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New Malibu 21 MLX Watersports Towboat Delivers Best-in-Class Performance and Value—Comes Well-Equipped for …

LOUDON, Tenn., Jan. 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Malibu Boats, Inc. (NASDAQ:MBUU), has unveiled its spacious new 21 MLX watersports towboat, packed with best-in-class quality, performance, luxury and value for just $82,995.

The global leader in watersports towboat sales, Malibu has factories in Loudon, Tenn., and North Albury, New South Wales, Australia. Each Malibu boat features cutting-edge engineering, meticulous craftsmanship, impeccable quality and an industry-best Full Factory Five-Year Warranty on the powertrain, components, interiors, upholstery and trailers. Malibu is renowned worldwide for its innovative wake and wave-making technologies, designed to deliver an unequaled rider experience for family and friends.

The new 21 MLX seats up to 14 and features a roomy pickle-fork bow for up-front lounging. An incredible Malibu value, the 21 MLX includes the revolutionary Integrated Surf Platform.

I.S.P.™ incorporates an array of patented innovations, such as Surf Gate, Power Wedge II, Surf Band, Wake Plus Hull, Hard Tank Ballast System and the Viper II Command Center with 12-inch touchscreen.

Together, these proprietary features give customers unmatched wake and surf wave creation and customization capabilities, ensuring that the on-water experience for wakesurfers and wakeboarders is tailored to the ability of every rider.

Each Malibu 21 MLX has plush, hand-sewn upholstery, premium carpeting and luxury appointments. Designed with the customer in mind, the cabin features abundant storage that is both deep and accessible, ensuring that gear and equipment are out of the way.

Foot-for-foot, the 21 MLX’s ergonomic cockpit is deeper, wider and more spacious than any other competitor in the 21-foot class. For the same room in a competitor’s boat, customers would need to purchase the next size up. Similarly, the helm seat is deeper at the leg, back and posterior angles, and the seat is firmly affixed to a four-point base mount for added stability.

The Viper II Command Center offers fingertip control on the crystal-clear 12-inch and 7-inch touchscreen controls, with an intuitive menu that is simple to navigate. Control all ballast and surf settings with the tap of a finger, manage the MultiZone Audio speaker volume or utilize the time-saving one-touch Go Home system to drain all ballast, disengage Surf Gate, stow Power Wedge II and deactivate cruise control.

The 21 MLX also comes standard with the G3.5 tower with speakers and board racks, bimini top, canvas cover and custom matching trailer. It’s powered by a 6.2L Monsoon engine with 410 foot-pounds of torque.

Malibu trailers are specifically engineered to accommodate the clearance, size and weight of each boat for ideal performance, handling and weight distribution. Every trailer is handcrafted by Malibu with the highest quality materials and leading-edge manufacturing processes, built with premium industry-standard steel for all frame parts and clean, consistent welds.

Integrated Surf Platform Comes Standard

Standard on the 21 MLX, Malibu’s state-of-the-art Integrated Surf Platform includes Power Wedge II, Surf Gate and Surf Band. I.S.P. wake enhancement technologies enable customers to easily modify the size, length and shape of wakes and surf waves to accommodate riders of every skill level, from beginner to advanced.

The Power Wedge II hydrofoil augments the 21 MLX’s internal Hard Tank Ballast System by adding up to 1,500 additional pounds of simulated wake and wave-creating capabilities with the tap of a finger, while Surf Gate shapes the wake into a clean, surfable wave on either side of the boat. And with the Surf Band wrist remote, riders can control wake and surf settings, boat speed and tower speaker volume, right from the water.

Meanwhile, the deep Wake Plus Hull delivers a stable, sway-free ride, with precision tracking and agile handling. Backed by a Limited Lifetime Warranty, the Wake Plus Hull is engineered to generate a large, clean wake for maximum on-water fun.

“The 21 MLX is packed with standard features such as I.S.P., bimini, cover and custom trailer for best-in-class value and performance,” said Eric Bondy, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Malibu Boats. “With the roomy pickle-fork bow, it offers plenty of space for family and friends, and at 21 feet, it is easy to launch, trailer and tow.”

See the all-new 21 MLX at your local Malibu dealer today.

