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Powering ahead

The “vibe” at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference in Tampa Tuesday on the opening day of the show was as strong as any I have sensed since pre-recession days. How much of that was attributable to the industry’s continuing recovery and how much was enthusiasm about the new venue is difficult to say. But […]

Large yachts turn heads, but don’t forget the jobs

I live in small boating town on the lower Connecticut River and it’s hard to go out after work and lift a pint without bumping into someone who makes his or her living in our industry. The lineup includes brokers, designers and a long list of talented characters who maintain, service, repair and rebuild boats. […]

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 […]

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.

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