millenial

Motivating millennials to become boat buyers

Bryant Boats chairman John Dorton is focusing on the upcoming generation of boaters, and he’s taking an aggressive approach to reach that segment. “I call them the millennials, and they’re really the group that we’re after,” Dorton says. “We’re going after the baby boomers, like everybody else is, but we wanted to target that generation,…more

sterndrive

Don’t write off sterndrives

They’ve trailed outboards in recovery, but much quieter, more efficient models are on the horizon The industry has experienced modest gains since the recession, but the recovery hasn’t been consistent across segments. Sales of outboard-powered aluminum boats have rebounded well, and the sport jetboat market saw a resurgence last year. But sales of sterndrive boats…more

jetboat

Two new faces in jetboat field

Chaparral and Rec Boat Holdings will join Yamaha and Sea Ray in the fast-growing market segment Chaparral Boats and Rec Boat Holdings announced within days of one another in April that they’re jumping into the sport jetboat market. But the two companies have generally different approaches — and reasons — for breaking into the segment.…more

debris

Debris or not debris?

That is the question that sent N.J. dealers onto the icy water to test the safety of post-Sandy boating Months after Hurricane Sandy struck, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — still trying to secure federal aid — continued to warn of debris languishing in the state’s waterways. As recently as February the Republican governor said…more

earning

Chilly spring dampens earnings

Poor weather delays season in some states, slowing sales and limiting profits for the quarter Publicly held marine companies posted mixed results for the January-March quarter, attributing losses or reduced profits to cooler-than-average weather, measured against unseasonably warm conditions during the same period in 2012. During conference calls with analysts, chief executives Dustan McCoy of…more

jacobs

Irwin Jacobs’ pontoon alternative

Aluminum/fiberglass Escape will be a ‘game-changer,’ he says, grabbing market share from the tube boats Irwin Jacobs has opened up about a new line Larson Boats plans to unveil this spring — one he hopes will take market share away from pontoons. In fact, the line was kept so hush-hush that before Soundings Trade Only…more

anglers

Anglers turn to aluminum

Sales of the lightweight metal fishing boats have been outpacing fiberglass since bottoming out in 2010 Aluminum fishing boat sales have outperformed the overall market and overshadowed their fiberglass counterparts since 2008, when the industry — and the economy — took a dive. The endurance of aluminum fishing boat sales through the downturn proved the…more

pontoon

The newly cool pontoon boat

‘Ma and Pa’s barge’ is leading the way to recovery with enhanced performance and sexier styling The trend is not new. Pontoon boats have been gaining in popularity for about a decade, but since 2009 the segment has far outpaced others in speed of recovery. Aluminum was a growth market in 2012. For the year,…more

miami

Best Miami show in many years

Exhibitors point to hefty increases in sales; Brunswick says its brands enjoyed ‘phenomenal’ success Attendance at the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail was up only slightly, but several exhibitors say they had double-digit improvement in sales from last year’s Miami show. “Our sales were up almost double from last year,” says…more

catalyzed

Catalyzed outboards?

If EPA mandates the technology, the cost could far outweigh the benefits, industry leaders warn With the long and arduous process of catalyzing sterndrive engines in the rearview mirror, catalyzed outboards may be next. Mercury Marine is testing catalytic converters for small and large outboards for the California Air Resources Board, or CARB, where many…more

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