Miami show’s new location is a huge success

After accomplishing the biggest relocation of a major show in marine industry history last year, the National Marine Manufacturers Association executed a second-year improvement plan in remarkable ways while dispelling any doubts about this iconic show’s permanent new home. If you’re looking for final attendance and sales reports, I’m sure those facts will be reported […]

Grants make headway for Hispanic fishing community

Today I’m beginning five days of manning the Discover Boating and “Hands On Skills Training” activity at the Progressive Miami International Boat Show and I’m reminded of the importance to our industry of the growing Hispanic market, not just here in South Florida, but across America. I recall what America Sportfishing Association president Mike Nussman […]

Virtual-reality boating is the wave of the future

It was a blustery 20 degrees, with snow on the ground and a frozen lake, when I walked into the showroom at Ohio’s Buckeye Sports Center to look over the new Super Air Nautique G-21. Its styling and dramatic surf graphics made the boat an immediate turn-on. Next, Jim Armington said: “I think you should […]

In one week, it’s all Miami

The Greater Miami area will become the epicenter of the recreational boating world one week from today when the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail opens in two locations in Miami, while Yachts Miami Beach will begin a similar five-day run over in Miami Beach. While Yachts Miami Beach marks its 29th […]

Seven success tips worth consideration

If you’re like me, you enjoy listening to good motivational speakers or reading notes and articles that contain good ideas or adaptable tips. Here, then, are a few I’ve collected from some sources known and some not. Perhaps there’s a gem or two in here for you today: 1) Always positive: If you want to […]

A shining example of industry philanthropy

A well-deserved salute to the Marine Industries Association of South Florida on tonight’s party marking the 40th anniversary of the Broward County Waterway Cleanup. MIASF’s Waterway Cleanup is the county’s largest and longest-running environmental event. Actually, it might be the longest-running and most successful event of its kind anywhere. Not only is it a great […]

Do your leads bear fruit after a show is over?

It’s been a while since we’ve seen so many boat shows see a surge in attendance, but it’s happening. And, while we’re talking shows, research by Discover Boating identifies some key mistakes dealers can make during and after the show. First, here’s the good news from recent shows: Cincinnati up 30 percent; New York up […]

The ‘millennial dilemmial’

Some millennials are burdened with student loan debts and earn less than expected, but enough of them are doing well to keep the industry’s boat sales prospects bright.

Cincinnati and Cleveland shows lead the pack

Cincinnati is dubbed the Queen City of Ohio but the title should be King City when it comes to attendance at the boat show that wrapped up last weekend. And in the northern part of the state, the Cleveland show also chalked up handsome gains. The Cincinnati Travel, Sports and Boat Show enjoyed a whopping […]

Is swipe fee reform dead?

Last summer, Republicans took aim at financial reform by proposing legislative action to replace Dodd-Frank with the Financial Choice Act. The proposal included a repeal of the hard-won debit-card swipe fees reform that more fairly set what’s paid by retailers. Should we expect it to happen this year? It’s been five years since the implementation […]

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