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Boat Noodle teams up with foodpanda Brunei

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ONLINE food delivery service foodpanda is partnering with Boat Noodle at Little Soho, Batu Besurat.

Nabil Ibrahim, Sales and Marketing Manager of foodpanda Brunei said at a press meeting, the partnership ensures the restaurant’s speciality in Thai food is now available for delivery to homes in Brunei Darussalam.

Syazwi Sharif, Boat Noodle’s co-founder, said the restaurant brings Thailand street food for local patrons.

Rashdan Marzuki, co-founder of Boat Noodle added, they offer dishes such as Kuey Teow Ruer, which is commonly known as Boat Noodle that originates from the floating markets of Ayutthaya.

Recently a kiosk opened at Times Square, a sister company of Boat Noodle called ChillChill offering 20 selections of drinks.

Representatives from foodpanda and Boat Noodle in a group photo with foodpanda mascot. – BAHYIAH BAKIR

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Behind Pending Sale of Sea Ray, A Few Hints As to Why, None As To What Next

The Sea Ray boat plant in Flagler Beach employs about 420 people. (© FlaglerLive)

In its latest annual report, Brunswick Corp., owner of Sea Ray Boats, whose manufacturing plant employs upward of 400 people off Colbert Lane in Flagler Beach, had stated: “We believe that our brands, including Mercury, Life Fitness, Sea Ray, Boston Whaler and Lund, significantly contribute to our success, and that maintaining and enhancing these brands is important to expanding our customer base.”

Months later, the Lake Forest, Ill.-based company announced it planned to sell Sea Ray–and just Sea Ray—from among the 15 brands that make up the company’s boat group. (Meridian Yachts is a division of Sea Ray, so Meridian’s plant in Knoxville, Tenn., is also affected.)

There’d been no hint of any issues with the boat division in the company’s previous reports other than notes of disappointment in its third quarter results, which it summed up as “Manufacturing inefficiencies, including costs related to the hurricane preparation and recovery efforts.” But that wasn’t Sea Ray’s fault so much as Irma’s. Third quarter results had also noted “unfavorable changes in sales mix” in the entire boat division. But the company does not appear to be strapped for cash. It has a debt-equity ratio of 28.3 percent and a market capitalization of nearly $5 billion. Its share price hit an all-time high of $63 in July. It’s not far from that now.

In a press release issued on Dec. 5, Mark Schwabero, the company’s chairman and chief executive officer, said the decision to sell “was made after careful consideration, and reflects the evolving contribution that the Sea Ray brand has made to our marine portfolio.” It was not so much an explanation as a restatement.

But a note in a Securities and Exchange filing the same day was less cryptic and perhaps more worrisome for the future of Sea Ray, as it suggested a darkening outlook for the division. The sale was authorized, the company stated, “as a result of, among other things, a change in strategic direction and a review of the expected future cash flows, market conditions and business trends.”

And a presentation to investors the company prepared in conjunction with its announcement included a slide that showed its 10-year teand, going back to 2007, of diminishing sales in some of its manufactured boats portfolio and increasing sales in outboard engines, “propulsion technologies, parts and accessories.” The illustrations it chose for its presentation told a story of their own. They featured an engine, a propeller, a fitness gym (the company also has a substantial fitness division), and only the back of a boat, the focus of the illustration being more on a man catching a swordfish than on the boat itself.

The 2016 annual report had also noted another issue that may be contributing to Brunswick’s decision: “Hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, storms and catastrophic natural or environmental disasters could disrupt our distribution channel, operations or supply chain and decrease consumer demand,” the report noted. “If such an event occurs near our business, manufacturing facilities or key suppliers’ facilities, business operations and/or operating systems could be interrupted. We could be uniquely affected by a catastrophic event due to the location of certain of our boat facilities in coastal Florida and the size of the manufacturing operation in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.” Such statements are the routine stuff of annual reports, weighing in more as disclaimers than predictors. Perhaps the disruptions of two hurricanes in two successive years took a toll, as reflected in the report’s note about lost manufacturing days locally.

