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Environmental impact is now a selling point

Businessman markets his helix anchors and his ‘Eco’ rode to marinas around the world Even as the economy continues to sputter and businesses scratch and claw for revenue, boaters continue to use their boats. This has opened opportunities for a host of service-related businesses, from the repair and parts departments found in dealerships to small,…more

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Fugitive son of Striker founder imprisoned

Mark Steven Phillips gets a five-year sentence for his role in a 1970s drug-smuggling operation Mark Steven Phillips, son of the founder of sportfisherman builder Striker Aluminum Yachts, was sentenced to five years in prison June 15 by the federal judge who presided over his drug-smuggling trial more than three decades ago. Prosecutors had sought…more

Former dealer gets five years for fraud

A former boat dealer who spent years on the run in Brazil was sentenced June 7 to five years in prison in connection with fraud schemes. Leonard Kolschowsky, 68, of Stillwater, Minn., had pleaded guilty March 21, acknowledging he was responsible for nearly $1 million in losses related to a false loan application and other…more

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A farm system for marine technicians

The chronic drumbeat within the service sector — the need for more qualified technicians — is getting even louder as boat systems grow in complexity. The Association of Marine Technicians is entering its 10th year of supporting technicians nationwide with training. Joe DeMarco, the group’s president, is a staunch advocate of better pay for those…more

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Fresh ideas at a seasoned dealership

A boat club is among the ‘cool’ things happening at the oldest Grady-White outlet in the U.S. In tough economic times, some businesses dig in and hunker down. One New York dealer, however, is choosing to push forward and explore the opportunities still out there. “We’re trying to get more value out of our location.…more

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A focus on the personal touch

E-mails, newsletters and social media are all in the mix for Mount Dora Boating Center & Marina Treat every customer like they’re the only customer. That philosophy is ingrained in the culture at Mount Dora Boating Center & Marina, says general manager Joe Lewis. Whether it’s immediately addressing a problem or just helping a customer…more

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Rebuilding the industry one job at a time

Career Day at the International Yacht Restoration School brings together employers and potential workers   As a measure of the industry’s health and future, the sixth annual Marine Industry Career Day at the International Yacht Restoration School was another sign that prospects are improving. “I’ve attended every one of these career days and this one…more

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Yacht & Brokerage Show numbers on the rise

Exhibitors, attendance, boats and revenue all showed increases over last year on Collins Avenue The scene at this year’s Yacht & Brokerage Show, staged along Miami’s Collins Avenue, showed a continuing uptick in optimism among exhibitors. There were more boats, exhibitors and visitors at this year’s Yacht & Brokerage Show, further brightening the mood of…more

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Down the driveway and into the water

Builder of an amphibious RIB with motorized wheels aims to expand its North American market Amid a down market of epic proportions, the manufacturer of one of the most unusual vessels around is rumbling into the North American recreational market. Sealegs is an amphibious RIB with three motorized, retractable hydraulic wheels that allow the owner…more

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Sensing a wind shift in the Northeast

Dealers at Rhode Island, Connecticut shows saw enough serious buyers to hope for brighter days While much of the industry was focused on how this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will be received, a cautious uptick in optimism marked two major Northeast shows in September. Although inventories of new and used boats are down,…more

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