Anglers interested in boat ownership

September 1, 2009

Of the 48.5 million anglers in the United States today, 8.5 million have said they are interested in owning a boat. Respondents were most motivated to buy a boat to gain easier access to better fishing. Other respondents noted that fishing is a “gateway activity” to get youth interested in other outdoor activities, and that …

Aftermarket products recognized for innovation

The National Marine Manufacturers Association and Boating Writers International recognized 10 marine aftermarket products for innovative achievement at the Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show (MAATS) in Orlando. The winners accepted the awards during the MAATS Awards Reception. The winning companies were decided by a panel of seven judges based on innovative distinction, benefit to the …

New Orleans Boat Show becomes leader in Gulf Coast

The New Orleans Boat Show is expanding to include fishing, hunting, and other sporting and outdoors industries. Traditional boat show offerings will still be included at the show, but a wider selection of exhibitors, ranging from tackle and accessory dealers to hunting, fishing and travel booths, will now be available. Louisiana Sportsman magazine is teaming …

Ranger will award prize money

Ranger Boats will be allowed to award various already-existing fishing tournament prize money, as ruled recently in the bankruptcy case of its parent company, Genmar. Prize money totals $941,185, including $500,000 in prize boat certificates that promote fishing in the United States. Genmar believes Ranger to be a valuable asset “that needs to continue to …

Deadline approaching for boating access award

The third annual BoatUS Recreational Boating Access Award will accept nominations until Oct. 1. The award recognizes individuals or groups who have preserved or improved waterway access. Waterfront residential development, regulatory red tape, increased taxes, poor land-use planning and more restrictive zoning are some factors that contribute to the decline of waterway access for recreational …

Two-month paddleboard expedition from Canada to France

Three French women, Stéphanie Geyer-Barneix, Alexandra Lux and Flora Manciet, will be participating in the UCAR Cap Odysée paddleboard expedition this summer. The three competetive paddleboarders row in relays to traverse the North Atlantic Ocean. The athletes set off from Cape Breton Island, Canada, in July, and hope to average 100 kilometers per day until …

New Detroit outdoor expo

The Great Lakes Outdoor Recreation Expo, a new consumer event, is being created to enhance its exhibitors’ value and attract more attendees with a broader interest. The event, which will take place Feb. 18–21 in Detroit, Mich., will include exhibitors from a variety of outdoor and sporting recreation activities. This expo is in addition to …

Research sailing expedition underway

The Around the Americas research sailing expedition, which got underway in May, is collecting scientific data and testing new methods and equipment throughout the 13-month, 25,000-mile circumnavigation of the North and South American continents. The expedition intends to raise awareness of the changes occurring in our oceans and aims to promote solutions to lessen negative …

Ameritex files for bankruptcy

Marine accessories manufacturer Ameritex filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and sold its assets to the Taylor Made Group. The business will be reconstituted as Ameritex Fabric Systems and relocated to Taylor Made’s facility in Bradenton, Fla. Ameritex ran into trouble when its two top customers, Genmar Group and Crownline Boats, closed plants and filed …

Small business loans for veterans

A special Small Business Administration (SBA) loan program for veterans has increased since the Recovery Act. The SBA’s Patriot Express Pilot Loan initiative provides loans to veterans and their spouses to be used for business purposes, including start-up, expansion, equipment purchases, working capital, inventory or business-occupied real estate purchases. The Patriot Express loans are similar …