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Jury rules Brunswick infringed on Cobalt patent


A federal court jury ruled that Brunswick Corp. willfully infringed upon a Cobalt Boats LLC patent when it offered retractable swim steps on several Sea Ray models. The jury returned a $2.69 million verdict, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia on Wednesday. That amount could be increased

New national fisheries manager named at NOAA


Chris Oliver has been appointed to manage national fisheries for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Trump administration announced Tuesday. For the past 27 years Oliver worked at the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, first as a fisheries biologist, and since 2002 as executive director. In that post he served as lead staff for

LotVantage releases two new software products

Description: LotVantage, a digital marketing SaaS company for dealerships, distributors and manufacturers, has released two new software products: Business Listings and Reputation Management. LotVantage said it is excited with the initial beta results and what an impact it has had on conversion to sales. These services coupled with existing LotVantage products are designed to be a ...

Yamaha unveils new version of V6 Offshore outboard


Yamaha Marine Group said it has a new mechanical-control version of its 300-hp 4.2-liter V6 Offshore outboard. It’s available in left- and right-hand rotation and should be available this summer. “Yamaha Marine is dedicated to providing premium boating experiences for all of our customers, and we believe it’s important to incorporate a variety of choices

Flagstone Island Gardens developer sues Miami


The developer of the Flagstone Island Gardens project on Watson Island has filed a lawsuit against the city of Miami, according to the South Florida Business Journal, seeking $122 million in damages because the city threatened to cancel its lease. The move followed a vote by city commissioners, who agreed that Mehmet Bayraktar’s Flagstone has

MDCE names opening keynote speaker


Best-selling author and innovation guru Tim Sanders has been named the opening keynote speaker for the 2017 Marine Dealer Conference & Expo, which is set for Dec. 10-13 in Orlando, Fla. Slated for Monday, Dec. 11, Sanders’ presentation, titled “How Digital Can Supercharge Your Business,” will address how to leverage customer media, inexpensive content and

RIMTA has new producer for Providence show


The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association has partnered with a new producer to continue growing the Providence Boat Show. RIMTA said Marketing & Events, based in Newport, brings a track record of producing trade shows, festivals and boating events that stretches back 30 years. M&E founder David Rosenberg began his career in event management at

Monitor Products adds Oklahoma office


Monitor Products Inc. said it is expanding its operation and opening a new sales and engineering design office in Stillwater, Okla. Although some of Monitor’s related business activities have been taking place in Oklahoma since early this year, the company said Wednesday that the new office is officially open. It offers customers product design and engineering

MarineMax and Nautique combine for Georgia event


MarineMax and Nautique partnered for an event last weekend called Ride Into Summer, which took place June 16 and 17 at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds on Lake Oconee in Georgia. “We had such a great turnout. It was amazing to see everyone wakesurfing and wakeboarding behind the innovative Nautique models,” MarineMax general manager Jeff Ellis said

Announcing Boaters University’s Marine Diesel Maintenance Course Series


Soundings magazine and Active Interest Media are launching the first in a series of online boating education courses. Beginning in July, Boaters University will launch its first course “Maintaining and Troubleshooting Marine Diesel Engines.” Early-bird registration is available now for the course, offering a $50 discount now through July 15. Use the special coupon code