Lake Geneva, Wis., is the highest-ranking dealer with only one boat brand. Russell Marine (ranked 10), based in Alexander City, Ala., is the highest-ranking dealer with five or six stores. Parks Marina (ranked 9), based in Okoboji, Iowa, is the highest-ranking dealer with three or four stores. Slalom Shop Boats & Yachts (ranked 6), based in Lewisville, Texas, is the highest-ranking dealer with one or two stores. Clark Marine (ranked 31), based in Manchester, Maine, is the highest-ranking dealer with revenue under $3 million.

For the full list of Boating Industry's 2006 Top 100 Dealers, visit www.boating-industry.com/output.cfm?ID=1168849.

To help bring the Boating Industry Top 100 to life, Ehlert Publishing Group, the magazine's parent company, created the Leadership Alliance, an elite group of the marine industry's leading suppliers. These companies were invited to participate because they possess, as one of their corporate values, a true belief in and commitment to raising the bar of professionalism across all marine industry sectors, and particularly for dealers.

The 2006 Leadership Alliance members include: BRP US Inc. /Evinrude, GE Capital Solutions & GE Money, Yamaha, Watch Captain, BoatTrader.com, SHURflo and the Marine Retailers Association of America.

Meet the 2006 Leadership Alliance:

Boating Industry magazine, a 78-year-old business-to-business publication owned by Ehlert Publishing Group, a subsidiary of Ventura, Calif.-based Affinity Group Inc., is the most authoritative and widely respected magazine serving the marine industry. Visit www.boating-industry.com to learn more about the Top 100 and view the inaugural winners.

BRP US, Inc./Evinrude, Sturtevant, Wis., has been delivering quality recreational experiences for people around the world for more than six decades. In 2001, Evinrude and Johnson outboard engines joined the Bombardier family, and in 2003 after extensive R&D, the company released Evinrude E-TEC, which revolutionized the outboard engine industry. BRP also produces such innovative products and brands as Sea-Doo watercraft and sport boats, Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Rotax karts and engines and CanAm ATVs and utility vehicles. Visit www.evinrude.com

GE Capital Solutions & GE Money, Hoffman Estates, Ill., creates customized financing programs to help manufacturers sell more products and dealers stock optimal levels of inventory to drive more sales. With more than 50 years of experience serving the marine industry, CDF supports its customers with the industry's most knowledgeable staff and provides a single point of contact for support. CDF is a recognized leader in the marine industry because it is dedicated to helping customers improve cash flow and grow their businesses though an array of financing programs and services. Visit: www.gecommercialfinance.com

Yamaha Marine Group, Kennesaw, Ga., has quickly become a leader in product quality and technology by providing superior value and customer satisfaction. The company has built a strong brand and loyal customer base in the marine market for its outboard engines as well as its Skeeter, Century and G3 boat brands. In 2000, the company introduced its High Pressure Direct Injection technology that swept the top three industry awards for innovation, design and engineering-the marine equivalent of racing's Triple Crown. A more recent award-winning and industry-defining introduction is the F225, the world's first V6 four-stroke outboard. Visit: www.yamaha-motor.com

Watch Captain, the only Microsoft.Net-based dealer management technology built specifically for the marine industry, makes life easier for dealers by streamlining everyday business processes. Watch Captain, Marion, Mass., technology integrates every aspect of the business, from point-of-purchase and sales functions to service and inventory management. As a result, not only are dealers better informed, they are able to better manage their resources, serve their customers and sell more boats. As a Microsoft Certified Partner, Watch Captain can offer its customers the advantage of Microsoft's continuous research and development as well as the ease of a true Windows-based application. Visit: www.watchcaptain.com

BoatTrader, the online portal for Boat Trader Magazine, is the nation's largest boating classified source. Headquartered in Norfolk, Va., BoatTrader.com displays more than 110,000 boats to an audience of 2.2 million visitors nationwide each month. It serves as a convenient and effective advertising forum for boat dealers and brokers. The company's goal is to make it easier and faster for its dealers to expand their online presence and to ultimately sell more boats. For more information on BoatTrader.com, visit: www.boattrader.com.

