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A ‘no man’s land’ in big-boat lending

Loans are available in the $50,000 range, but a credit blemish can torpedo the sale of a larger boat The marine retail lending market has certainly leveled out since the financial meltdown of 2008, when it seemed to change on a daily basis. That’s welcome news to dealers, lenders and manufacturers, who are, by and…more

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An ominous age gap

Twice as many new-boat buyers are over 65 as are under 40 and that gives forecasters gray hairs No matter how you dice it, the data is clear: Boat buyers are getting older at a rate that’s outpacing overall aging in America. And that’s not just new-boat buyers. Used-boat buyers also are aging, albeit not…more

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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