Brunswick outlines three-year growth plan

Brunswick Corp. expects growth of 7 to 9 percent between 2016 and 2018 and anticipates that the gain will come from continued industry growth, investment in new products and investments in additional acquisitions around its marine parts and accessories business, as well as its fitness business.

Few gasoline stations sell non-ethanol fuel. This one is in Florida.

House members question EPA on ethanol increase

In a letter sent to Environmental Protection Agency administrator Gina McCarthy, 45 members of the House of Representatives questioned the agency about what it has done to protect boat owners and other small-engine equipment consumers from accidentally misfueling with E15 and higher blends of ethanol.

This 36-foot center console has helped EdgeWater Boats drive demand and contribut-ed to the company’s recent growth in workforce and capacity.

EdgeWater Boats expands workforce and facility

EdgeWater Boats, seeing its third successive year of double-digit growth, expanded its Florida facility by 22,000 square feet and beefed up its workforce by 20 percent to meet growing demand.

The retailer’s traditional reliance on sales of boating parts and accessories is being supplemented by alternative water-sports options as part of its new strategy.

The chandlery goes millennial

Retail is undergoing the biggest change it has seen in more than a generation as demographics shift, mobile devices are increasingly used for shopping and millennials enter the work force.

Boating is just one of the leisure-time industries wrestling with affordability and time-constraint issues.

Cheer up: we could be golf

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story concludes a two-part special report on the challenges facing recreation-based industries and what is being done to overcome them.

Propellers are forged at Mercury Marine’s molten metal plant.

Blue-collar bind

Across the country, boat dealerships of all sizes are facing a similar challenge. Whether they’re in a seasonal state or one with year-round boating, regardless of whether they’re in a region slow to emerge from the Great Recession or one that is thriving, these marine industry players are struggling with the same thing — worker…more

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