SHURflo has been the marine industry's leading supplier of plumbing products for more the 20 years. Through innovative product design, superior service and close customer relationships, SHURflo's solutions support the growth of the marine industry and ensure the satisfaction of boaters around the world. A commitment to quality is at the heart of SHURflo's success, beginning in the company's state-of-the art product testing and quality control labs at its Cypress, Calif., headquarters. Through lean manufacturing, continual process improvement and a team-oriented culture, SHURflo's market and customer responsiveness is unsurpassed. Visit: www.shurflo.com

The Marine Retailers Association of America is the leading not-for-profit organization aimed at promoting the recreational marine industry and the welfare of the marine retailer. The association raises the standards of retailing within the industry, provides its members a common source of information concerning all aspects of marine retailing and serves as the voice within the industry and in Washington regarding issues concerning marine dealers nationwide. Visit: www.mraa.com.

For the full list of Boating Industry's 2006 Top 100 Dealers, visit
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Boating Industry Magazine Announces 2006 Top 100 and Leadership Alliance

Author: Boating Industry Magazine
Dateline: Sun, 30 Apr 2006

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Apr. 30 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Buying and servicing a boat is about to become a much easier task for consumers around the country when Boating Industry magazine announces its 2006 Top 100 Dealers, a ranking of those marine dealers that are unsurpassed in overall business operations, customer service, marketing and professionalism, later this fall.”



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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - April 30 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Buying and servicing a boat is about to become a much easier task for consumers around the country when Boating Industry magazine announces its 2006 Top 100 Dealers, a ranking of those marine dealers that are unsurpassed in overall business operations, customer service, marketing and professionalism, later this fall.

To help bring the Boating Industry Top 100 to life, Ehlert Publishing Group, the magazine's parent company, created the Leadership Alliance-an elite group of the marine industry's leading suppliers. These companies were invited to participate because they possess as one of their corporate values a true belief in, and commitment to, raising the bar of professionalism across all marine industry sectors, particularly for dealers.

"The Boating Industry Top 100 has, in short order, become the most coveted award in the marine market," explained Tammy Galvin, Group Publisher for Ehlert's trade magazines. "Marine dealers are on the front line with consumers every day, and this is one way we can help provide much needed benchmarking information for all other dealers to measure themselves against."

"While most industry awards are given to those dealers that sell the most boats, our Top 100 program is much more qualitatively focused," said Matt Gruhn, Editor-in-Chief of Boating Industry, "thereby leveling the playing field for all dealers and directing consumers to those dealers that can best deliver on the dream that boat ownership promises."

The 2006 Leadership Alliance members include: BRP US Inc., GE Commercial Finance, Yamaha, BoatTrader com, Watch Captain, SHURflo, Stemnock & Associates and the Marine Retailers Association of America.

Boating Industry magazine, along with the Leadership Alliance, will announce the 2006 Top 100 at an invitation-only gala awards ceremony in Las Vegas on Nov. 15, 2006. Meet the 2006 Leadership Alliance:

Boating Industry magazine, a 78-year-old business-to-business publication owned by Ehlert Publishing Group, a subsidiary of Ventura, Calif.-based Affinity Group Inc., is the most authoritative and widely respected magazine serving the marine industry. Visit www.boating-industry.com to learn more about the Top 100 and view the inaugural winners.