About Malibu Boats

Founded in 1982 with headquarters in Loudon, Tenn., Malibu Boats, Inc., is the world’s #1 manufacturer of watersports towboats. Malibu also designs and manufactures Axis Wake Research—together, the two brands control 50% of the worldwide inboard boat market through a global dealer network. In 2017, Malibu acquired Cobalt Boats, the leader in stern drive boats and growing in other segments. Malibu Boats, Inc., has four locations worldwide, including facilities in Tennessee and California, Cobalt Boats in Kansas and Malibu Australia, employing more than 1,200 people in total. Malibu builds boats to help you live a #lifewithoutlimits on the water. [NASDAQ:MBUU] | @malibuboats | #thetruthisonthewater

Aaron Crecy

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Woman hoping to increase popularity of electric boats

WITH the rise of electric cars, more people are starting to consider more environmentally friendly ways to travel.

Companies such as Tesla, Toyota and Kawasaki have made huge strides in bringing fully electric vehicles to the road and track in recent years.

Now a Henley boat seller wants to bring the same approach to th Britain’s waterways.

E-boatique has been founded by Gillian Nahum, who already runs boat company Henley Sales Charter and has noticed a greater demand for electric vessels.

Her new company will import electric launches from abroad for both hire companies and private individuals, while also representing private vendors as eboat brokers.

Electric boats, which are virtually silent and require little maintenance, have been around since the mid-1800s but have only recently begun to grow in popularity.

Experts are predicting that electric boating willl be a $20 billion business by 2027, with several European cities including Amsterdam and Venice banning diesel-powered vessels.

Ms Nahum says she hopes the use of electric boats on our waterways will also take off as improvements are made to the infrastructure.

“Electric boats have been around for more than 100 years but the resistance has been the same as that to electric cars,” she says.

“People don’t like change and don’t understand the technology so would rather not bother.

“Progress has also been slow in installing electric charging points but the Environment Agency is behind us on this and knows it needs to make an effort. There are actually five charging points on the River Thames in this area but many people don’t know where they are, even some of the lock-keepers!”

Ms Nahum has been selling electric vessels through Henley Sales Charter for years but it was merely a sideline to the more traditional craft she is known for. She will launch the new business, which will focus exclusively on electric vehicles, at the London Boat Show, which will take place at the ExCel convention centre from Wednesday to Sunday next week.

The company is named after her former businesses Boatique, a shop in Friday Street, which sells nautical-themed clothing and accessories.

Ms Nahum opened the store in 2012 and sold it to businesswoman Juliet Campbell last year so she could concentrate on selling boats.

Now she has two companies aimed at slightly different markets.

Ms Nahum explains: “Henley Sales Charter is known for traditional boats, whereas E-boatique will be selling more cutting-edge models.

“There was an environmental consideration to E-boatique but I also didn’t want people to think Henley Sales Charter was going that way.”

Ms Nahum will be taking the E-boatique’s new flagship boat, a 27ft launch called Ferryman, to the London Boat Show.

The £50,000 vessel was made by Patterson Boatworks in the Lake District. It is made from cedar wood using the cold-moulding technique in which small layers of wood are stuck together with epoxy adhesive to create the larger skeleton.

Ms Nahum says: “Ferryman looks quite traditional in terms of styling but the construction was very modern. Patterson is a company we have already taken orders for and their products are beautifully handmade.

“We have always loved working with smaller companies as we like their charm and encouraging people with their skills.”

Ms Nahum was keen to work with other Henley companies on the new venture. Henley Technical Services, based in Green Lane, built Ferryman’s electric propulsion system, and much of the branding was done by Twenty One Twelve Marketing, which is based at Badgemore Park Golf Club.

The boat is named after Ferryman’s Gold, an award-winning beer made by the Loddon Brewery in Dunsden and Ms Nahum will be handing out bottles at the launch.

She attempted a “soft launch” of the business at the Southampton Boat Show in September and says interest in electric boats is on the rise.

She says: “We had an electric boat at the show which was flying an E-boatique flag.

“As a result we have already sold a couple of electric boats and we’ve had a very busy couple of months.

“One man came up to me at Southampton and said he was a Tesla driver so why would he have anything other than an electric boat?”

