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.

Two recent boat shows prove momentum is building

A lot of spring rain isn’t necessarily welcomed in all parts of the country, but for dealers in the Houston area, rain could be making a big difference. At least that’s the feeling around the Boating Trades Association of Metropolitan Houston as organizers just wrapped up the 27th annual edition of the Houston Summer Boat […]

Good or bad, we own our reputation

Reputation is one word that can impact everything. I recently needed to have the tile roof on our house professionally cleaned. Seems our homeowner’s association rules mandate all roofs must be kept clean and I got a letter saying that ours needed attention. Fair enough, I thought, who wants to be known as the neighbor […]

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. […]

Country music and kicking back on a boat

It takes a lot to get my 15-year-old daughter’s attention these days if the topic isn’t horses or country music. I’m certain she has a recessive water gene in there somewhere. Anyway, I did manage to get her to unplug and focus on her father for a few moments last week when I came home […]

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