Still, public documents or the company’s December release did not explain why Sea Ray was being singled out in a boat group that had net sales of $1.37 billion in 2016 (up from $1.27 billion in 2015) and employed 5,000, up from 4,500 the previous year.

And the additional statement Schwabero was quoted as making in the release only begged the question further regarding the company’s motives to sell: “We believe that the Sea Ray business, through its leading brand and exciting product line, offers attractive value creation opportunities to a new owner,” he said. “Sea Ray is an iconic brand that is rich with history, with a reputation for craftsmanship, quality and styling. Sea Ray’s manufacturing facilities are among the most advanced in the marine industry, with talented and dedicated workforces.”

The pending sale has naturally left local officials wondering what comes next. “Depends on who’s buying and what their intentions are,” said Rick Belhumeur, a Flagler Beach city commissioner. “If they plan to keep the Sea Ray boat brand and not try to change things, I doubt the operations at our Flagler County assembly plant will change.” And while the company asserts that little is changing at Sea Ray itself, that certainty is out of its hands once the sale is executed, according to the company’s plans, in early 2018.

The company expects to record a loss loss and resulting charge in connection with the sale of these businesses. Brunswick bought Sea Ray–when it was known as Ray Industries–in 1986 for $350 million. Brunswick at the time had ended its last fiscal year with profits of $100 million on sales of $1.54 billion. It ended 2016 with profits of $409 million on sales of $4.49 billion.

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Perini Navi to build 25.5m hybrid super tender

The resulting super tender design inherits the Perini Navi style with graceful looks and comfortable interiors. Her lines come courtesy of the Italian yard’s in-house head of design, Franco Romani and the high bulwarks mean that guests will be able to step straight onto the mothership.

Accommodation is for up to six guests split between three staterooms, including a full-beam VIP suite, a double cabin and a bunk bed cabin, while the compact crew quarters can accommodate two people. Key features include a contemporary interior décor and a sunken foredeck seating area, which allows the owner to pursue his other passions of bird watching and nature photography.

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DIY packraft offers outdoors enthusiasts an affordable, lightweight boat – The Spokesman

If you have enviously eyed the packable but expensive Alpacka packrafts made in Alaska – but just couldn’t commit to the $600-$2,500 price tag – there’s good news.

A 37-year-old British Columbia engineer has designed similar boats out of lightweight materials that he will cut for you. For a much more modest price – ranging from $129 to $280 depending on the kit – and an investment in sweat equity, you can now build your own packraft for a fraction of what an Alpacka would set you back.

Matt Pope, of Smithers, B.C., came up with the idea for DIY packraft after enduring similar envy. A geoscientist who also has mechanical engineering training, he doggedly set out in 2015 to create his own boat.

“My best friend and I designed and built sea kayaks when we were 15 and 16, but aside from that, this is my first outdoor gear,” he wrote in an email.

Pope grew up on the West Coast where his family always kept a canoe at the lake next to their house.

“Later, I got into sea kayaking and sailing, and as soon as I was heavy enough I started windsurfing, so I guess I’ve always been drawn to the water,” he wrote. “My family was into hiking, too, and in college I joined an alpine club and started mountaineering. Packrafting ties all these threads together.”

On his website, Pope noted that he spent “hundreds of hours researching, testing materials, and designing and building prototypes” until finally finding a design that he liked. Using 3-D modeling software he devised a boat that uses heat sealing to join the pieces, saving weight yet still maintaining strength.

Deciding that others may be in the same financial fix, he started his website and began selling packraft kits.

“It’s a pretty niche market, so nearly all of my customers find out about the DIY packraft option through the website, or by word of mouth,” he wrote. “A lot of them are like me – they want a packraft but they can’t justify spending $1,000 on something they might only use a few times a year, so they’re looking online for a cheaper alternative that won’t sacrifice safety or functionality, and that’s when they stumble across”

He won’t disclose the number of sales, but pinpoints on a website map shows that DIY has shipped a lot of boats to Europe, with scattered sales on several other continents including South America and Australia.

To ensure his product stands up to the rigors of the real world, Pope has packed his boat into the trunk of his car for paddling if he’s ever near a lake or river. He takes it on day hikes because it only adds a few pounds to his load.