Ms Nahum, a former director of the Henley Business Partnership, says she hasn’t attended the London show for several years but believes it could be the perfect venue to launch E-boatique.

She says: “It has been probably nine years since I went in any capacity but to be there in our own right with our own branding is a first in many years. London was usually 10 days long and hugely expensive and there was a thought in the industry that it had lost its mojo.

“It had gone from being a large, popular show to quite a remote one at ExCel with a diminishing number of companies exhibiting.

“This year it has been rebranded and is shorter, which I think is a good thing as you need staff to live in London during it.

“Because lots of press go to the show, we thought that if we were going to launch a new company maybe this would be a good place to do it. We will give it a go and have the boat there. We will have information about Henley Sales Charter too but we are essentially talking about electric boats.”

E-boatique will not be the only Henley boat company to exhibit at the show.

Representatives of Hobbs of Henley will also be there handing out information about the company’s Henley Boat Club scheme, a luxury boat share initiative.

Owner Jonathan Hobbs will also be available to speak to visitors about boating holidays on the company’s motor cruisers and willl be handing out samples of Mr Hobbs gin, which the company launched last year thanks to Mr Hobbs’s wife Suzy, who is responsible for the company’s marketing.

Mr Hobbs says: “We have exhibited at Southampton before but this will be our first ever London Boat Show.

“We feel the new shape of the show, with an emphasis on inland boating, suits our offer and we are looking at taking on more Henley boat club members in 2018.

“The London show could introduce potential new ones to us.”

Meanwhile, Ms Nahum hopes that E-boatique can grow to become a hub for electric boat owners and she may even consider branching out into other kinds of electric vehicles.

She said: “I hope Eboatique will get big enough that it can have its own yard and showroom and become a go-to point for people who want to know more.

“As well as selling boats, we can also follow up with maintenance as we have lots of knowledge in this area through Henley Sales Charter director Stuart Roberts and Henley Technical Services.

“We want to have lots of up-to-date things like charging points and become a resource for electric boat owners.

“It’s possible that E-boatique can become a place not only to buy an electric boat but also other kinds of electric vehicles — that would be our ultimate aim.”

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Morris residents hosting dinner to benefit sick child; Hartford Boat Show returns Feb. 8-11; Kent library to hold …

MORRIS -Family, friends and neighbors in the greater Morris community are invited to the Morris Community Hall at 3 East St., Friday, Jan. 12, 5-7 p.m. for a dinner to benefit a two-year-old Morris boy who is battling a rare kidney disease. Greysen Gregory, who has been a patient at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford for the past several months, under the care of five Nephrologist specialists.

The dinner will feature an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord featuring homemade chili, soups, grilled cheese, lasagna, casseroles, mac ’n cheese, pizza, rolls, bread cornbread, hot cocoa coffee, and homemade desserts including whoopee pies. There will be door prizes, face painting, chance to win gifts and a children’s activity to make-a-card for Greysen. All proceeds of the dinner will support a fund opened by his father at Thomaston Savings Bank for the toddler’s medical and educational needs.

For information or tickets, call Jo Ann Jaacks at 860-567-4456. Volunteer servers and donations of food items are also greatly appreciated.

Hartford Boat Show returns for 49th year

HARTFORD — With Evinrude/BRP and Geico leading its fleet of sponsors and exhibitors, The 49th Hartford Boat Show (HBS2018) will be cruising into the Connecticut Convention Center Feb. 8-11. Presented by the Connecticut Marine Trades Association (CMTA), the event will feature over 400 watercraft and 125 exhibitors and is expected to draw over 14,000 visitors. Evinrude has been a lead sponsor of HBS2018 for over ten years, and this year, also joining Geico as new sponsors are the Connecticut Port Authority, Renewal by Andersen and Leaf Filter of CT.

Over 20 new exhibitors are joining HBS2018 including Cabela’s now merged with Bass Pro, Lake View Marine,Connor’s O’Brien Marine, Island Cove Marina, Essex Marine Group, North East Dock Sales, C D Underwater Maintenance, Air Chair, Boat Locker, Click Heat, NESS, Noank Village Boatyard, Port Milford, Maritime Insurance International, 64 Solar, and

Bay State Woodies is also a new exhibitor. As the Massachusetts chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society (ACBS), the group will be bringing three vintage wood boats including a notable 1932 Chris Craft.

