Preparation under way for American Boating Congress

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.

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Dealers optimistic at New England Boat Show

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.

Robotics and other assembly line efficiences are of little value here.

Remarkably unsinkable

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.

Topics specific to the Northeast were presented in January at the Massachusetts session.

Boat sales 101

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.

The first Providence Boat Show under the leadership of the Rhode Island Marine Trades Association attracted 9,600 people.

New-look show is a winner

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.

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A legacy larger than Larson

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.

Pilloried on Facebook? What do you do?

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.

MIAMI 2014: Big shows start on Thursday

The Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach and the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show, two of the world’s most anticipated boat shows, open Thursday and run through Monday in various Miami locations.

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