RBFF boat tour shows Disney has that touch of magic

ORLANDO, Fla. — Ron Misch has been captaining Sun Tracker pontoon boats for so long at Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts that he remembers a time when he could hold small children on his lap and let them navigate the calm waters.

Analyst sees progress ahead for Brunswick

Brunswick Corp. is “one of the most attractive risk/reward profiles” among the leisure companies covered by Wells Fargo analysts and testing is taking place now for sterndrives built in-house that are due out later this year.

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‘A good week for boating’

Grant Porter, of Formula Boats, knows the marine industry’s position on ethanol can be a tough sell for members of Congress in his corn-growing state of Indiana. But he believes he made progress with at least one senator when he said the industry is not opposed to ethanol use per se, but that blends higher…more

The industry is hoping better weather will reignite boaters' passion.

Quarterly earnings take a weather hit

The unsurprising mantra from companies that issued quarterly earnings reports in April was “weather.” The winter that wouldn’t end depressed boat and gear sales throughout the January-March quarter, but many are optimistic that increasing customer demand will translate to delayed 2014 sales, at least in some segments.

Bayliner builds sterndrive- and outboard-powered boats.

Sterndrive schizophrenia

The sterndrive fiberglass segment is still navigating choppy waters. Quarter after quarter, the industry speculates that the segment has hit bottom, only to see it trend downward again. Many blame the decline on innovations in outboards. Others point to emission regulations that have increased the cost of sterndrives. Both are legitimate theories.

Report shows boat sales boost in April

It’s still early in the boat-buying season, but April numbers show signs that the bad-weather slump is largely behind the industry and sales are back on the upswing. April sales are typically the first that the industry reviews to take the overall selling season’s pulse. “We’re on a continued upswing,” Info-Link managing director Jack Ellis…more

Mark Schwabero

Brunswick CEO announces succession plan

The recent appointment of Mark Schwabero to the newly created post of president and COO of Brunswick Corp. is part of a long-term succession program that will allow CEO Dusty McCoy to retire in 2016.

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