“It’s fun to paddle in alpine lakes where there’s a good chance no one has ever paddled before,” he wrote.

He’s packed his boat along on multiday backpacking trips, as well.

“It opens up new route possibilities by changing water from an obstacle into a highway,” he wrote. “There’s a 300-mile trip I’ve been planning for years, and that’s what prompted me to start making packrafts. If I ever get to the point where I can take two months off of work, that’s what I’ll be doing.”

He also uses his boat for what he calls bike rafting.

“A packraft eliminates the need for a shuttle, because you can pack it into a bicycle bag for riding on roads and trails, and then strap your bike over the bow when you’re on the water. I’m lucky enough to live in a scenic valley where I can ride for half an hour to the next town and then spend four hours floating home in class 1 to 3 whitewater.”

Although he admits he’s not much of a whitewater paddler yet, he also likes to take his packraft into the ocean surf to play. And he has a friend who is waiting for him to make a moose boat, one large enough for a hunter to float a big animal out of the backcountry. He said that design is in the works.

It will take time, though, because right now DIY packraft is a one-man operation based in Pope’s basement. He’d like to see the business grow to where it’s a full-time gig that allowed him to quit his day job, which can take him away from home for weeks.

“If I ever hire an employee, that will be a landmark occasion,” he wrote.

After reading this far, you may be wondering if you have the skills to pull off a boat build. Here’s what Pope had to say about that:

“There’s nothing particularly difficult about it and no special skills are needed, but it does take about 20 hours to complete a kit, so a bit of patience and a willingness to follow instructions are required. There’s no sewing involved – the heat sealable fabrics are welded together with a mini iron, and there’s a bit of gluing here and there. Anyone who enjoys a hobby like woodworking or fly tying or sewing or making model airplanes is more than qualified. It doesn’t have to be a solitary pastime though – I’ve had interest from Scout troops, paddling clubs, and groups of friends who want a fun winter project to work on together over beers. To promote that kind of thing, I offer a discount on group orders over $500.”

Several videos help buyers build their boat and Pope even shows how to build your own iron for sealing the seams.

Just in time for Christmas, you may want to put one of these on your list. Heck, at this price maybe you can afford two.

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Title: Everglades Boats and FFMD Announce Winner of the 243cc Raffle

Everglades and FFMD joined forces earlier this year to give one lucky winner a chance to own a 2017 Everglades 243cc for as little as $100. Interested supporters bought $100 raffle tickets for a chance at winning the brand new boat. Raffle ticket sales generated more than $200,000 with proceeds going to benefit FFMD and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) in their efforts to increase awareness of muscle disease and to support research for Muscular Dystrophy. The winner was pulled at the Washington DC MDA Muscle Team Gala in November.

Learn About Another Good Cause Everglades Raised Money For

Everglades dealers nationwide worked extremely hard all year long to sell thousands of tickets – ultimately the winner was Matt Montgomery of Ormond Beach. The Everglades team couldn’t be prouder to see FFMD represented locally.
“We’d like to extend our most sincere congratulations to Matt Montgomery and his family. We are so proud to be partnered with such an incredible cause and hope the boat brings the Montgomery family lots of joy for years to come” Said Bryan Harris, VP of Sales and Marketing.

The 243cc with Yamaha 300 4-stroke – Everglades’ best-selling model – will include a hard top, upper second station, twin lifting platforms, an Amera-Trail Aluminum Trailer, and a Sign Zoo Wrap (to be provided new for the winner). In addition, the boat will include state-of-the-art electronics, a top-of-the-line fishing package, and Everglades’ premium lighting package, amidst countless other features.

About Everglades Boats

For 16 years, Everglades Boats has led the industry with their premier line of luxury center console fishing boats. Known for their patented RAMCAP hull design, functional fishibility, and innovative features, the Florida-based company has continued to disrupt the market with innovative designs, unmatched quality, and a warranty that can’t be beat. For more information about Everglades Boats or to find a dealer near you, visit

About Fishing for Muscular Dystrophy

Fishing for Muscular Dystrophy was created in 2015 by Paul Robertson. The team’s mission is to raise funds to help fund treatments and research to find a cure for Muscular Dystrophy. Profits from tournament winnings are donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. For more information about the FFMD team, visit

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Retailers are understaffing stores — and losing sales

Dive Brief:

  • Retailers are losing customers fast as frustration builds when store associates are nowhere to be found. A third of customers who experienced a problem at apparel stores were not able to locate sales help, and 6% of all possible sales are lost because of lack of service, according to a report from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management emailed to Retail Dive. 

