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Open eyes, hopeful hearts

Weatherwise, it was not a perfect day for the water — gray, layered clouds and a light wind out of the east. But my 15-year-old daughter had a day off from the horse barn where she works and asked, “Dad, can we go out on the boat?” I don’t hear that every day, so I […]

Chicago adds to the E15 debacle

In Chicago, it is said, dead people still vote. But until now, I didn’t realize Chicago could be the seat of brain-dead office holders.

Midwest groups team up to space out shows

The three largest in-water boating expositions held annually on the Great Lakes have worked together to set dates that avoid conflicts and make it more convenient for exhibitors that traditionally display in each event. Both the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association and the Michigan Boating Industries Association have revamped their upcoming fall show schedules. Overall, […]

Do you hire people smarter than you are?

Would you hire someone who’s smarter than you are? In 35 years in journalism and the marine industry, I’ve heard my share of senior management types espouse the virtues of surrounding themselves with people who are brighter than they are. In truth, more than a few wound up foundering because they didn’t hire people who […]

Music videos, TV commercials and customer service

We can always learn from good events. So when they occur, they’re worth noting. For example, BRP’s hot new Sea-Doo Spark has landed a starring role in the latest music video of pop duo Capital Cities entitled “One More Minute.” According to Ryan Merchant, half of Capital Cities with Sebu Simonian: “This song is high-energy […]

Can we reach millennials?

In the current issue of Soundings Trade Only, editor-in-chief Bill Sisson is spot-on when he cites things such as lack of time, student loans, less income and troubles finding good-paying jobs as major hurdles for millennials who we want to be buying our boats. But it might be what he didn’t say about this enormous […]

Dealer Outlook marks seven years

It was back in the summer of 2007. The phone rang and a lady on the other end said: “Now that you’ve retired from the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association, we think you’re just the guy to start a blog for marine dealers.” The caller was Lois Caliri, then-editor of Soundings Trade Only. I said […]

The health of boating? Never been better

With years of declining sales finally behind us and our recovery from the Great Recession, while disappointingly slow, well under way, you’ve gotta like the solid evidence that our future is good as shown in the Coast Guard’s latest National Recreational Boating Survey. Bottom line: boating still has a powerful attraction. According to this participation […]

What do you expect? It’s a boat

It is not the leather or teak or technology that matters so much to the good folks on the water these days as it is a different kind of comfort. Call it the luxury of reliability, dependability and durability. Those are three of the keys to the realm in this new normal. It’s a definition […]

An argument for stricter cost control

Cost control is something we often consider in the context of budget cuts. But as a priority part of our business plan? Perhaps not. Still, if it can prove a successful strategy for an airline, it could be useful in a boat dealership.

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