Bombardier Recreational Products, Sturtevant, Wis., has been delivering quality recreational experiences for people around the world for more than six decades. In 2001, Evinrude and Johnson outboard engines joined the Bombardier family, and in 2003 after extensive R&D, the company released Evinrude E-TEC, which revolutionized the outboard engine industry. BRP also produces such innovative products and brands as Sea-Doo watercraft and sport boats, Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Rotax karts and engines and Bombardier ATVs and utility vehicles. Visit www.evinrude.com

GE Commercial Finance, Hoffman Estates, Ill., creates customized financing programs to help manufacturers sell more products and dealers stock optimal levels of inventory to drive more sales. With more than 50 years of experience serving the marine industry, CDF supports its customers with the industry's most knowledgeable staff and provides a single point of contact for support. CDF is a recognized leader in the marine industry because it is dedicated to helping customers improve cash flow and grow their businesses though an array of financing programs and services. Visit: www.gecommercialfinance.com

Yamaha Marine Group, Kennesaw, Ga., has quickly become a leader in product quality and technology by providing superior value and customer satisfaction. The company has built a strong brand and loyal customer base in the marine market for its outboard engines as well as its Skeeter, Century and G3 boat brands. In 2000, the company introduced its High Pressure Direct Injection technology that swept the top three industry awards for innovation, design and engineering-the marine equivalent of racing's Triple Crown. A more recent award-winning and industry-defining introduction is the F225, the world's first V6 four-stroke outboard. Visit: www.yamaha-motor.com

Watch Captain, the only Microsoft.Net-based dealer management technology built specifically for the marine industry, makes life easier for dealers by streamlining everyday business processes. Watch Captain, Marion, Mass., technology integrates every aspect of the business, from point-of-purchase and sales functions to service and inventory management. As a result, not only are dealers better informed, they are able to better manage their resources, serve their customers and sell more boats. As a Microsoft Certified Partner, Watch Captain can offer its customers the advantage of Microsoft's continuous research and development as well as the ease of a true Windows-based application. Visit: www.watchcaptain.com

BoatTrader.com, the online portal for Boat Trader Magazine, is the nation's largest boating classified source. Headquartered in Norfolk, Va., BoatTrader.com displays more than 110,000 boats to an audience of 2.2 million visitors nationwide each month. It serves as a convenient and effective advertising forum for boat dealers and brokers. The company's goal is to make it easier and faster for its dealers to expand their online presence and to ultimately sell more boats. For more information on BoatTrader.com, call 877-354-4069 or visit: www.BoatTrader.com

SHURflo has been the marine industry's leading supplier of plumbing products for more the 20 years. Through innovative product design, superior service and close customer relationships, SHURflo's solutions support the growth of the marine industry and ensure the satisfaction of boaters around the world. A commitment to quality is at the heart of SHURflo's success, beginning in the company's state-of-the art product testing and quality control labs at its Cypress, Calif., headquarters. Through lean manufacturing, continual process improvement and a team-oriented culture, SHURflo's market and customer responsiveness is unsurpassed. Visit: www.shurflo.com

Stemnock & Associates, Tampa, Fla., develops and produces custom training programs to help marine manufacturers and their dealer partners increase profits, enhance service standards and grow sales. With expertise in custom content development, adult learning, e-learning, marketing communications, graphic presentations and event management, the Stemnock Team provides solutions, both for dealers and marine manufacturers, that result in a substantial ROI, improved profits and enhanced customer service standards. Visit: www.StemnockGroup.com or call 813-226-2560.

The Marine Retailers Association of America is the leading not-for-profit organization aimed at promoting the recreational marine industry and the welfare of the marine retailer. The association raises the standards of retailing within the industry, provides its members a common source of information concerning all aspects of marine retailing and serves as the voice within the industry and in Washington regarding issues concerning marine dealers nationwide. Visit: www.mraa.com



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Staten Island Yacht Sales Named Exclusive Cabo Dealer in New York

Author: Staten Island Yacht Sales
Dateline: Thu, 23 Feb 2006

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “STATEN ISLAND, NY - Feb. 23 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- In a statement released today, president and CEO of Staten Island Yacht Sales, Frank Bongiorno, announced that the company has become the official dealer for Cabo Yachts for the state of New York.”



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STATEN ISLAND, NY (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- In a statement released today, president and CEO of Staten Island Yacht Sales (www.siyachts.com), Frank Bongiorno, announced that the company has become the official dealer for Cabo Yachts for the state of New York.

