Boating grants are a boon to industry growth

You’ve probably heard of the Boating Infrastructure Grant program, affectionately dubbed the “Big P” by those of us who have long cheered the benefits of seeing federal dollars spent to support recreational boating. It does things the industry couldn’t do for itself. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that oversees the Big P just awarded […]

More fish, less fish and no algae

From the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes, issues including red snapper, Asian carp and dangerous algae blooms are getting major attention. And they very well should because they directly impact boating. More red snapper: Recreational fishermen continue to battle for a proper share of the prized red snapper fishery by opposing a proposal […]

Dealers need new ways to draw new boaters

Last Thursday, I posted a blog about potential new boaters in the Carlos C. Gomez family and their apparent frustration in finding what they considered an affordable first boat. Several of your comments, thank you, raised the conversation in ways worth further exploration. My encounter with Gomez took place at the Progressive Miami International Boat […]

ABC: A pivotal event, now more than ever

There might never be a better time to effect changes in public policy than this year with a friendly Congress and key issues impacting the marine industry on the table.   That makes the American Boating Congress (May 11-13 in Washington) a must-attend event for manufacturers, dealers, marina operators, marine trade association leaders and industry […]

The Gomez family and thoughts about affordability

Carlos C. Gomez lives in Miami with his wife and four children, Mary, Kathrine, CJ and Jon. We met last weekend at the Discover Boating Center at the Progressive Miami International Boat Show after they decided to get into boating. “When I saw the Discover Boating sign,” Gomez said, “I came over because I figured […]

Miami was abuzz about the old and the new

Chatter about the obvious success of the 2015 Progressive Miami International Boat Show might have actually taken a backseat to talk about the 2016 show and its unprecedented move to a new site. In its swan song at the Miami Beach Convention Center site, some 94,980 visitors poured into the show there, while an additional […]

ABYC takes lead on invasive species: Part 2

When the American Boat and Yacht Council organized the inaugural Aquatic Invasive Species Summit, it opened a much-needed dialogue on the serious negative impact that invasive species will have on recreational boating and, therefore, the importance of the industry’s engagement. Many have heard of invasive species, but few really understand their threat. While there are […]

ABYC takes lead on invasive species: Part 1

Aquatic invasive species are often called a nuisance. So much for understatement. The truth is they are becoming a serious barrier to boating enjoyment and our industry’s prospects for growth and we must become engaged. The American Boat and Yacht Council, recognizing the problem, took the industry lead by convening the first aquatic invasive species […]

Resolve to make 2015 the best year yet

It’s not too late to make a New Year’s resolution or two. In fact, early February is a great time to pause and take stock. Resolution No. 1: Admittedly, most dealers are focused on their hectic winter boat show schedule. So it’s an easy guess that most haven’t yet set aside time to clean up […]

Why are thousands flocking to boat shows?

Why in the world would anyone pay parking and admission to go to a boat show and be hustled by a flock of salespeople when virtually everything they could want to know about a new marine product or dealer is available free at their fingertips? Answer: the experience. Sure, the Internet has made shopping for […]

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