Dealer confidence remains high in May survey

Boat dealers reported solid demand in May, with 63 percent saying they saw growth in new-boat sales, according to the monthly survey conducted by the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas and Baird Equity Research.

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Q&A with Wayzata (Minn.) Marine owner Dave Briggs

Dave Briggs, 52, owner of Wayzata Marine in Wayzata, Minn., sold his first boat when he was 13. Having grown up in the dealership his parents launched (mostly a garden and lawn store in 1967), he was seasoned early on.

Millennials are the future, both as boaters and as members of the industry that will provide the boats and services owners will need.

Making way for the kids

About 10,000 baby boomers retire every day, research shows, a trend that is opening the door for more young people and millennials to fill those roles.

Late agreement saves Jacksonville show

After a false start that made many think the 21st Southeast US Boat Show wouldn’t happen this year, the Jacksonville, Fla., event was scheduled to run May 19-21 after an agreement between the city and show organizers.

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