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Oct. 13, 2008 – PWC Digest

Survey: PWC sales slip more than 40 percent

If it’s not obvious the economy is taking its toll on the powersports market, consider a recent article in a boating trade publication. According to the story, penned by Statistical Surveys’ Aarn Rosen, August sales of all fiberglass boats declined by nearly 43 percent, including a 41 percent dip in the PWC market. The data was drawn from 27 key states.
“The August results exemplify the challenging economic environment the marine industry is confronting,” Rosen stated.

Coast Guard recognizes Sea-Doo

It’s been public for only a short time, but Sea-Doo’s new Intelligent Brake and Reverse (iBR) system has already gotten a nod from the U.S Coast Guard Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety. The office recently recognized Sea-Doo manufacturer BRP with its Boating Safety Award for the company’s commitment to improving boating safety.
“The braking capability of this new design is not just an evolutionary improvement but a revolutionary improvement to the safety of these vessels,” stated Capt. Mark Rizzo, chief of the Coast Guard Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety.
According to several industry insiders Powersports Business spoke with, the addition of the braking system comes with a certain degree of responsibility for the manufacturer. Apparently, once it is demonstrated that a craft could be made safer with such an addition, failing to provide the braking system on future models could open up the company to some degree of liability.

WaterTop confirms fall HydroDrag

WaterTop Unlimited has confirmed the RIVA Racing HydroDrag Fall Nationals, a continuation of the drag-racing concept the company introduced this past spring. Scheduled to take place the weekend of Nov. 15-16, the event is expected to attract a growing audience for drag racing. The HydroDrag will be run in conjunction with the Route 1 Motorsports Poker Run in nearby Sebastian Inlet. psb

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