EPA raises expected level of ethanol for 2017

The Environmental Protection Agency reversed course from its initial proposal regarding mandated ethanol volumes for 2017, acting to increase the volumes more than initially proposed.

Livingston’s trailerable boats filled a market gap at a time when people were downsizing.

Q&A with Fluid Motion president John Livingston

Ranger Tugs does not have a typical story. After introducing the R-25 tugboat in 2006, the company actually grew by double digits every year though the Great Recession, says John Livingston, 48, president of Kent, Wash.-based Fluid Motion, the parent company of Ranger Tugs and Cutwater Boats.

Demand for skilled marine employees will increase in the next three years, according to an industry survey.

The job crisis: Is the industry doing enough?

During the long presidential campaign we all heard the laments about manufacturing jobs disappearing in America. But ask anyone in the boating industry, and you quickly get a different story.

The industry has been hard at work during the long campaign season lobbying on behalf of recreational anglers like these.

Angling lobby uses its $70B clout

In the weeks leading up to the November election, boating and fishing advocates were quietly working with transition teams of the Clinton and Trump campaigns to ensure that saltwater fishing isn’t overlooked as interest groups clamor for a spot at the table.

NMMA seeks clarity from Trump on ethanol policy

The National Marine Manufacturers Association is “eagerly awaiting” Donald Trump’s appointments to head the Environmental Protection Agency and the federal Department of Agriculture to clarify the president-elect’s position on ethanol, which to date has largely supported ethanol increases in the fuel supply.

MRAA survey seeks industry pay data

The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas is launching a retail compensation survey, inviting more than 3,000 boat dealerships, service shops, retail outlets and marinas to provide demographic and compensation-related information.

Fort Lauderdale show opens with larger footprint

The 57th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is stepping up its sophistication factor this year to accommodate the droves of people who come not just to browse, but also to close on a new boat.

Brunswick: Revenue growth strong, but below expectations

Brunswick Corp. had revenue of $1.09 billion in the third quarter, missing expectations by about $20 million, due in part to integrating an acquisition on the fitness side of the business, and also due in part to slower international sales of engines.

Thiel understood boats from the inside out and was generous with his time and knowledge.

An affinity for words … and people

Friends and associates in the marine industry are mourning the death of Capt. Richard Thiel, editor-at-large of Power & Motoryacht magazine, who died Sept. 13 in Branford, Conn., of complications from a stroke suffered a week earlier. He was 70 and a resident of Chester, Conn.

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