  • In a study of one apparel chain, researchers found the retailer was achieving 85%-95% of potential sales with its staffing levels and determined that basing staffing on past sales was missing the boat because that didn’t take into account lost sales due to understaffing.

  • Sloan researchers developed a data-driven method to determine optimal staffing levels, using aggregate labor requirements from traffic, point-of-sale and labor data across stores with similar attributes like store format, product mix and market demographics. That could increase sales by some 10%, achieving closer to 99% of sales, according to the report.  

Dive Insight:

Retailers with physical stores still have a decided advantage, especially in apparel where many consumers still want to see, touch and try on the merchandise as well as get help from associates before immediately taking home items. But it’s not much of an advantage if stores can’t deliver top customer service or manage their merchandise and store experiences — activities dependent on having enough workers on hand.

With store staffing more important than ever yet one of the biggest expenses for retailers, researchers, led by visiting professor Rogelio Oliva, said in the report that they have developed a platform to achieve optimal staffing levels.

Traditionally, staffing decisions depend on store budget allocation, matching a constant ratio of expected store sales to the number of store associates. But that ignores how retail sales are also affected by store traffic, not just past sales, potentially leading to labor-to-traffic mismatches. When scheduled labor is unable to meet customer traffic flows, sales suffer, and that’s especially crucial at the holidays, Oliva said in a statement.

Anticipating traffic, however, is tricky for retailers, which in the past have relied on “just in time” scheduling — keeping staff on call to come in during unanticipated rushes and sending them hope during lulls. But that practice has come under fire. Though such scheduling policies seem to be a way to save money, they’re not necessarily saving sales.

“The ability to efficiently match store labor with incoming customer traffic is crucial, especially during the holidays when stores expect increased traffic and often rely on year-end sales,” Oliva said. “But optimizing staffing levels is very challenging, as retail environments are characterized by volatile store traffic, which makes it difficult to provide consistent service quality.”

Boosting staffing levels generated enough incremental sales to offset the increased labor costs — to a point — the researchers found. There’s a limit to the number of staff that can be added before stores reach a point of diminishing returns. The goal is to use data to find a “sweet spot” in the ratio of sales people to customers.

“The big takeaway is that retailers need to move past the inclination to minimize cost by understaffing stores because it has a big impact on profitability,” Oliva said. “They could be generating a lot more sales if they staff at the correct level. Stores should staff to maximize sales and profit, not to minimize cost.”

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Boating Industry names 2017 Top 100

Boating Industry announced the 2017 Top 100 dealers at a black tie gala Dec. 13 in Orlando.

“From the thousands of dealers in North America – and hundreds of nominations – these 100 dealers are the best of the best,” said Top 100 Program Director Jonathan Sweet. “These dealers excel not only at the business of selling boats, but also delivering a great customer experience.”

The Top 100 is the only independent ranking of boat dealers in North America.

The list recognizes dealerships that are unsurpassed in business operations, professionalism, marketing tactics, customer service and more. The Boating Industry Top 100 has recognized the top dealers in North America every year since 2005.

“As the Boating Industry Top 100 celebrates its 13th year, the dealers on the list are stronger than they have been since before the Great Recession,” Sweet said. “The Top 100 and Hall of Fame topped $3 billion in total revenue in 2016, surpassing last year’s total by more than $400 million.”

With that growth also came increasingly tough competition to make the list, added Tim Hennagir, editor of Boating Industry.

OneWater Marine Holdings was named as the 2017 Dealer of the Year.

“After capturing Dealer of the Year honors last year, OneWater Marine Holdings hardly rested on its laurels,” Sweet said.

In 2016 alone, the company acquired five new dealerships – and 10 locations – to its holdings, with more in 2017.


