The retailer’s traditional reliance on sales of boating parts and accessories is being supplemented by alternative water-sports options as part of its new strategy.

The chandlery goes millennial

Retail is undergoing the biggest change it has seen in more than a generation as demographics shift, mobile devices are increasingly used for shopping and millennials enter the work force.

Boating is just one of the leisure-time industries wrestling with affordability and time-constraint issues.

Cheer up: we could be golf

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story concludes a two-part special report on the challenges facing recreation-based industries and what is being done to overcome them.

Propellers are forged at Mercury Marine’s molten metal plant.

Blue-collar bind

Across the country, boat dealerships of all sizes are facing a similar challenge. Whether they’re in a seasonal state or one with year-round boating, regardless of whether they’re in a region slow to emerge from the Great Recession or one that is thriving, these marine industry players are struggling with the same thing — worker…more

Analyst sees increased boat sales in second quarter

Barring a “major external shock,” U.S. consumers will remain much more resilient than expected despite new sales data that showed April boat sales were roughly flat, compared with the same month in the prior year.

The Gunboat 55, shown here, will be produced by Grand Large Yachts after the sale is finalized.

New Gunboat owner commits to U.S. presence

Grand Large Yachts bought Gunboat International for $910,000 in cash and has committed to continue the brand and to have a U.S. presence, although it is not clear whether the company will continue its operations in Wanchese, N.C.

American Boating Congress opens in D.C.

The workforce shortage is top of mind for many in the marine industry as boat dealerships have a 21.6 percent deficit between the number of employees they’ve budgeted for and those they actually employ.

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