He also revealed the company plans to open an office at the Montauk Yacht Club on Long Island, New York to cater to its burgeoning larger new and pre-owned yacht segment. The newly added Cabo line will be part of Staten Island Yacht Sales' Yacht Division that includes Viking Yachts, Marquis, Viking Sport Cruisers and Ocean Yachts.

Bongiorno stated, "Cabo chose our dealership based on its reputation for delivering customer service and satisfaction. This has earned us a customer service index rating of over 95% and we are committed to that same level of satisfaction as we continue to grow."

He added, "We are delighted to be able to provide our customers with a quality sportfishing line from 31 to 52 feet. This along with the opening of our new Montauk Yacht Club location will enable our customers to enjoy easy access to one of the greatest sportfishing arenas available."

Staten Island Yacht Sales has been selling Yachts for 42 years with 3 on-water locations in Staten Island New York, Freeport, New York and New Gretna, New Jersey. Product offerings include Cruisers Yachts, Carver Yachts, Silverton, Viking Yachts, Marquis, Viking Sport Cruisers, and Ocean Yachts. Bongiorno is also president of Palm Beach based Trio Marine Group, which represents Cruisers Yachts, Carver Yachts and Marquis in the southeast Florida region.

Cabo Yachts builds flybridge and express sportfishing boats from its production facility in Adelanto, California. Just recently, Cabo was acquired by publicly traded Brunswick Corporation of New Bern, North Carolina.

More information: http://www.siyachts.com



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Are Boaters Prepared to Risk Their Safety and Security While On-Board…and be Miles from Shore? Not if They Have SeaKey Onboard!

Author: SeaKey LLC
Dateline: Tue, 31 Jan 2006

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “BETHESDA, MD - Jan. 30 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Miami International Boat Show 2006 - SeaKey(R) debuts its next-generation Satellite Communications product with enhanced features aimed at boater safety and security...monitoring your vessel offshore, dockside or even at home. SeaKey(R) is the leading provider of in-boat safety, security and information services using the GPS satellite network and enhanced wireless technology.”



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BETHESDA, MD (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Miami International Boat Show 2006 - SeaKey(R) debuts its next-generation Satellite Communications product with enhanced features aimed at boater safety and security...monitoring your vessel offshore, dockside or even at home. SeaKey(R) is the leading provider of in-boat safety, security and information services using the GPS satellite network and enhanced wireless technology.

SeaKey has garnered the attention of U.S. boating manufacturers and boaters alike since its first-generation product entered the recreational boating market in 2002. With an installed base approaching 9,000 units, the SeaKey System can be found on-board most anything from trailerable boats, runabouts, offshore cruisers, sailboats and liveaboards. In fact, a growing list of over 35 boat manufacturers are making SeaKey standard equipment or an available factory-installed option to their buyers. SeaKey is fast becoming the de facto standard in satellite-based marine safety and security products.

"We are committed to providing today's boaters the highest level of safety and security attainable offshore through onboard diagnostics combined with the enhanced satellite communication services offered with SeaKey on-board," stated Jan Hellaker, General Manager of SeaKey LLC. He continued, "Much like many car manufacturers put a safety communication system in their cars these days, we deliver a much needed and value-added product to boat owners alike."

The primary components of the SeaKey System are the SeaKey Command Module and the SeaKey Control Module. The SeaKey Command Module houses a backlit LCD display unit and provides an intuitive interface to utilize all the SeaKey features, commands and SOS Emergency directives. Enhanced e-mail functions enable you to send and receive directly from your boat.

The SeaKey Control Module provides 24/7 direct access to the satellite communications network and houses the core monitoring logic to trigger onboard alarms and notify the SeaKey Response Center to initiate appropriate action. An integrated GPS receiver allows SeaKey to track your vessels location, respond to an on-board emergency or aid in the recovery of a stolen vessel. Boat owners are immediately notified by phone or email once an incident occurs.

Additionally, SeaKey provides a personal web portal giving owners and designated guests or family members direct access to monitor their boats condition and whereabouts. Professional Service Coordinators at the SeaKey Response Center are available 24/7 to respond to onboard alarms, owner inquiries, emergency situations, as well as provide their subscribers with a variety of Concierge Services for their enhanced boating enjoyment.

