The industry is hoping better weather will reignite boaters' passion.

Quarterly earnings take a weather hit

The unsurprising mantra from companies that issued quarterly earnings reports in April was “weather.” The winter that wouldn’t end depressed boat and gear sales throughout the January-March quarter, but many are optimistic that increasing customer demand will translate to delayed 2014 sales, at least in some segments.

Bayliner builds sterndrive- and outboard-powered boats.

Sterndrive schizophrenia

The sterndrive fiberglass segment is still navigating choppy waters. Quarter after quarter, the industry speculates that the segment has hit bottom, only to see it trend downward again. Many blame the decline on innovations in outboards. Others point to emission regulations that have increased the cost of sterndrives. Both are legitimate theories.

Report shows boat sales boost in April

It’s still early in the boat-buying season, but April numbers show signs that the bad-weather slump is largely behind the industry and sales are back on the upswing. April sales are typically the first that the industry reviews to take the overall selling season’s pulse. “We’re on a continued upswing,” Info-Link managing director Jack Ellis…more

Mark Schwabero

Brunswick CEO announces succession plan

The recent appointment of Mark Schwabero to the newly created post of president and COO of Brunswick Corp. is part of a long-term succession program that will allow CEO Dusty McCoy to retire in 2016.

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