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Bridgeport Marine adds Heyday to Power Lineup
Houlton, WI – General Manager Frank Carpenter announced that Brideport Marine has added the Heyday Wakeboat models to it’s line of recreational watercraft. Carpenter says that Bridgeport unveiled the partnership at the Minneapolis Boat Show in January and sold several units. They will be stocking the WT-2DC and the WT-Surf models in the Heyday brand. Bridgeport, in conjunction with Heyday, has onwater demo days upcoming this summer including a mid-June event featuring pro wake surfer Dylan Miller. That event is scheduled at the Beach House Marina in Bayport, MN. Check their website for more details.

Premier Marine Insurance Expands Into Great Lakes Area
Saan Diego, CA – Premier Marine Insurance has announced that they have expanded into the Great Lakes area including the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan. Premier is known in the marine insurance market for it’s aggressive rate structure and it’s unique policy language which can offer boat owners broader coverage with very few exclusions. According to Elizabeth Robertson, National Director of the company’s Recreational Marine division, “ Premier offers policy language that affords coverage of basic marine perils, regardless of cause.Where many marine policies contain absolute exclusion clauses, we offer exclusive coverage features not seen in other policy products.” Coverage for things like vermin damage and marine life damage, even damage caused by freezing is automatically covered on a limited basis. Robertson also says that the company is seeking qualified distribution partners in the form of agencies and agents. More options for the local boat owner. Premier Marine is a recreational marine specialist providing marine insurance solutions for over 30 years in North America.

Marine Specialties Expands Indoor Heated Storage Facilities
Red Wing, MN – Marine Specialties of Red Wing has announced a major expansion to their heated indoor storage capability. Due to the large call for indoor heated boat storage, Marine Specialties will be adding 12,000 square feet of heated indoor boat storage in addition to the 28,000 square feet of heated indoor storage they currently offer. Their new heated facility will be ready for the 2019- 2020 winter season.

Boaters Outlet
Maplewood, MN – Boaters Outlet, the Twin Cities store for everything boating has completed its move to their new location at 2000 Rice St. in Maplewood. Glenn Kloskin, owner of Boaters Outlet told me that they had outgrown their facility on County Rd. C in Roseville. Kloskin believes that the new Maplewood location will offer more room for storage and offer customers a better shopping experience. Boaters Outlet opened it’s doors in 1960 (on Rice St., very near their new location) and has been serving the local boating community admirably ever since.

Washburn Marina Technicians Training on Electric Code Compliance
Washburn, WI – In response to the newly enforced National Electric Code, Michelle Schrider of Washburn Marina has announced their service technicians are taking training classes on dealing with boats that have a ‘tripping’ problem. New regulations require that in marinas, the maximum amount of ungrounded current allowed before the breaker will trip at the pedestal be 30 milliamps. This requires marinas to limit ground faults at the pedestal. On a boat, ungrounded current turns into stray current in the water which poses a sfaety hazard. By getting your boat into proper electrical order, you are safer and not presenting a danger to others around you. Technicians at Wasburn will now be able to troubleshoot and solve the issue efficiently.