Boat owners must directly contact the SeaKey Response Center to activate their system and subscribe to the all-inclusive service plan in order to enjoy its on-board benefits. A nominal, monthly fee ensures they're always connected and always protected.

SeaKey will be exhibiting at the Miami International Boat Show from Feb. 16th - Feb. 20th, 2006 -- and sponsoring a "Safety-Off-Shore" Contest for all boater attendees. Registration is required. A free SeaKey System will be awarded daily.

Stop by our main Booth # I-100, within the Volvo Penta exhibit, to claim your free SeaKey gifts and enter the contest. Visit http://www.myseakey.com for additional information.


SeaKey LLC, 7315 Wisconsin Ave, Ste. 1050, Bethesda, MD 20814.



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Boating Industry Magazine Announces 2005 Top 100 and Leadership Alliance

Author: Boating Industry magazine
Dateline: Sun, 20 Nov 2005

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “MINNEAPOLIS, MN - Nov. 20 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Buying and servicing a boat is about to become a much easier task for consumers around the country thanks to Boating Industry magazine's inaugural Top 100 Dealers, a ranking of those marine dealers that are unsurpassed in overall business operations, customer service, marketing and professionalism.”



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MINNEAPOLIS, MN (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Buying and servicing a boat is about to become a much easier task for consumers around the country thanks to Boating Industry magazine's (www.boating-industry.com) inaugural Top 100 Dealers, a ranking of those marine dealers that are unsurpassed in overall business operations, customer service, marketing and professionalism.

(c) Send2Press"While most industry awards are given to those dealers that sell the most boats, our Top 100 program is much more qualitatively focused," said Matt Gruhn, Editor-in-Chief of Boating Industry, "thereby leveling the playing field for all dealers and directing consumers to those dealers that can best deliver on the dream that boat ownership promises."

This first-of-its-kind ranking represents an incredibly powerful group of marine dealers. Collectively, they generated more than $2.6 billion in retail sales, which is nearly 10 percent of the entire $30 billion marine market. The 2005 Boating Industry Top 100 employ nearly 6,700 people and operate 342 retail locations across North America.

Topping the list at No. 1 is Clearwater, Fla.-based MarineMax, followed by: Skipper Bud's, based in Winthrop Harbor, Ill.; Surfside 3 Marina, Inc., based in Lindenhurst, N.Y.; Crystal-Pierz Marine, based in Brainerd, Minn.; and Prince William Marina, based in Woodbridge, Va. The Top 100 Dealers were honored at a black-tie celebration Thursday, Nov. 10, at the Stardust Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

Boating Industry's editorial staff reviewed more than 300 applications, culled from more than 2,000 nominations. The applications asked both quantitative and qualitative questions regarding all aspects of marine dealer operations.

"The Boating Industry Top 100 will, in short order, become the most coveted award in the marine market," explained Tammy Galvin, Group Publisher for Ehlert Publishing Group's trade magazines. "Marine dealers are on the front line with consumers every day, and this is one way we can help provide much needed benchmarking information for all other dealers to measure themselves against."

To help bring the Boating Industry Top 100 to life, Ehlert Publishing Group, the magazine's parent company, created the Leadership Alliance, an elite group of the marine industry's leading suppliers. These companies were invited to participate because they possess, as one of their corporate values, a true belief in and commitment to raising the bar of professionalism across all marine industry sectors, and particularly for dealers.

The 2005 Leadership Alliance members include: BRP US Inc., GE Commercial Finance, Yamaha, boats.com, Watch Captain, SHURflo and the Marine Retailers Association of America.


