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Courting Hispanics: It’s a numbers game

The reason the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation is targeting Hispanics in a just-launched five-year promotional campaign can be found in the demographics, the RBFF says.

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Master Brewer

With 22 thriving boatyards, Jack Brewer, now 72, opts for a new role in the business he loves Jack Brewer knew little about boats, let alone the marine industry, when in 1964 he took over management of a 16-slip boatyard in Mamaroneck, N.Y. Forty-nine years later, what is now known as the Brewer Group owns…more

Something new at Career Day: Hiring

Rhode Island industry opens its doors to young people and this year it has some jobs for them For the eighth consecutive year, Rhode Island’s marine trades industry held an open house of sorts, inviting potential workers to take a closer look at career opportunities. More than 100 people attended the annual Marine Industry &…more

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Building a better marine work force

Rhode Island is among the first states to develop boating trades apprenticeship programs Two newly funded programs in Rhode Island could become vehicles for drawing fresh talent into the marine work force. The Governor’s Workforce Board awarded a $142,788 grant earlier this year to the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association to create and launch a…more

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Two years of free service, storage for Hunt buyers

Hunt Yachts president Peter Van Lancker sees the launch of the Hunt Carefree Purchase Program as a sales incentive to move  new boats, but also as a vehicle to take his company’s reputation for after-purchase service to new highs. “It’s a competitive world, and we’re trying to differentiate ourselves,” he says. For customers, that means…more

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ABC serves up reason to cheer

Attendance rises sharply and Capitol Hill meetings suggest industry’s message is getting through Participants came away from the American Boating Congress in Washington, D.C., in early May with renewed confidence in the industry’s political fights over key issues such as ethanol as a fuel additive. The economy continues to sputter, but business is slowly improving.…more

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Turnout rises at New England shows

Exhibitors at Providence and Hartford report stronger sales and a more upbeat consumer attitude Back-to-back January boat shows gave New England dealers an encouraging foretaste of the 2013 selling season: Attendance rose in Providence (R.I.) and Hartford (Conn.), and there were positive signs at both events. The bottom-line conclusion: People are buying boats again, even…more

NYC jump-starts the 2013 show season

The industry put its best foot forward into 2013 with the New York Boat Show — the oldest in the country at 108 years and the first of the new year. The longest line in recent memory waited for the doors of the Jacob K. Javits Center in Manhattan to open Jan. 3, and for…more

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Sandy who? FLIBS shrugs off storm impact

Two-day brush with squalls was the only thing that prevented a true ‘blowout show,’ says producer Staying true to their can-do spirit, organizers of the bellwether Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show were rewarded for persevering through two days of Hurricane Sandy’s wind and rain with solid attendance buoyed by a fair and sunny weekend. “All…more

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Strong shows in the Northeast

Exhibitors at Newport and Norwalk agree the consumer mood has shifted for the better The two Northeast events in September that kick off the fall boat show season were graced with good weather, improved attendance and a steadier consumer. Beyond sounding cautiously optimistic, the prevailing sentiment among dealers at the Newport International Boat Show and…more

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