Since Matt Gruhn joined the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas as president in October 2011 he and his team have systematically remade the MRAA’s flagship event, the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo.
Three years after Hurricane Sandy took a fateful left turn in the Atlantic and plowed into the New Jersey coast, marinas and boatyards are still recovering from the physical and financial hammering they were dealt. Waterfront communities along the Gulf Coast, Florida and north to the Carolinas routinely have to brace for tropical storms and…more
NORWALK, Conn. — Exhibitors at the Norwalk Boat Show, which kicked off Thursday on the southwest Connecticut coastline, say a near-perfect summer, combined with lower fuel prices and a continued economic recovery, have produced a solid 2015 and offer optimism moving forward. “The year has been good. From July 1 to today we didn’t have…more
NEWPORT, R.I. — The 45th annual Newport International Boat Show was blessed with wall-to-wall sunshine during its four-day run weekend run and dealers’ and vendors’ disposition was equally bright.
It’s the kind of science project any nautically minded middle-school student would love: Launch an unmanned “drifter” vessel, then track its progress as it crosses the Atlantic, gathering data.
Visitors to the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in November will see a new center console, the 2016 Adrenalizer 38 Open SportFish.
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.