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Boston Whaler sees boost in market share

BOSTON — Boston Whaler has been increasing its market share across the board, seeing a 25 percent increase in the 23- to 32-foot segment for the last six quarters in a row.

Preparation under way for American Boating Congress

Planning for the American Boating Congress is under way and industry advocates say this year’s event will not only be important to attend, it also will offer even more to visitors to maximize their time on Capitol Hill.

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Dealers optimistic at New England Boat Show

BOSTON — Though traffic seemed light at the Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show on Monday, dealers said that only three days into the 10-day show this year’s event was on track to be their best in years.

Robotics and other assembly line efficiences are of little value here.

Remarkably unsinkable

After the banking collapse in 2008, the number of boat dealerships shrank dramatically. Within months, roughly 35 percent had left the business, as floorplan loans dwindled and in some cases vanished. The bottom also dropped out quickly on boat sales, which fell to roughly half of prerecession levels before bottoming out in 2010.

Topics specific to the Northeast were presented in January at the Massachusetts session.

Boat sales 101

Read. And not just Internet blurbs — read books, periodicals, newspapers, business journals, read about marine industry icons, read about companies that have nothing to do with boats — just read.

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