Meet the 2005 Leadership Alliance:

Boating Industry magazine, a 76-year-old business-to-business publication owned by Ehlert Publishing Group, a subsidiary of Ventura, Calif.-based Affinity Group Inc., is the most authoritative and widely respected magazine serving the marine industry. Visit
http://www.boating-industry.com

Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP US, Inc.), Sturtevant, Wis., has been delivering quality recreational experiences for people around the world for more than six decades. In 2001 Evinrude and Johnson outboard engines joined the Bombardier family, and in 2003, after extensive R&D, the company released Evinrude E-TEC, which revolutionized the outboard engine industry. BRP also produces such innovative products and brands as Sea-Doo watercraft and sport boats, Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Rotax karts and engines and Bombardier ATVs and utility vehicles. Visit www.evinrude.com

GE Commercial Distribution Finance, Hoffman Estates, Ill., creates customized financing programs to help manufacturers sell more products and dealers stock optimal levels of inventory to drive more sales. With more than 50 years of experience serving the marine industry, GE CDF supports its customers with the industry's most knowledgeable staff and provides a single point of contact for support. GE CDF is a recognized leader in the marine industry because it is dedicated to helping customers improve cash flow and grow their business though an array of financing programs and services. Visit: www.gecommercialfinance.com

Yamaha Marine Group, Kennesaw, Ga., has quickly become a leader in product quality and technology by providing superior value and customer satisfaction. The company has built a strong brand and loyal customer base in the marine market for its outboard engines as well as its Skeeter, Century and G3 boat brands. In 2000, the company introduced its High Pressure Direct Injection technology that swept the top three industry awards for innovation, design and engineering-the marine equivalent of racing's Triple Crown. A more recent award-winning and industry-defining introduction is the F225, the world's first V6 four-stroke outboard. Visit: www.yamaha-motor.com

boats.com has distinguished itself as one of the most effective and convenient pathways for boat dealers, builders and resellers to get in front of boat seekers. More than 1 million people visit boats.com each month to shop more than 100,000 new and used boats by brand, boat type, dealer, region or price. As an Internet marketplace, boats.com is a 24/7 virtual showroom for its dealers and builders. That exposure results in significant numbers of qualified leads and ultimately more boats sold. boats.com is owned by Trader Publishing Co., Virginia Beach, Va. Visit: www.boats.com

Watch Captain, the only Microsoft.Net-based dealer management technology built specifically for the marine industry, makes life easier for dealers by streamlining everyday business processes. Watch Captain, Marion, Mass., technology integrates every aspect of the business, from point-of-purchase and sales functions to service and inventory management. As a result, not only are dealers better informed, they are able to better manage their resources, serve their customers and sell more boats. As a Microsoft Certified Partner, Watch Captain can offer its customers the advantage of Microsoft's continuous research and development as well as the ease of a true Windows-based application. Visit: www.watchcaptain.com

SHURflo has been the marine industry's leading supplier of plumbing products for more the 20 years. Through innovative product design, superior service and close customer relationships, SHURflo's solutions support the growth of the marine industry and ensure the satisfaction of boaters around the world. A commitment to quality is at the heart of SHURflo's success, beginning in the company's state-of-the art product testing and quality control labs at its Cypress, Calif., headquarters. Through lean manufacturing and a continuous process improvement and a team-oriented culture, SHURflo's market and customer responsiveness is unsurpassed. Visit: www.shurflo.com

The Marine Retailers Association of America is the leading not-for-profit organization aimed at promoting the recreational marine industry and the welfare of the marine retailer. The association raises the standards of retailing within the industry, provides its members a common source of information concerning all aspects of marine retailing and serves as the voice within the industry and in Washington regarding issues concerning marine dealers nationwide.


