IMBC beefs up marina design offerings

The marina industry is undergoing a transformation, brought on by the economic downturn, increasing weather challenges and a greater emphasis on environmentally sound practices.

Marrying data to mobile delivery

Cam Collins and Kevin Hutchinson say they’re not reinventing the wheel. They say My-Villages Inc.’s acquisition of Exuma Technologies and its DockMaster software will simply bring the same level of connectivity experienced in other industries to the marine environment.

Taylor Made and Ameritex displayed a Sylvan pontoon equipped with their canvas at IBEX.

Coming alongside as pontoons surge

Pontoon sales climbed once again this summer, posting a 23 percent year-over-year gain in August alone. The category has been one of only a few that have consistently rebounded since the economic downturn.

Certification becomes more dealer-friendly

The Marine Industry Certified Dealership program is evolving. The initiative, which the National Marine Manufacturers Association had run until it was recently taken over by the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, is going to be offered in tiers now instead of a one-size-fits-all format.

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A lingering credit hangover

Boat loans are a bit easier, but housing issues (foreclosures, short sales, lack of equity) still dog industry With the 2008 fall from the proverbial economic cliff a full five years behind us, boat dealers and manufacturers might be hopeful that by next season more people will return to buying new boats because some short…more

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Hatteras, Cabo out of limbo

CEO of the two brands says new ownership has satisfied consumer concerns and spurred sales If Brunswick Corp.’s announcement early this year that it planned to sell its Hatteras and Cabo brands prompted sales to decline, the sale to Philadelphia-based private equity firm Versa Capital Management LLC six months later has had the opposite effect.…more

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‘The world goes to METS’

‘Queen jewel’ of trade shows adds three more national pavilions for its Nov. 19-21 run in Amsterdam Some company executives might think that attending the 26th annual Marine Equipment Trade Show in Amsterdam Nov. 19-21 won’t be worthwhile because of the economic downturn that continues to challenge much of Europe. But those companies would be,…more

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MDCE becomes busier and better

Pre-event workshops, long-sought speaker Jeffrey Gitomer among key additions to November conference If you attended last year’s Marine Dealer Conference & Expo in Orlando, Fla., you know the event does not lack content. With three educational tracks taking place simultaneously, one of the most difficult aspects is choosing which to attend. You might think it…more

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Marina buzz on a budget

Building slip-holder camaraderie is one way to raise a yard’s profile, Maryland conferees agree EDITOR’S NOTE: This report was written by associate editor Reagan Haynes, who presented data at the Marine Trades Association of Maryland’s September conference based on her July story on the aging of the boating population. That story served as the basis…more

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FLIBS forecast ‘very vibrant’

Organizers expect the strongest Lauderdale show since 2007, with lots of new attractions The 54th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is on a mission to outperform itself. The Oct. 31-Nov. 4 event continues to add to offerings spread over six locations with more than 3 million square feet of space. One of this year’s new…more

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