William “Bill” J. Ek, who cut his teeth in the recreational boating business at his father’s shop and went on to build a career in sales and marketing for several boat companies over decades, died Aug. 1 in Shell Lake, Wis., at the age of 79.
Dealers around the country are saying business is clearly up, and they expect that 2015 is on track to beat 2014 results.
Celebrity endorsements are marketing gold, regardless of what you’re selling, including the boating lifestyle.
Just weeks after signing on for a second year of partnering with Discover Boating — and days before returning to a summer tour — country music artist Jake Owen was on the Cumberland River in Nashville, Tennessee, filming a promotional spot.
The marine industry was built on a foundation of mom-and-pop shops nurtured by the same families over generations.
The inaugural International Cruising Boat Expo, a show dedicated to cruising under power or sail, drew serious buyers to the small riverfront town of Essex, Conn., during the first week of June.
Whether it’s frugality in a new economy or a societal sea change about valuing experiences more than possessions, rentals and fractional ownership start-ups have clearly gained traction in the industry.
Time-strapped marina executives have lots of software choices to help them manage their operations. Staying compliant with ever-expanding environmental regulations is a whole different challenge.
ESSEX, Conn. — A boat show dedicated to cruising under power or sail got off to a good start in its debut this week, with exhibitors saying it has strong long-term potential.
U.S. Rep. Tom MacArthur (R-N.J.) recently introduced the Striped Bass American Heritage Act, which would designate the iconic species as the country’s national fish.