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Feb. 12, 2007 – PWC Report

February 12, 2007
Filed under Features

BRP celebrates Sea-Doo No. 1 million
BRP and its Valcourt, Quebec, employees recently celebrated their one millionth Sea-Doo watercraft to leave the assembly line, a 2007 Sea-Doo RXT model powered by a Rotax 4-TEC engine.
The Sea-Doo brand has been the industry leader for almost 20 years.
“BRP has always been at the forefront of the industry thanks to our employees’ dedication to developing and manufacturing high-quality products,” said Yves Leduc, vice-president and general manager, snowmobiles, watercraft, ATVs and sport boats for BRP. “Over the years, the company has introduced new technologies to improve safety and decrease noise and emissions for its watercraft. These are just a few of the reasons more people are discovering the excitement of riding on the open water aboard a Sea-Doo watercraft.”
Two-Stroke Ban Defeated In Montana
The American Watercraft Association, along with supporting dealers and members, proved to be instrumental in helping table a planned statewide two-stroke ban in Montana.
“When somebody tries to pass off misrepresentations and exaggerations as the truth, they’re no longer in the debate. They’re fair game for a dose of honesty,” said AWA Executive Director Chris Manthos. “The truth is what won the day in Montana.”
The bill, known as SB-24, would have made Montana the first state to impose an all-out ban on conventional two-strokes on public waters. The AWA encourages PWC enthusiasts to fight for the freedom to ride by staying on top of potential legislation issues at www.awahq.org.
Havasu Stadium One Step Closer to Reality
The proposed PWC stadium and training area on the shores of Lake Havasu edged one step closer to reality after the city council approved initial plans at a recent meeting.
The council has now asked city staff to look into possibilities for the site. Plan supporters have suggested a number of areas, including the popular Body Beach.
Still, hurdles remain. Havasu Mayor Mark Nexsen noted the initial approval is not a firm commitment to the park. The city also is reportedly still unsure about what exactly supporters are asking them to provide. “I want to know what is expected from the city,” Nexsen told Havasu’s News Herald. “Because I heard (the organizers) say — and maybe I misunderstood — I heard them say there would be no cost to the city. But I also heard them say they want the city to provide the land.” psb

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