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FIRST LOOK: NEW Marquis 40SC with IPS "Pod Drive"
Marquis Leap-Frogs Conventional Express Cruisers


Sculpted by the Nuvolari-Lenard design firm of Venice, Italy, with lines and concepts as fresh as anything coming out of the Med these days, the new Marquis 40 SC (Sport Coupe) is sure to have long lines this fall at the boat shows both in America and in Europe. For the first in-depth look at this breath-taking 40-footer... click here.

NMMA Now Certifies Boat Dealers

The weak link in the boating industry is addressed

New boat unit sales have been steadily declining during thelast 30 years and customer dissatisfaction with boat dealers has beenrecognized as a major contributing factor. During the last 12 months the NMMAhas taken on the task of upgrading the overall quality of customer service ofdealers through workshops, new rules, certifications, inspections, and dealerCSI Reports.  But will this program work?NMMA President Thom Dammrich thinks it will...

Dammrich Interview on Dealer Certification...see video


NMMA Consumer "Bill of Rights"
The NMMA has decreed new, high standards of customer care

Now, new boat buyers have the boating industry association on their side!  This sea-change in approach is based on the notion that the industry's worst enemy is the indifference to and the neglect of customer complaints and problems by many of the nation's boat dealers. Now consumers will have a way to identify dealers who "get it" from those who don't care enough about their business to learn the basics of customer care.

See Dammrich Discuss Dealer CSI and the Consumer "Bill of Rights"...watch video 

Read Consumer "Bill of Rights"...click here

See List of NMMA Certified Dealers...click here


See Owner Feedback on Boats and Dealers
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For two years BoatTEST.com has invited its readers to comment on their boats and their dealers, and their experiences with the builders.

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Tigé Gets Serious about CSI
Innovative Builder Changes Management Structure

Tigé Boats in Abilene, Texas, has taken its quality assurance and customer service departments out from under manufacturing and sales management and created a new and different management chain of command leading to the president's office, the company reported in a statement last week. This is an exciting new development in boat builder management structure which could have a ripple effect throughout the boating industry...Find Out Why.



A Collision at Sea Can Ruin Your Whole Day...Watch Video
Even Worse-- A Collision, Then a Fire
... Watch Video

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More BUI State Laws Coming

Get ready for tough enforcement of Boating Under the Influence Laws...find out why



Check Your Trailer Tie-Downs...
Or, you might have a premature launching.

The skipper of a Bayliner inadvertently launched his boat a bit too far away from the ramp Friday morning, briefly blocking traffic at the intersection of 2nd Avenue and Spokane Street east of downtown Spokane, Wa. The accident happened after 9 a.m. Friday when the boat apparently slid off the back of the trailer and onto Spokane Street right at the intersection with 2nd Avenue.

Capt. Rob Talks about proper Trailer Tie Downs...watch video


Hurricanes -- Six Basic Rules You Should Know
Plus some good advice about the details of preparation
 
Experts at the NOAA Climate Prediction Center are projecting a 75 percent chance that the Atlantic Hurricane Season will be above normal this year in the number of severe storms.  They base that assessment largely on the fact that the El Nino current has stopped, and experts claim that will cause more and stronger hurricanes.
 
While we remember quite clearly that NOAA predicted the same thing last year, which thankfully didn't materialize, it is far better to plan for the worst and be pleasantly surprised if NOAA is wrong again. Better that there is egg on their face than yours. (They're used to it.)
 
But, What to do?  Click here.



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Wellcraft 30 Scarab Sport
The creative designers at Wellcraft have raised the bar on center consoles with the new 30 Scarab Sport. With a top speed of 52 mph this is one fishboat you can't help but notice. Watch Video


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Premier 310 Boundary Waters
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Earthrace Calls it Quits!
Hull was breaking up after Storms; Back to the Drawing Board
Earthrace was taking on water in the main hull and substantial repairs would take too long. Read All About it...click here.


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Boat Sinks in Tampa Bay – Survivors Ignored
At least six boats passed by two men clinging to Channel Marker..Read More

Whale Wars!
Mayhem on the High Seas...Read More

24' Boat Burns on Lake Erie
On its first outing of the season – was commissioning adequate?...Read More

Group Calls for Foreign Shipping Ban in Great Lakes
US Taxpayers spend $5 Billion yearly fighting invasions, says Group...Read More

Hatteras Wins Shoot-Out with Bertram
Hatteras 60 "Fish Tales" is Top Gun; Hatteras President catches 1st fish!...Read More

Ranger Boats: "Employer of the Year"
Arkansas Recognizes Patriotic Boat Company...Read More

Homeland Security Zeros in on Boaters
From the people who brought you FEMA...Read More

Headhunter Receives Patent
Reverse Osmosis Now Used For Type II MSD – Can a Watermaker be Far Behind?...Read More

Crab Pot Line Sinks Fishing Boat
Stuffing box seal fails, crew can't stem flow...Read More

Sea-Tow Gets 1,000 Calls
Many boats not properly commissioned...Read More

Workboat Burns Off Newfoundland
From Ice Pack to Frying Pan – Another Commissioning Problem?...Read More

Spanish Team Wins 2007 IGFA Offshore World Championship
30 Countries Compete in Cabo San Lucas...Read More

Aussies Dominate World Water Ski Racing Championships
Four of Six Winners use Mercury Racing's 1075 SCi Stern Drive...Read More

ChampBoat Racing Series Begins
Fairchild Wins Opener. See List of Next 8 Races...Read More

Board Spreads Blame for Seaplane Crash
Both the FAA and Chalk's at Fault for '05 Crash...Read More

Next America's Cup In Dubai?
No matter who wins Dubai could be the Cup Venue...Read More
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