I visited the boatyard recently to pay my slip bill for the season, to catch up with old friends and to see what happened since winter. Tom’s 40-foot Cabo has a new teak swim platform and washboards. I eyeballed the yard’s new hydraulic trailer, which was moving boats from the off-site indoor winter storage shed…more
Letters from the Editor
Facing a shortage of qualified workers is not new for our industry. It’s been an on-again, off-again challenge for the last three decades. But as new-boat production continues to ramp up from recession lows, the work-force situation is tight and appears to be getting tighter.
If the wealth effect was not in full throat in Miami, it certainly was on the rise and spreading, from the Yacht & Brokerage Show along moneyed Collins Avenue to the NMMA venues at the Miami Beach Convention Center and on across the Venetian Causeway. Sure signs were everywhere.
I’ll be very surprised if I don’t see more boats on the water this season than at any time since the recession.
It’s been a long and winding road, but Americans are continuing to make their way back to the water in ever-increasing numbers. You hear their confident tones in conversations on the docks, at boat shows and marinas, on the sandbars and in the watering holes. More and more, they’re talking about their “next” boat or…more
A plan to significantly increase high-speed rail traffic between Miami and the Orlando International Airport could result in increased bridge closings, which would severely affect the many South Florida service and repair yards upriver of the bridges.
It was one of those moments that doesn’t happen every day in our industry. Two boatbuilders, a father and son, running two companies introduced significant new boats earlier this year at the same boat show. A 50-foot powerboat and a 55-foot sailing catamaran.
We’ve talked a lot about older boaters, younger boaters and a more diverse face for the next generation of boat buyers. What about young leaders? It’s not just the guy on the dock or launch ramp who is graying. It’s all of us.
I was cleaning up my desk recently and I found an envelope on which I’d scribbled: “A boat that works properly is a great luxury.”
It’s a challenge that all of us in the industry face. How do we take care of today’s customers while also trying to figure out how to capture the next big generation, gathering on the horizon as we speak?