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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 […]

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 […]

New outboards, market share figures and good numbers from Washington

If you think you’ve been seeing more outboards on the water and in showrooms these days, your eyes are not deceiving you. Outboards have been gobbling market share for the last seven years. Credit the development of clean, reliable and quiet 4-strokes and improved direct-injection 2-strokes for much of that gain. There are other factors, […]

A home run of a derby

As a teacher and principal in Middletown, R.I., Steve Ponte has influenced thousands of children. Outside the classroom, he’s also been a role model and mentor for young people through a kids’ fishing tournament he has held through the school for the last 28 years. “As soon as I got into the public schools, I […]

A master’s duty

Two well-publicized marine accidents — the capsizing of the Italian cruise liner Costa Concordia and the South Korean ferry Sewol — have raised a number of safety questions and concerns, including this one: Must the captain go down with the ship? It’s a little more complicated than lore might have you believe. The safety of […]

Missing sailors and difficult decisions

It is probably one of the most difficult things the Coast Guard has to do: suspending the search for mariners lost at sea while loved ones implore them to keep looking for at least a little longer. Their hope is rock-solid, their pleas as heartfelt as any you’ll hear in your life, let alone your […]

Q&A with Mercury’s new president

I was able to catch up earlier this week by email with John Pfeifer, the new president of Mercury Marine. Pfeifer, 48, replaces Mark Schwabero, who was recently promoted to the newly created position of president and chief operating officer of Brunswick Corp.

Boat sales, the bull market and the winter of our discontent

It came as little surprise that the harsh winter and its significant drag on the economy in the first quarter would also impact boat sales. Just how much remains to be seen. Brunswick reported a drop in boat and engine sales for the quarter, which it attributed to adverse weather in some key boating states. […]

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