The marine industry’s problem — and it’s a big one — is filling job opportunities, not creating them.

Workforce crisis: No easy answers

When marine dealers approached Matt Gruhn, president of the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, and said their biggest challenge was filling jobs, Gruhn sensed there was a crisis brewing.

Changes in trade policy would have profound ramifications for the marine industry, which not only exports a great deal of product, but also relies to a heavy extent on an international supply chain.

Tariffs, taxes and Trump

Every action prompts an equal and opposite reaction — it’s a basic law of physics. Contemplating major tariff and tax overhauls is no different, and the complexities have experts thinking about the ripple effects — from a strengthening dollar to raw material shortages.

An indoor pool allowed manufacturers and retailers of water sports equipment to demonstrate their gear.

Sales jump at Providence

The Providence Boat Show at the Rhode Island Convention Center was a day shorter this year, but saw a 10 percent increase in attendance. The Feb. 3-5 show drew more than 140 exhibitors with a fleet ranging from small paddle craft and inflatables to powerboats in the 20- to 30-foot range.

Crowds inspect the floor displays at the New York Boat Show, including a “bigger than ever” Sea Ray presence.

A sweeter Big Apple show

Now that it isn’t butting heads with New Year’s Eve, the Progressive New York Boat Show saw attendance leap 21 percent, attracting 43,238 shoppers this year, compared with 35,757 in 2016.

MIAMI 2017: Scout Boats will expand factory for 53-footer

MIAMI — Scout Boats plans to add a 100,000-square-foot plant to its three-factory campus in South Carolina to build the upcoming 53-foot center console for which the company unveiled plans at the Miami International Boat Show. The company also will add a 20,000-square-foot building for product development and engineering, Scout Boats founder and CEO Steve…more

MIAMI 2017: Sea Ray debuts L550 to VIP audience

MIAMI BEACH — Sea Ray was entertaining its VIP clients on the docks of Yachts Miami Beach Friday night, in part to show off its new L550 — the new addition making its world premiere to the popular L class series — but also to demonstrate the digital switching system that comes with a custom-designed…more

MIAMI 2017: Sunseeker discusses five-year growth plans

MIAMI BEACH — Sunseeker International, the United Kingdom’s oldest boatbuilder, held a dinner for the media after Yachts Miami Beach on Friday night at STK South Beach to discuss growth and to convey that the company is poised to achieve its five-year growth plans ahead of target.

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