The 2005 Top 100 Dealers:

1 MarineMax Clearwater FL
2 Skipper Bud's Winthrop Harbor IL
3 Surfside 3 Marina, Inc. Lindenhurst NY
4 Crystal-Pierz Marine Brainerd MN
5 Prince William Marina Woodbridge VA
6 Arrowhead Yacht Club & Marina Ketchum OK
7 Slalom Shop Boats and Yachts Lewisville TX
8 Russo Marine Medford MA
9 Village Marina & Yacht Club Eldon MO
10 Sail & Ski Centers Austin TX
11 Thunder Marine St. Petersburg FL
12 H&S Yacht Sales/Southwestern Yacht Sales San Diego CA
13 Port Harbor Marine South Portland ME
14 Parks Marina Okoboji IA
15 Gordy's Lakefront Marine, Inc. Fontana WI
16 Seattle Boat Co. Seattle WA
17 Lakeside Marine Inc. Lakeside OH
18 Buckeye Marine Bobcaygeon ON
19 Bassett Boat Co. Springfield MA
20 Clark Marine Manchester ME
21 Woodard Marine, Inc. Hydeville VT
22 Boats Incorporated Niantic CT
23 Strong's Marine, LLC Mattituck NY
24 Midwest MasterCraft Crystal MN
25 Action Water Sports Hudsonville MI
26 Comstock Yacht Sales and Marina Brick NJ
27 Hampton Watercraft & Marine Hampton Bays NY
28 Hobby Lobby Marine Toms River NJ
29 Schock Boats Newport Beach CA
30 Duchow's Boat Center Oconomowoc WI
31 JOA, LLC Marietta GA
32 Apopka Marine, Inc. Inverness FL
33 Lockwood Marine, Inc. Townsend GA
34 Ivancic Marine, Inc. Cleveland OH
35 Staten Island Boat Sales, Inc. Staten Island NY
36 San Diego Sundance Marine San Diego CA
37 Baert Marine Inc. Danvers MA
38 St. Barts Yachts, Inc. Charleston SC
39 George's Marine & Sports Ottawa ON
40 YouCorp, Inc. San Benito TX
41 Marine USA Inc. Worcester MA
42 Boat Town, Inc. Austin TX
43 Lynnhaven Marine Virginia Beach VA
44 Jefferson Beach Yacht Sales St. Clair Shores MI
45 Tri-State Marine Deale MD
46 Boatland, Inc. Escondido CA
47 Clark's Landing Boat Sales Chester MD
48 O'Hara Marine Inc. Brookfield CT
49 Marine Connection, Inc. W. Palm Beach FL
50 Cannons Marina, Incorporated Longboat Key FL
51 Link Recreational Minong WI
52 Islamorada Boat Center Islamorada FL
53 Gage Marine Corp. Williams Bay WI
54 Rambo Marine Hazel Green AL
55 Parker Boat Co., Inc. Orlando FL
56 Gone Fishin' Marine, Inc. Dixon CA
57 Lakeside Marine Inc. Harrisburg PA
58 Marine Specialties Sparks NV
59 Kelly's Port Osage Beach MO
60 The Boating Center Crestwood KY
61 D&R Boat World Green Brook NJ
62 Westport Marina Denver NC
63 Reed's Marine Delavan WI
64 Chatlee Boat & Marine Sanford NC
65 Silver Lake Marine Silver Springs NY
66 Onekama Marine Onekama MI
67 American Marine and Motorsports Super Center Shawano WI
68 Liquid Sports Marine Orlando FL
69 Texas Marine Beaumont TX
70 Walker's Marine & Yacht Sales Marco Island FL
71 Legendary Marine Destin FL
72 Dan's Boats St. Peters MO
73 Walstrom Marine Harbor Springs MI
74 Short's Marine, Inc. Millsboro DE
75 Marine Center of Indiana Indianapolis IN
76 Gulf Coast Marine, Inc. Corpus Christi TX
77 Cobalt Boats of Atlanta Buford GA
78 Boat And Motor Superstores Palm Harbor FL
79 Bayside Marine Corp. Duxbury MA
80 White's Marine Center Casper WY
81 Shipyard Marine Inc. Green Bay WI
82 Custom Marine Statesboro GA
83 MacCallum's Boathouse, Inc. Epsom NH
84 Omaha Marine Center Omaha NE
85 Sima Marine Eastlake OH
86 Glenn Marine Family Boating Centers, Ltd. Northport NY
87 Sportsman's Outfitter & Marine, Inc. Lee's Summit MO
88 Jackson Marine Sales, Inc. North East MD
89 East Coast Flightcraft, Inc. Middleton MA
90 Spicer's Boat City Houghton Lake MI
91 Mount Dora Boating Center Mount Dora FL
92 Olympic Boat Centers Bellevue WA
93 Erickson Marine Hastings MN
94 Austin Boats and Motors Austin TX
95 Bohner Lacefield Marine, Inc. Madera CA
96 Hammer's Ski & Marine, Inc. Petaluma CA
97 Pine Crest Marine, Inc. Cedar Lake IN
98 Sunrise Marine, Inc. Mary Esther FL
99 Lodder's Marine Sales, Inc. Fairfield OH
100 Marshall's Marine, Inc. Lake City SC



