“Tin Man” Bill Ek made his mark on the industry.

Industry mourns its ‘Tin Man,’ Bill Ek

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 enjoy a good first half

Dealers around the country are saying business is clearly up, and they expect that 2015 is on track to beat 2014 results.

Jake Owen shares his passion for the water through Discover Boating.

Trade Only Today catches up with country music’s Jake Owen

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.

Part of the fleet of 27 cruising boats at the Essex Island Marina in Essex, Conn.

A buying crowd for new show

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.

The online booking service sells individual spots on fishing boats worldwide, creating a more affordable way for weekend anglers to enjoy private charter sportfishing.

Hooking up

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.

A marina employee performs storm water runoff testing in response to a reminder issued by software developed by environmental consultant Ted Sailer

Keeping pace with the EPA

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.

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