Three boat lines will be appearing at HBS2018 for the first time. Beacon Point Marine will debut a Blackfin for fishing and leisure, Lake View Marine is bringing a new Larsen and Island Cove a Nordic Star.

More than 95 percent of HBS2018 exhibitors are Connecticut based companies, representing the vast scope of recreational boating in the state. Connecticut businesses from all regions of the state are participating, with the inland regions represented from Candlewood to Columbia, the shoreline from Noank to Norwalk and the Connecticut River Valley from Saybrook to Portland.

Welcome 2 Our Waters: Destination CT is a special new HBS2018 section sponsored by the Connecticut Port Authority, highlighting shoreside activities, communities and attractions that are destinations enhanced by their proximity to the waters of Connecticut. The arena will feature new exhibitors such as Thimble Island Brewery which will be hosting tastings, towns, chambers, other food and beverage locations and more.

Sponsored by Renewal by Andersen, the new Windows to the Future section will showcase students from Thompson Public School District’s boat building program constructing a small wood boat, boat building activities for kids,The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP), New England Science and Sailing, and Cedar Island Marine Research Lab. To support growth in the boat building trades in Connecticut, Renewal by Andersen is also donating to the Thompson program. Students from The Sound School of New Haven and several of the state’s technical school automotive departments will also participate in events in this new area.

At the always lively Happy Hour on Friday, Feb. 9, and throughout the HBS2018, visitors will enjoy live entertainment sponsored by Leaf Filter. Shore Side Docks is once again supporting The Paddler’s Paradise Demo Pool: an 800 square foot area on the second level of HBS2018 which will feature a full schedule of demonstrations of kayaks, stand up paddle boards and special paddling activities for adults and children. No Hartford Boat Show would be complete without its share of fun media personality appearances, and already scheduled are live remote radio broadcasts from HBS2018 for WUCS – ESPN Sports, WHCN- The River, and WWYZ – Country 92.5.

Tickets for The Hartford Boat Show are available at Pre-show online tickets are $10 and a multi-day pass is available at $18 which allows access to the show any two days. The Senior Skip’rs pass for February 9 is $8. Admission on-site at the Show will be $12. Children under 12 accompanied by an adult are free. Group sales for groups over 15 people may be arranged by contacting CMTA Show Staff at 860-767-2645.

The Hartford Boat Show will be open Thursday, Feb. 8 from 3-8 pm.; Friday, February 9 from 12-8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 10, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For schedule details and a full list of exhibitors, visit Follow new developments on Facebook at @CMTAboating, Twitter at @HartfordBoatSho and Instagram at ctmarinetrades.

Winter reading program under way

MORRIS — The Morris Public Library Winter Reading Program “Warm up with a Cozy Read”, which began Jan. 2 and runs through Feb. 28, offers a Reading Challenge to all patrons. Pick up a Winter Reading log at the Library or download it from Read or listen to a book of your choice and enter to win a prize basket. Separate logs are available for each age group and different prizes will be won by adults, teens and children. James Morris School students will be able to earn minutes towards their school-wide reading incentive.

No registration is required. For details, call 860-567-7440.

Library to hold Safe Sitter course

KENT — The Kent Memorial Library will offer a Certified Safe Sitter® Training Program for young adults grades 6 and up, Jan. 28, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. The Library is the only site in Northwest Connecticut to offer this training by Certified Safe Sitter® Trainers.

Becoming a Safe Sitter® means gaining confidence and learning how to handle situations that may happen on the job. Upon completing this training, the new certified babysitter will know how, why and where injuries happen so they can be prevented; how to get help if it is needed; how to keep safe when babysitting; how a child’s age affects how to care for them; how to prevent problem behavior; how to rescue a choking infant or child; and how to handle babysitting as a business.

The cost of the program is $20 which includes the Safe Sitter® Manual. Call the Library to register at 860-927-3761, email at
or stop in to sign up. The program is limited to 12 participants. Snacks will be served. Bring lunch.

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