All five members of the Top 100 Hall of Fame were honored at the Top 100 Gala, including Gordy’s Lakefront Marine, Legendary Marine, Prince William Marine Sales, Galati Yacht Sales and MarineMax.

Boating Industry also recognized eight other companies with special “Best in Class” awards, for companies that particularly excelled in one area of their business.

  • Best Boat Show Strategy – Lake Union Sea Ray, Seattle, Wash.
  • Best Customer Service – Port Harbor Marine, South Portland, Maine
  • Best Events – Oak Hill Marine, Arnolds Park, Iowa
  • Most Innovative Dealer – Futrell Marine, Nashville, Ark.
  • Best Training Benefits – Legend Boats, Whitefish, Ontario
  • Best Marketing – Pride Marine Group, Bracebridge, Ontario
  • Best New Idea – Clark Marine, Manchester, Maine
  • Best Service Department – Off Shore Marine, Branchville, New Jersey

As in past years, the Top 20 members of the Top 100 were ranked, with the remaining 80 being recognized as Top 100 dealers.

For complete coverage of the 2017 Top 100, be sure to check out the January 2018 issue of Boating Industry.

The Boating Industry Top 100 is sponsored by the Leadership Alliance: Wells Fargo Commercial Distribution Finance, Manheim Specialty Auctions, Volvo Penta, Sunbrella Marine, Brunswick Dealer Advantage, the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

The complete Top 100:

Dealership Name
OneWater Marine Holdings
The Sail Ski Center
Russell Marine
Alexander City
Seattle Boat Company
Pride Marine Group Ltd
Port Harbor Marine
South Portland
Strong’s Marine
MP Mercury Sales Ltd
Parks Marina
Bosun’s Marine
Quality Boats of Tampa Bay
Action Water Sports
BMC Boats

Marine Connection
West Palm Beach
Oak Hill Marina
Arnolds Park
Irwin Marine – NH
Laconia, New Hampshire
New Hampshire
Regal Nautique of Orlando
Hagadone Marine Group
Coeur d’Alene
Texas Marine
Buckeye Sports Center

Alberta Marine Auto Ltd.

Angler’s Choice Marine

Atlantic Outboard, Inc.

Atwood Lake Boats, Inc.
Mineral City

Austin Boats and Motors

Bent Marine

Blue Springs Marine
Blue Springs

Boat Town, Inc

Boaters Exchange

Boulder Boats

Breath’s Boats Motors
Bay St. Louis

Buckeye Marine

Buster’s Marine
Broad Channel

Candlewood East Marina Club

Causeway Marine Sales, LLC

Charlotte Ski Boats

Chessie Marine Sales, Inc.

Clark Marine

Clemons Boats

Cleveland Boat Center

Colorado Boat Center

Deep Creek Marina LLC

Desmasdon’s Boat Works
Pointe au Baril

Dockside Marine

Don’s Marine, LLC

Dry Dock Marine Center

FB Marine Group
Pompano Beach

Futrell Marine

Gage Marine
Williams Bay

George’s Marine Sports

Gordon Bay Marine Ltd

Gregg Orr Marine
Hot Springs

Hampton Watercraft and Marine
Hampton Bays
New York

Hoffmaster’s Marina, Inc

Lake Union Sea Ray

Lakeside Motor Sports

Legend Boats

Lodder’s Marine

Lynnhaven Marine
Virginia Beach

Maple City Marine LTD.

Marine Center of Indiana

Marine Sales Group, Inc.

Marine Specialties Boat Sales Service

Mark’s Marine Inc.

Miami Nautique International

Munson Ski Marine
Round Lake

Nautical Ventures Group
Dania Beach

Ocean House Marina
Rhode Island

Ocean Marine Group, Inc.
Ocean Springs

Off Shore Marine, Inc.
New Jersey

Omaha Marine Center

Orleans Boat World Sports

Paris Marine Ltd.

Payne Marine Ltd
Pointe au Baril

Plantation Boat Mart

Rayburns Marine

Reed’s Marine, Inc

River Valley Power Sport-Inc
Red Wing

Sea Ray of Cincinnati/Louisville

Shipyard Marine
Green Bay

Short’s Marine, Inc.