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THE MACX LLC, a Building Products Distributor in Fort Myers, Introduces ProCell Dock and Deck Systems to South and Central Florida

Author: THE MACX LLC
Dateline: Wed, 15 Jun 2005

freeNewsArticles Story Summary: “FORT MYERS, Fla. - June 15 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- THE MACX LLC (www.themacx.com) has formed an alliance with ProCell LLC of Foley AL. for the exclusive distribution of their 'new generation' composite dock and deck products in South and Central Florida. Caloosa Yacht and Racket Club in Fort Myers, an upscale yachting community, recently selected ProCell for a complete renovation of their marina. ”



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FORT MYERS, Fla. - June 15 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- THE MACX LLC (www.themacx.com) has formed an alliance with ProCell LLC of Foley AL. for the exclusive distribution of their "new generation" composite dock and deck products in South and Central Florida.

Many first generation composite deck boards are made of waste stream plastics and wood filler. The early designs seemed to be driven more by the availability of these materials than the actual performance of the product. ProCell has taken a very different approach. They have introduced a "new generation" of products which are specifically designed for superior outdoor weathering performance.

The ProCell products are made with a solid core, cellular PVC technology that contains no wood fillers that might compromise performance. Boards produced with this exclusive Fibertech(tm) technology are extremely tough and durable, have superior stain and mold resistance, and are insect and termite resistant.

ProCell employs a proprietary embossing system to achieve a realistic wood grain that is slip resistant and has tremendous grain retention even in high traffic areas. They also employ Colorfast Solutions(tm) by Americhem Inc., one of the industries leading color experts, to provide vibrant, longer lasting colors. All ProCell products are backed by a Lifetime Limited Warranty.

Caloosa Yacht and Racket Club in Fort Myers, an upscale yachting community, recently selected ProCell for a complete renovation of their marina. Mr. Fred Zebley of the Marina Committee said: "We are boaters and homeowners here and have more experience with marinas and docks than the average homeowner. We also had the time to do the necessary product research. When we got right down to it, the quality of the product, its low maintenance, and appearance, ProCell was our choice".

Ben McGarry, Vice President of THE MACX LLC said: "The level of acceptance of the ProCell products has been terrific. Homeowners and contractors alike are looking for the best alternative to wood. They understand the shortcomings of wood and are surprised to find that many composites contain 40% to 50% wood filler. As these homeowners and contractors learn more about wood composites, they seem to gravitate toward ProCell. They want a great looking; long lasting product that will outperform wood without all the maintenance."

He added, "The ProCell warranty also offers a major advantage. When a homeowner is shopping for a composite product, they should take the time to do a good competitive analysis. Ask questions about product content, durability, color retention and the warranty, then make the intelligent choice. An educated consumer is our best customer."

Contractors enjoy selling the product and love the ease of installation. It is reasonably light weight, can be carried by one man without breaking, and installs quickly since no pre-drilling or special fasteners are required. The product installs just like wood without the knots and warpage.

THE MACX LLC is a distributor of premium products to the dock and deck industry in Southwest Florida. They are developing dealer relationships throughout South and Central Florida for the distribution of ProCell products.

For more information please visit www.themacx.com or call 239-332-0400.

THE MACX LLC, 13891 Jetport Loop, Unit #2, Fort Myers, FL 33913.

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