Keeping waterways clean and open to boaters is an important goal of the recreational marine industry. Individually and as members of trade organizations, marine businesses push for the enactment of fair rules and regulations governing use of the nation's rivers, lakes, streams and ocean waters.
AFTCO was established in 1958 in Newport Beach, Calif., as the American Fishing Tackle Co. by J.C. Axelson, a pioneer in big-game tackle development. In 1973, Milt and Peggie Shedd acquired the business and oversaw its evolution into a brand that focuses on conservation as well as big-game angling.
Andrew Grego recalls a meeting with an injured soldier at Walter Reed Military Medical Center that steeled his resolve to press on with Blue Water Warriors, a Fort Lauderdale non-profit that gets wounded veterans out on the water.
Some people think millennials are unlikely candidates for boat ownership. Ben Dorton, the 26-year-old brand manager at Bryant Boats, is betting they’re wrong. Dorton and his father, John, Bryant’s chairman, are launching Wake Tractor, a new company that’s building a boat geared to the potentially lucrative millennial market. Although the Wake Tractor will be built…more