Silver Spray Sports, Inc.

Skier’s Marine Inc.

Slalom Shop Boats and Yachts

South Florida Mastercraft
Boynton Beach

Spicer’s Boat City
Houghton Lake

Spring Brook Marina, Inc.

Starboard Marinas / The Harbor

Superior Boat Repair Sales
Rancho Cordova

Table Rock Boats
Kimberling City

Taylor’s South Shore Marina

The Boat House Group
Cape Coral

The Boat Shop

The Great Outdoors Marine

The Sportsman
San Benito

Tobler Marina

Vallely Sport Marine

Wakeside Marine, LLC

Watercraft Sales

Wayzata Marine, Inc.

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Boat numbers reported down 20 percent on lake

WILLIAMS BAY — If this year’s boat count is correct, about 1,100 fewer vessels were sailing on Geneva Lake this year.

The Geneva Lake Environmental Agency and the Water Safety Patrol have conducted boat censuses for the past 40 years.

The 2016 boat census was one of the highest totals ever counted in the census, with 5,598 vessels totaled.

This year’s count came to 4,464 — a decrease of 20 percent.

But Ted Peters, director of the Williams Bay-based agency, said that the count may be lower because it was taken Sept. 9, which is later than usual.

“The significant decrease is most likely due to the count being conducted in the early part of September when many residents have removed their boats for the winter,” Peters wrote in his report on the count.

The 4,464 total boats is one of the lowest counts since the late 1980s, Peters said.

Reports from the public boat launches in Lake Geneva and the town of Linn, however, do not indicate a drop-off in boats for summer 2017.

While the municipalities do not count individual boats, they do count the dollars from boat launch fees, which are based on the size of boats.

Blaine Oborn, Lake Geneva city administrator, said boat launch fee collections did not go down precipitously from last year — and actually edged up slightly.

He said the total launch fees collected for 2016 was $33,176, and for 2017 it was $33,487.

“We’re not seeing a significant drop,” Oborn said.

Sue Polyock, clerk/treasurer for town of Linn, said that the town’s two public launches brought in more in 2017, although she cautioned that launch fees were increased by as much as $3 depending on the size of the boat.

No drop-off

Total fees collected for 2016 were $80,007, Polyock said. The total collected in 2017 was $98,376.

“I don’t see a drop-off in use,” Polyock said.

While Gage Marine did not report any numbers, a representative of the Williams Bay boat dealer and operator said the company detected no decline in activity.

“We didn’t notice a drop-off in business,” sales representative Courtney Blackwell said. “We didn’t see people pulling their boats out of the water early, either.”

If anything, business improved this year over the past summer, she said.

“I feel like it’s been getting better,” she said.

The annual census reported by GLEA categorized boats as motor, sail, personal watercraft and others. Personal watercraft includes jet skis and wave runners. Other includes kayaks, canoes, rowboats and paddle boards.

Motorboats again accounted for the largest lake presence, at 2,974 boats, or 67 percent of the total.

The second largest group were kayaks, canoes, rowboats and paddle boards, at 699, or 16 percent. Personal watercraft accounted for 456 vessels, 10 percent, and sailboats had a count of 335, 6 percent.

During the past 15 years, the number of boats counted have averaged about 5,000 a year.

Also different this year than in past years was the inclusion of empty slips and buoys in the count. A total of 603 empty buoys and slips were counted for 2017.

Peters said he wanted to count the vacant mooring spaces because the number of empty slips seems to have increased over the past few years.

Peters said the annual boat count was conducted more than a week late this year.

“I try to do it before Labor Day,” he said. “Once Labor Day is done, people tend to pull their boats out of the water and go home.”

Intern left early

However, the census got pushed back because the GLEA’s summer student intern had to leave early.

“So, I had to pick up the things he was doing,” Peters said.

Peters said he had students from George Williams College and two members of the water patrol staff helping out.

Of the four persons doing the counting, each one took a particular class of vessel to count to prevent confusion, he said.

The census started at 9 a.m. and was completed the same day by 1 p.m.

He said the weather was nice but there were few boats on the lake. Most of the boats counted were either docked or already out of the lake in storage.

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