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State's boating industry riding crest of high sales


As far as the eye can see, boats are lined up, bow to stern, along an assembly line in Tiara Yachts' Holland plant. On a recent visit, the company's 700 employees were working mostly on a row of 42-foot Tiara Opens, floating palaces that sell for $540,000 -- a model recently named the "Best of the Best" by Robb Report magazine. But the storage parking lot is nearly empty. That's exactly how Dave Northrop likes it. It means boats are selling quickly and inventory isn't stacking up, said the vice president of sales and marketing. And it also means jobs for West Michigan.   more...


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