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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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Outside-the-box idea puts boat into one

Peter Cook and Karen Morris import, pack and ship British sailboats themselves to keep costs down Last fall, a new boat importer/dealer was launched at the annual sailboat show in Annapolis, Md., with modest expectations and a sound business plan suited for the economic conditions. Ultimately, Topaz Sailing Systems – and its two employee/owners –…more

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The power of a positive customer approach

With sales down, Florida’s Thunder Marine connects with clientele through raft-ups, service and more The “saving grace” that is helping Steve Wacker’s Thunder Marine dealership survive the recession is customer service and care. “We’re a relationship dealership,” says Wacker, co-owner and sales manager of the business he owns and runs with his wife, Tracy LaPrade-Wacker.…more

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A 179-year-old marine paint newcomer

Italy-based Boero, a big name in Europe, taps Interlux veteran to build a foothold in U.S. market The name may be unfamiliar on this side of the Atlantic, but Boero Yacht Coatings has been a major player in Europe for more than a century. Now, the 179-year-old marine paint company is entering the North American…more

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Electronics 2010: The state of the industry

Refits and upgrades, along with new technology, are helping keep this segment afloat The trend of consumers holding on to their existing boats and opting to refit them and upgrade electronics and systems instead of buying new appears to be holding fast for at least another year, according to several key electronics industry players. “We…more

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A big-boat migration to Collins Avenue

Move to brokerage show by some is called a ‘natural sorting out’ that benefits both builder and buyer Tough economic times are no reason to stand pat. During the Miami International Boat Show, several manufacturers showcased products for the first time at the neighboring Yacht & Brokerage Show on Collins Avenue. They made the move…more

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In search of tomorrow’s work force

Companies showcase their businesses with an eye toward recruiting top local marine talent When the boating business turns around, there will be jobs to fill, and companies will be looking for skilled workers. That means it’s a good time to get the necessary training to be ready when businesses start hiring. That was the message…more

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