BOSTON — The rebounding economy has boat buyers showing interest in the cruiser market for the first time in years — at least for many dealers at the New England Boat Show.
History would suggest that a slowdown in pontoon sales trends is imminent, but the most recent data from Info-Link suggests that it won’t be happening anytime soon.
Planning for the American Boating Congress is under way and industry advocates say this year’s event will not only be important to attend, it also will offer even more to visitors to maximize their time on Capitol Hill.
BOSTON — Though traffic seemed light at the Progressive Insurance New England Boat Show on Monday, dealers said that only three days into the 10-day show this year’s event was on track to be their best in years.
Azimut Yachts is relying on a new “Made in Italy” marketing strategy that invokes the country’s long history of art and beauty, but Azimut is more than just a beautiful creation, says marketing director Francesco Ansalone.
After the banking collapse in 2008, the number of boat dealerships shrank dramatically. Within months, roughly 35 percent had left the business, as floorplan loans dwindled and in some cases vanished. The bottom also dropped out quickly on boat sales, which fell to roughly half of prerecession levels before bottoming out in 2010.
Read. And not just Internet blurbs — read books, periodicals, newspapers, business journals, read about marine industry icons, read about companies that have nothing to do with boats — just read.
Rhode Island Marine Trades Association president Wendy Mackie wanted to step up content at this year’s Providence Boat Show, which the group had owned for about three months before its Jan. 31 opening, so she added interactive seminars and demonstrations.
Al Kuebelbeck was known for his strong presence in the marine industry over the course of four decades, but daughter Chris Kuebelbeck-Wittwer says no one will miss him more than the grandchildren he doted on.
Several Marine Retail University attendees took notes during the portion of the day that highlighted negative online reviews — a sometimes murky topic for business owners, who often feel the negative reviews are mistaken or unfair.