90 years on a seesaw

Engine distributor Mack Boring balances its role as a conduit between manufacturer and dealer A company that survives both the Great Depression and now the Great Recession is clearly doing something right. That was the theme at Mack Boring & Parts Co.’s 90th anniversary celebration in September at the distributor’s Union, N.J., headquarters. “My grandparents…more


Living and selling the Maine life

Publisher, show producer and ‘boat freak’ John Hanson turned his adopted state’s charm into a career For John K. Hanson Jr., a failed attempt in boatbuilding led to a more rewarding and successful career as a marine journalist and boat show producer. Hanson is the founder and publisher of Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors magazine,…more


Marketing a product by walking the walk

Beneteau is running its Swift Trawler 34 through the Great Loop this summer in a bold 7,000-mile venture Getting a product noticed is one of the tenets of any good marketing campaign. When you’re trying to market a product that might not be widely associated with a particular manufacturer in a particular country — and…more


A crown jewel in the Windy City

The new 31st Street Harbor marina adds 1,000 slips in Chicago and will host a new in-water show The more than 4 million registered boats in the eight states surrounding the Great Lakes represent a quarter of the nation’s recreational fleet. Chicago, with 28 miles of shoreline on Lake Michigan, along with the Chicago River…more


Fiery forensics

Accident or arson? Staged burnings help investigators dig out clues when examining charred hulls The approximately 1,200 members of the International Association of Marine Investigators make their living by determining why a boat has sunk, burned, exploded or disappeared. To certified marine investigators such as 30-year veteran Daniel K. Rutherford, there are four classifications for…more


A show for charters in the Northeast

Newport Charter Yacht Show promotes the region as an alternative to the Med or Caribbean The new owners of the annual Newport Charter Yacht Show are working to revitalize and raise the profile of the 30-year-old Rhode Island event, which is focused on a region that is not the first that comes to mind when…more


Traffic up at Yacht & Brokerage Show

Number of boats and exhibitors increased and PassageMaker magazine’s TrawlerPort made its debut An expanded Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach drew significant traffic and encouraging reports of qualified buyers and sales, according to Show Management, producers of the Feb. 16-20 show held on Collins Avenue. “At the end of the show we heard…more


High hopes for many at Hartford show

More visitors with a genuine interest in buying led dealers to believe that a slow recovery may be speeding up A sense that the economy is improving was evident at the Hartford Boat Show, as well as winter shows in New York and Providence, R.I. Several dealers spoke of a shift in mood among people…more


Deluge didn’t stop Atlanta Boat Show

Event manager mobilized a rapid, effective cleanup effort after 90,000 gallons of water spilled onto the exhibit floor Larry Berryman was eagerly looking forward to creating what he called the “largest indoor wake park in the country” as a focal point for the Jan. 12-15 Atlanta Boat Show. The park, consisting of two 50-by-100-foot 100,000-gallon…more


Guarded optimism at Providence Boat Show

Sense among dealers was that the days of ‘pinching pennies’ are over for potential boat buyers Exhibitors at the Providence Boat Show at the Rhode Island Convention Center in January spoke with guarded optimism about the show and the coming year. Attendance was up 3 percent at the Jan. 12-15 event, according to show spokeswoman…more

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